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Our Fifth Wheel on old truss bridge in Arizona

Our Fifth Wheel on old truss bridge in Arizona

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA’s) biannual Campfire Canvass reports 36% of RV owners plan to travel more this fall and winter than last year, 38% plan to travel the same amount and just 9% plan to travel less often, according to a news release.

Top reasons for taking more RV trips include enjoying outdoor activity (76%), escaping stress and pressure (67%), and spending more time with family (51%). Nearly two-thirds of survey respondents said they plan to take more mini-vacations (2-4 days).

“RVing is the best way to see our great country, spend time outdoors, and reconnect with family and friends,” said RVIA President Richard Coon. “No other travel option offers consumers the freedom, flexibility and value that RVs do.”

Along with getting outdoors, escaping stress and spending time with family, another primary reason why millions of owners will be traveling and enjoying the RV lifestyle this fall/winter is because they appreciate the value that RV travel delivers. Nearly 90% said that RVing is an affordable way to travel. Three-quarters said they save at least 25% when traveling in their RV compared to other types of travel, while 34% save 35-50%. This echoes a 2011 study by PKF, an international travel and tourism consulting company, which found that RVing is 23% to 59% less expensive than other types of vacations for a family of four.

In addition to saving on rising hotel costs and airfares, RV owners also avoid the expense of eating most meals in restaurants as other forms of travel require. According to the RVIA survey, 92% of RV owners said they eat at least two meals a day onboard their RVs.

Despite these uncertain economic times, 47% said that they’re considering another RV purchase, with 79% of those respondents citing the availability of “great deals” in today’s RV market. More than 57% will attend RV retail shows this fall and winter.

Of those not considering another RV purchase within the next two years, 85% said it’s because they’re happy with their current RV.

Owners surveyed will use their RVs in a variety of ways during the fall/winter travel season:

  • 73% of the respondents said that they plan to sightsee.
  • 64% visit state parks and 57% national parks.
  • 53% plan to visit friends/family.
  • 50% will attend festivals or fairs.

The survey also reveals that owners are physically active on their RV trips. For example, 54% said they enjoy hiking, 48% fishing/hunting, 31% biking and 14% canoeing and kayaking. Approximately 14% of RVers plan to tailgate at football games this fall — 53% will tailgate college games and 39% NFL.

Results also show that holiday travel remains popular with RV owners. Among the respondents, 48% said they plan to travel in their RVs over the Thanksgiving weekend and 25% over the Christmas/Hanukkah season.

Empty nester couples are planning to hit the road in a big way, as well. Nearly 80% said they’re planning to travel with schools back in session. With children in the classroom, empty nesters enjoy smaller crowds (64%), more peace and quiet (59%) and lower cost because of off-season discounts (52%).

RV Show

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The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) 60th Annual California RV Show kicks off today (Oct. 12) and runs through Oct. 21 at the Fairplex in Pomona.

The show will feature increased RV exhibit space and several enhancements to improve the show experience for attendees, according to a news release.

This year’s show will cover 572,100 square feet of exhibit space, well over the 467,000 square feet at the 2011 event. More than 925 RVs will be on display, including 150 RVs available for test drives by interested consumers.

The 60th California RV Show will also offer a number of elements and enhancements to inform entertain and engage attendees, including:

New Show Layout — A new floor plan will be unveiled this year that features one attendee entry point rather than four. A new mock campground and exhibitor tent will greet attendees upon entrance before they move onto the main show floor.

Extended Show Hours —Show hours will be extended by two hours on Fridays and Saturdays with the show open from 10 a.m.–8 p.m. The later hours will create a night time camping atmosphere with the RVs being displayed with their lights on. Show hours will continue to be 10 a.m.–6 p.m. from Sunday through Thursday.

Buy “N” Drive — Also new this year, guests who purchase an RV at the show will be able to take delivery of their RV the very next afternoon rather than needing to wait for a later delivery date. This also limits additional foot traffic in the RV and allows the consumer to begin RVing sooner.

The RV Factory Showcase — Different RV product types will be showcased in this popular area with RV manufacturer representatives on hand to meet with attendees and present product demonstrations showing how RVs work. There will be 12 product demonstrations in the McMahon’s RV Seminar Tent.

California RV Show App —In addition to the show website at www.TheBestRVShow.com, a new app for Apple and Android devices provides a new level of show interactivity. Users can view the RVs that will be on display as well as obtain information on seminars and other show events. The app is available for download at the show website.

Scavenger Hunt — The app will also feature a show scavenger hunt. Users can enjoy taking specific show pictures as directed by their smart phone and win gift cards.

Seminars and Entertainment—The show will once again feature of number of entertainment options to keep attendees amused, including celebrity autograph sessions with off-road racers Jeremy McGrath and Corey Weller at the Eclipse RV display on Saturday, Oct 13, and appearances by the RV cooking and comedy team of Pat “Mac” Mac and Steve “The Big Cheese” Faverman. RV handyman and author Dave Solberg will offer informative RVing seminars throughout the show.

Affordable Admission Pricing — The daily show admission will remain at $10. Attendees can also purchase a wristband for $15 that provides for admission throughout the 10-day show. Also, military personnel will be admitted at no charge this year.

Daily RV Prizes — Trailer Life, Roadtrek Motorhomes and Temecula RV will be giving away daily prizes inside the exhibitor tent.

For more information about the California RV Show, visit www.TheBestRVShow.com; “Like” the event on the show’s Face­book page — California RV Show; or download the new “California RV Show” app for Apple and Android devices from your app providers.

Recreation Vehicle Industry Association RVIA LogoIn the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) survey of manufacturers conducted for the month of July, wholesale shipments of all RVs were reported at 22,857 units, up 27.4 percent from this same month last year.

Every segment of towable and motorized RVs showed year-over-year growth except for truck campers, the RVIA reported.

On a seasonally adjusted annual rate basis, shipments in July were at 296,500 units, nearly 10 percent greater than the previous month. Through July, manufacturers have reported a total of 177,845 shipments to RV dealers, up 9.8 percent over this same period one year earlier.

 

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