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Old 05-10-2006, 07:52 AM   #1
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RV Travel Still On A Roll, Survey Shows
RVers Adjusting to Fuel Prices


RESTON, Va. "” Like many Americans, RVers are looking for ways to conserve fuel, but staying home this summer isn't one of them. Reducing the distances they travel (45%) and spending more time in one place (52%) are the top ways RV owners will adapt to higher prices at the pump, according to the latest Campfire Canvass, a biannual survey of RV owners by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).

"This latest research confirms what we found last summer "” higher gas prices won't stop RVers from traveling, but they will make adjustments," said Richard Coon, president of RVIA. "In times of high fuel prices, RVers tend to spend more time enjoying the campground and less on the road. Whether they travel five miles or 500, their outdoor experience can be the same."

The April survey found that two-thirds of RV owners intend to use their RV more this summer than last, and nearly a third plan to use it the same amount. A surprising 37 percent say fuel costs will not affect their RV travel plans. "Current gas prices compared to those a year ago would add only $40 or $50 to a driving vacation of 800 miles round trip," said Coon. "That's not likely to significantly alter travel plans.

"Furthermore, RVers consistently report that their RVs provide so much more than mere transportation; they allow their families to get out and enjoy all this country offers – and do it in comfort of their own home," said Coon.

RV owner Frank Washer of Islip, N.Y., agrees. "We do so much more than just drive with our RV. Our motorhome is just that, our home. The kids sleep in their own beds, get a snack from our refrigerator and use our own bathroom, so we don't have to stop at a rest stop that's less than appealing. It's also our garage, as we bring along our ATVs."

Families like the Washers are getting more than creature comforts while away from home; they're also getting the most bang for their vacation buck. Even when fuel prices increase, RVing remains the least expensive mode of travel.

According to research by travel and tourism research firm PKF Consulting, a family of four can spend 26-74 percent less on RV trips compared to other vacation types due to significant savings on air, hotels and restaurant costs. Fuel prices would need to triple from their current level to make RVing more expensive for a family of four than other forms of travel, PKF found.

Other key findings from RVIA's Campfire Canvass:

· Almost 70 percent of RVers will be on the road during the summer holidays of Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.

· Camping is the favorite activity families will enjoy during their upcoming RV trips. Taking scenic drives (72%) and hiking/walking (67%) also ranked high on the list of favorite activities of RVing families.

· Sitting around the campfire at RV parks and campgrounds does more than take the chill out of the night air. Eighty percent said RVing strengthens family bonds. Nearly 73 percent said that going RVing has resulted in a closer relationship with their spouse.

· More than half of all RVers also said they'd enjoy outdoor activities and sports. In fact, two-thirds of the respondents said they are more physically active on RV trips than on other vacations.

· Ninety-one percent of respondents said their RVs will allow them to take more weekend trips or mini-vacations this summer. This is ideal for busy families looking for ways to accommodate their hectic everyday schedules with a balance of fun, physical activity and freedom.

· "RVing allows us to pick up and go anytime to almost anywhere," says Mary Athman of Waite Park, Minn. We're just not home any weekend during the summer. The RV is always stocked with food, clothes, linens "” you name it. It makes it very easy for us to change our everyday scenery."

Would-be RV travelers can order a free "getting-started" DVD or CD-ROM at GoRVing.com or 1-888-Go RVing. They can also surf the website for lists of Go RVing dealers and campgrounds in their area, as well as RV shows, publications, rental sources and clubs. Or write to: RVIA, P.O. Box 2999, Dept. P, Reston, VA 20195.

RVIA (rvia.org) is the national association representing more than 550 manufacturers and component suppliers producing approximately 98 percent of all RVs made in the United States.
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Old 05-10-2006, 07:52 AM   #2
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RESTON, Va. "” Like many Americans, RVers are looking for ways to conserve fuel, but staying home this summer isn't one of them. Reducing the distances they travel (45%) and spending more time in one place (52%) are the top ways RV owners will adapt to higher prices at the pump, according to the latest Campfire Canvass, a biannual survey of RV owners by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).

"This latest research confirms what we found last summer "” higher gas prices won't stop RVers from traveling, but they will make adjustments," said Richard Coon, president of RVIA. "In times of high fuel prices, RVers tend to spend more time enjoying the campground and less on the road. Whether they travel five miles or 500, their outdoor experience can be the same."

The April survey found that two-thirds of RV owners intend to use their RV more this summer than last, and nearly a third plan to use it the same amount. A surprising 37 percent say fuel costs will not affect their RV travel plans. "Current gas prices compared to those a year ago would add only $40 or $50 to a driving vacation of 800 miles round trip," said Coon. "That's not likely to significantly alter travel plans.

"Furthermore, RVers consistently report that their RVs provide so much more than mere transportation; they allow their families to get out and enjoy all this country offers – and do it in comfort of their own home," said Coon.

