RV travel will rise this spring and summer, according to a new survey of RV owners, conducted by the RV Industry Association and Cvent.
More than 5.5 million RVs and 15 million RVers will be on the road during the Memorial Day weekend, and more than 22 million Americans will go RVing this year.
According to the survey, 66 percent of RV owners intend to use their RVs more this summer than they did last year and 29 percent plan to use their RV the same amount.
The top ten reasons for increased RV usage include: seeing America (91 percent), staying active (84 percent), vacationing for less (82 percent), keeping children active (76 percent), visiting national parks (74 percent), enjoying outdoor activities (72 percent), taking more mini-vacations (68 percent), escaping everyday stress and pressure (66 percent) and visiting family and friends (61 percent).
Seven-in-ten of survey respondents cited flexibility as a favorite benefit of RV ownership, allowing them to enjoy an array of activities from sightseeing, to attending festivals and fairs, shopping, cooking out, hiking, biking, swimming, boating and more.
“RVs give families the flexibility to vacation how they want and when they want, at a budget-friendly price” said RVIA president Richard Coon.
Eighty-two percent of respondents said that RV vacations cost less than other forms of travel even when fuel prices rise. Reflecting the lowest fuel costs since the recession, just 19 percent of RVers said that fuel prices would affect their travel plans this summer, down from 58 percent two years ago.