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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 travelers looking for one more excuse to take a trip are getting an assist from El Monte RV Rentals, one of the nation’s largest RV rental firms. The RV rental and sales company offers its Top Ten Fall Foliage RV Road Trips, highlighting scenic autumn wonders across the country.

Trees in every US region sport glorious foliage in the fall, prompting nature lovers and photographers to flock to their favorite spots. Joe Laing, Director of Marketing for the company said, “Residents in every region have special places they visit for leaf peeping. We hope our list encourages travelers to get out and discover the beautiful fall foliage in other states.”
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The latest Campfire Canvass, a biannual survey of RV owners by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), 45.4 percent of RV owners expect to travel more this summer than they did last year; 41.9 percent say they’ll travel the same amount.  More than 8.2 million U.S. households own an RV.

RV travel is as popular today as it was in 1910 when the first mass-produced RVs were built. “For a century, Americans have enjoyed exploring what’s over the next hill and around the bend,” says Richard Coon, president of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association. “That pioneering spirit is still alive and well today.”

Survey respondent Bob Jaffe, 65, of Palm Beach, Fla., exemplifies that pioneering spirit. He and his wife, Sheila, bought their RV in August 2009 and spent five months traveling throughout the U.S.

“Our number-one goal was to visit our daughter in wine country in Northern California,” says Jaffe, who retired from his printing business in 2008. “During our trip, we visited 13 national parks, five national monuments and many historic sites, and we didn’t even get wet.”

The Jaffes, who used to get soaked putting up and taking down their tent in the rain before they bought their first RV, are planning another five-month summer trip that will take them from Florida to the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick, Canada.

Among the survey respondents, 75 percent cited the flexibility of RVing as a major benefit of owning an RV.

Dennis Kiegel, 59, of Tampa, Fla., enjoys the freedom and control that RVing offers. “Whenever my wife and I feel like it, we can just get up and go,” says Kiegel, a former Anheuser Busch employee. “What we like best is the freedom to come and go as we please. With our RV, we can travel at our own leisure. We don’t have any set plans for the summer. For us, it’s more interesting to wake up in the morning and make a spur-of-the-moment decision.”

According to the survey, a primary reason so many RVers will be traveling this spring/summer is that they appreciate the value they get compared to flying, driving and staying in hotels. Almost 82 percent percent of owners say they save anywhere from 15 to 75 percent by traveling in their RVs. This is consistent with a study by international travel and tourism experts PKF Consulting, which found that family RV trips are, on average, 27-61 percent less expensive than other types of vacations.

“RV travel continues to appeal to people looking to save money and cut costs,” says Coon. “RVers get a bigger bang for their buck than they get from other types of vacations.”

State and national parks are among the most popular destinations for RV trips this spring/summer. Seventy-seven percent of the survey respondents said they’ll visit state parks, while 71 percent will visit national parks.

Rob Long, a 33-year-old architectural designer from Newark, Ohio, frequently visits state parks with his wife and three-year-old daughter in their RV. “Staying at state parks is my way of giving something back and helping to sustain them,” says Long.

Long, whose parents and two brothers also own RVs, appreciates the family togetherness that RVing creates. “RVing is a great way to work and play together as a family,” he says.

According to the survey, RVers plan to be on the move during major holidays, with 60 percent planning to travel over Memorial Day weekend and 64 percent over the July 4th holiday.

RV owners appreciate the recreational and health benefits associated with RV travel:

  • 78 percent say RV travel provides them the opportunity to spend more time enjoying outdoor activities
  • 73 percent of RV owners say they are more physically active on RV trips compared to other types of vacations
  • 72 percent say RVs allow them to escape everyday stress and pressure
  • 80 percent say their children are more physically active on RV vacations than other types.
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