RV TRAVELERS SPRING INTO
SUMMER WITH MORE MINI-VACATIONS, SURVEY SHOWS
Toward Shorter, Spur-of-the-Moment-Trips Is Growing
to the latest "Campfire Canvass" survey by Recreation Vehicle Industry
Association (RVIA), three-fourths of RV owners expect to travel more this spring/summer
than they did last year. Almost a quarter (23%) say they will travel the same
amount as last year, while only two percent plan to travel less. The survey was
conducted by Robert Hitlin Research Associates of Reston, VA.
RVers planning more travel this spring/summer, over two-thirds (68%) of respondents
say they'll take more RV mini-vacations and "spur-of-the-moment" trips.
In an age of over-scheduled families and busy lives, 96 percent of RV owners feel
they have greater flexibility and control with RVs, making it easier to take shorter,
less structured getaways.
we have to do is pack up and go, whenever we choose," explains RV owner C.
Scott Short of Vancouver, Wash. "If we see something we want to explore,
we stay. If we get tired, we stop. If we start one way and decide to go another
way, we go," adds RVer Diane Holloway of Leesburg, Fla.
addition, survey respondents cited desires to enjoy nature (66%), travel anytime
and anywhere at their own pace (57%), escape stress (54%), and spend quality time
with family (51%) as other top reasons for using their RVs more this spring/summer.
Over a third (34%) cited a desire to save money on travel as a reason for RVing
more this spring/summer. "RVing costs less than staying in hotels/motels.
We can also cook our own food and save on restaurants," says David and Brenda
Baker of Alexandria, Ind.
ownerstraveling in motorhomes, travel trailers, truck campers and
folding camping trailersplan to use their RVs an average of 40 daysincluding
nine weekendsthis spring/summer, according to the survey. In addition,
those surveyed plan to log approximately 2,900 miles and visit an average of five
states and nine campgrounds this season.
is the overwhelming favorite activity of RVers, according to 88 percent of respondents
under the age of 55, the largest and fastest-growing segment of the market. Sightseeing
(81%), swimming (68%), fishing (61%), hiking (56%), biking/ATVs (54%) and festivals/fairs
(51%) were most frequently mentioned as activities enjoyed by RVers under age
55. Activities enjoyed by RVers over 54 include sightseeing (87%), campfires (72%)
visiting friends (65%), shopping (51%) and antiquing (46%).
the family-friendly nature of RVing, 97 percent of respondents feel that RVs enable
their family to spend more quality time together. Three-quarters of those surveyed
said they will travel with either their children or grandchildren this spring
and summer. In addition, 87 percent of pet owners surveyed agree that RVing is
the best way to vacation with family pets. "RVing makes it easier to travel
with a pet as we don't have to look for dog-friendly motels," says John Collari
of Glendora, Calif.
out of 10 RV owners surveyed say that RVing helps their family maintain a healthier
lifestyle. Among the top reasons why are the ability to escape stress and rejuvenate
(75%), control one's own schedule (70%) and get more exercise (68%), according
makes me feel healthier because we're always involved in outdoor activities rather
than vegging out," explains RVer Mary Lou McDaniels of Benton, Ky.
are finding that RVs provide an excellent way to release stress and promote good
health," confirms RVIA President David J. Humphreys. "The psychological
benefits of escaping the daily grind with family and friends are the perfect complement
to the increased level of activity enjoyed by RVers."
is the national association representing more than 500 manufacturers and component
suppliers producing approximately 98 percent of all RVs made in the United States.
more information go to: www.rvia.com