RVIA Providing Answers for Gas Questions
With gas prices on the rise, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) has collected positive data and RV travel savings information to use in responding to media questions that may be asked of industry spokespeople in the coming months.
With the onset of the spring and summer RV travel season, these factoids are also suitable for consumer marketing communications.
The information will continue to be updated as RVIA conducts further research.
FUEL PRICES AND THE RV INDUSTRY
January 2011 – Fuel Prices: $3.10 per gallon
- RV travel is a great value. The PKF Vacation Cost comparison study showed that a family of four can save 26% to 71% on vacation costs depending on the type of trip and type of RV used. More than 80% of RV owners say their RV vacations cost less than other forms of vacation.
- While fuel prices remain well below their pre-recession high, prices are 36 cents per gallon higher than they were a year ago. When fuel prices rise, RVers adjust by traveling to destinations closer to home or driving fewer miles, according to surveys of RV owners conducted by RVIA and CVENT, a leading provider of online surveys and research technology.
- More than 80% of RVers say their RV vacations cost less than other forms of vacation, even when fuel prices rise.
- To save on fuel, RVers typically spend more time enjoying the campground experience and less time on the road. More than 16,000 campgrounds nationwide give RVers the flexibility to save fuel and cut costs by staying closer to home. Whether they travel five miles or 500, they can still enjoy a great outdoor experience.
- Fuel prices would need to more than triple from their current level to make RVing more expensive for a family of four than other forms of travel, according to PKF Consulting. PKF’s spring 2008 vacation cost comparison study shows that RV trips remain the most affordable way for a family to travel because of the significant savings on air, hotel and restaurant costs, which continue to rise.
- Fluctuating fuel prices affect the cost of all modes of travel and transportation. Airfares and hotel rates rise rapidly when fuel costs increase.
- Many RV owners surveyed take additional measures to reduce fuel consumption through simple steps like driving 55 instead of 65 miles per hour, packing lighter to reduce weight in the RV, and turning off home utilities to save energy when traveling. RVers travel at a leisurely pace with no tight schedules for flights, hotels or restaurants.