isn't just a vacation anymore,
it's an emerging tool for parents who home school
vehicle ownership in the United States has reached
record levels with 8.8 million American adults owning
at least one RV, this according to The American
Camper: Profiles and Perspectives, a research project
of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds
(ARVC). Though a leading force behind the upswing
in RV ownership/vacationing is the enormous baby
boomer generation, a study by the University of
Michigan's Survey Research Center found that high
RV ownership now extends across a 40-year span,
from ages 35 to 75.
And these "land yachts," long popular
with retirees, are being bought with increasing
frequency by families with young children. Those
under age 35 posted the largest gains in RV ownership
rates during the past four years.
Some surmise the growth of home schooling may be
a contributing factor. What better classroom for
geography, American history and earth science lessons
than in the family RV while touring our nation coast
to coast, camping in national parks and commercial
facilities in close proximity to historic points
The American Camper: Profiles and Perspectives,
explores the unique lifestyles and leisure travel
preferences/intentions of active campers and RV
owners Among other findings in the study:
80% of RV owners utilized family-oriented
RV Parks/Resorts during the past year 78% of RV
owners have enjoyed exploring nature while staying
in an RV Park/Resort.
63% of RV owners find that being close to
nature is extremely important when selecting an
62% of RV owners participated in visiting
a historic or cultural site.
49% of RV owners participated in bird or
animal watching while staying in an RV Park/Resort.
48% of RV owners took a trip with extended
family, along with the children.
22% of RV owners stressed the importance
of the availability of activities for children and
teens at or near the campground or RV Park/Resort.
is the national association representing over 3900
RV parks and campgrounds throughout the United States
and Canada. The association is headquartered in
Falls Church, Va. More information about the association
can be found at www.ARVC.org. Additional information
about the association's member parks, an online
directory of parks and other camping services, and
general information for camping consumers can be
found at www.gocampingamerica.com.
Additional information about RVs and RVing can be
found at www.gorving.com.