Study Reconfirms Affordability of Traveling by RV

January 26, 2012 by · Comments Off on Study Reconfirms Affordability of Traveling by RV 

Go RVing Canada announced the results of a new ‘Family Vacation Cost Comparison Study,’ which compares RV vacations with several other vacation modes.

According to a press release, this is the second installment of the study conducted by PKF Consulting and the results reveal that an RV vacation can be up to 78% cheaper than other forms of travel. This statistic has increased by 3% since the last study, conducted in 2009.

Several forms of travel were compared, and in all cases RV vacations were more economical than any other type of travel, regardless of trip duration, distance, or region of the country where the vacation took place.

The study compared an RV vacation with two other popular forms of family vacation: driving the family vehicle and staying at hotels, and traveling by air and rental car with hotel accommodations. All costs associated with a family vacation were analyzed including fuel costs, air fare, restaurant meal cost, grocery cost, rental car cost, campsite cost and hotel/motel cost. It is also important to note that the study also factored in vehicle ownership costs.

“The margin of savings is amazing. No one can deny that a family vacation in an RV really is incredibly affordable,” stated Alana Fontaine, Go RVing Canada national spokesperson. “RVing is an excellent choice for families seeking to maximize their vacation budgets.”

The cost benefits of RVing come from the flexibility of cooking in an RV and the affordability of campgrounds that offer both electrical and water hookups. According to the PKF Study, the average cost of campgrounds was $368 for a ten day trip from Halifax to Quebec City. The same trip averaged $1,754 in hotel costs with a car/hotel vacation.

As an example, the average cost of a seven-day RV vacation from Vancouver to Banff National Park using a lightweight travel trailer was 41% cheaper than the same vacation with a car/hotel option; and about 54% cheaper than a comparable air/hotel option. The average cost per day of a three-day camping vacation to Algonquin Provincial Park from Montreal using a folding camping trailer was found to be about 43% less expensive than the cost of a comparable car/hotel combination vacation; and about 78% less than the cost of a comparable air/hotel vacation.

“This is the time when families are starting to think about their summer vacations. “Ninety percent of RV owners agree that RVing is the best way to travel with children,” said Fontaine. “Many families are looking for affordable ways to see the country at its best and RVing is the perfect opportunity to accommodate a budget with a fun and flexible vacation.”

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