RV owner Frank Washer of Islip, N.Y., agrees. "We do so much more than just drive with our RV. Our motorhome is just that, our home. The kids sleep in their own beds, get a snack from our refrigerator and use our own bathroom, so we don't have to stop at a rest stop that's less than appealing. It's also our garage, as we bring along our ATVs."

Families like the Washers are getting more than creature comforts while away from home; they're also getting the most bang for their vacation buck. Even when fuel prices increase, RVing remains the least expensive mode of travel.

According to research by travel and tourism research firm PKF Consulting, a family of four can spend 26-74 percent less on RV trips compared to other vacation types due to significant savings on air, hotels and restaurant costs. Fuel prices would need to triple from their current level to make RVing more expensive for a family of four than other forms of travel, PKF found.

Other key findings from RVIA's Campfire Canvass:

· Almost 70 percent of RVers will be on the road during the summer holidays of Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.

· Camping is the favorite activity families will enjoy during their upcoming RV trips. Taking scenic drives (72%) and hiking/walking (67%) also ranked high on the list of favorite activities of RVing families.

· Sitting around the campfire at RV parks and campgrounds does more than take the chill out of the night air. Eighty percent said RVing strengthens family bonds. Nearly 73 percent said that going RVing has resulted in a closer relationship with their spouse.

· More than half of all RVers also said they'd enjoy outdoor activities and sports. In fact, two-thirds of the respondents said they are more physically active on RV trips than on other vacations.

· Ninety-one percent of respondents said their RVs will allow them to take more weekend trips or mini-vacations this summer. This is ideal for busy families looking for ways to accommodate their hectic everyday schedules with a balance of fun, physical activity and freedom.

· "RVing allows us to pick up and go anytime to almost anywhere," says Mary Athman of Waite Park, Minn. We're just not home any weekend during the summer. The RV is always stocked with food, clothes, linens "” you name it. It makes it very easy for us to change our everyday scenery."

Would-be RV travelers can order a free "getting-started" DVD or CD-ROM at GoRVing.com or 1-888-Go RVing. They can also surf the website for lists of Go RVing dealers and campgrounds in their area, as well as RV shows, publications, rental sources and clubs. Or write to: RVIA, P.O. Box 2999, Dept. P, Reston, VA 20195.

RVIA (rvia.org) is the national association representing more than 550 manufacturers and component suppliers producing approximately 98 percent of all RVs made in the United States.
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I would say that article speaks for us about 95%.

We travel back to St. Louis once a year to visit our daughter in our MH. The cost this year is $458 dollars more than last year. Not enough for us to subject ourselves to being crammed into a bus.....I mean a jet, even though we would get there in 10 hours or less. Our vacation starts when I get behind the wheel. Best of all, I lose weight on a trip. I can't seem to fit the MH throught the fast food drive throughs . So I get to eat Patty's great sandwiches.

We are traveling more this year than ever. Mostly on weekends, and less than 120 miles roundtrip. But it feels like we could be 1000's of miles away.

I do wonder if people will shy away from a first time purchase because of the cost of fuel.
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I think the cost of fuel will certainly mean reduced sales on motorhomes. But if they're not building as many because they're not selling as many, maybe just maybe, they'll focus more effort on resolving quality issues.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by troth:
... maybe just maybe, they'll focus more effort on resolving quality issues. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>Now if you drop the other shoe, you might see some folks loosing the jobs they need to sustain their families.
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The economics of traveling with a motorhome really haven't changed for us. Whether gas costs $2.00 a gallon or $3.00 the difference doesn't deter me from using our motorhome. Our pickup truck gets about 15-16 miles per gallon and our motorhome about 9-10. So I really would only save about 1/3 of my fuel bill by going in the truck,but then my hotel/motel fees and dining out fees would eat up most if not all of the fuel savings and I would not have the pleasure of staying in our own "home" wherever we are and have you ever noticed how much friendlier the people at a campground are vs a hotel/motel? For us the reasons for owning/using an RV don't change like the cost of fuel does!
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Easyrider:
For us the reasons for owning/using an RV don't change like the cost of fuel does! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>That's a most excellent and welcome comment.
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Easy,

I agree, but the amount of travel and the number of outings maybe adjusted. We're
looking at destinations that we can extend our stay at and still enjoy ourselves without getting board. Taking all our toys with us would certainly make a difference and that's something we're working on, a "toy hauler" that is.

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">a "toy hauler" that is. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Bringing our toys along certainly adds to the enjoyment! Our circle of friends all trailer their motorcycles behind their motorhomes. We all like to set up camp, get on the motorcycles, tour the area we're in and do the touristy type stuff, then ride back to the camp, start a fire, fix a group meal, share a beer, tell lies and laugh a lot! It doesn't get any better than that!
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