High gas prices won’t keep RV travelers off the road this summer, according an annual survey of RV owners conducted by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). With the majority (71%) of RV owners surveyed saying they expect to travel more this summer than they did last year, it might be a good idea to book your favorite RV campgrounds well in advance of your next RV excursion.

According to the survey, the top 4 reasons to purchase an RV haven’t changed much over the years:

  1. Enjoy outdoor activities (78%)
  2. Take affordable mini-vacations (72%)
  3. Spend quality time with family (62%)
  4. Escape the stress of daily life (51%)

“More than 9 million Americans own RVs because of the unmatched freedom and flexibility they provide when traveling,” said RVIA President Richard Coon.

RVIA’s annual Campfire Canvass survey found that even the 34% of RV owners that expressed concern about gas prices aren’t planning to curtail their travel plans. RVers are coping with high gas prices by taking more weekend mini-vacations, exploring attractions closer to home and spending more time in one location.

For RVers, the cost savings of RV travel balance fuel costs. Compared to standard car-motel travel costs, RVers typically realize travel savings ranging from 23% to 59% for a family of four. Fully 80% of survey participants said RV vacations are less expensive than any other form of travel even when gas prices go up. The majority of RV owners reported consistently saving a minimum of 35% on travel expenses compared to other forms of vacation travel.

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