More than half of RV owners plan to use their RVs more often this spring and summer than they did last year by taking frequent weekend vacations and staying closer to home, according to a new survey by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), an encouraging statistic for the owners of GoodTimes Promotions, which is planning its 19th Annual Spring RV Show and Sale from May 13-22 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, Calif.
“We know the price of gas is putting a damper on a lot of people’s vacations plans, but RVing is a great way to take a trip without breaking the bank,” Mike Nohr, president of GoodTimes Promotions, stated in a news release. “We’re glad we will be able to help people outfit their RVs with the latest accessories to make their trips as comfortable as possible, or even get them into a whole new ride if they want to embrace the RV lifestyle.”
Those who attend the spring show in Pleasanton will be able to see hundreds of new and used RVs and accessories and negotiate directly with dealers in one convenient location.
The RVIA’s April Campfire Canvass survey of RV owners reveals that 53% intend to use their RV more this spring and summer despite higher fuel prices, while 38% plan to use theirs the same amount and just 9% say they’ll use their RVs less. Of the respondents who plan to use their RVs more often, 65% said one of the reasons is to take more mini-vacations. According to the report, 68% said they expect fuel prices to affect their spring/summer travel plans. Of those respondents, 61% said they’ll travel closer to home, 42% will travel fewer miles and 37% will stay longer in one place.
“What these figures show is that people are looking for inexpensive vacation options, and RVing leads the pack,” said show manager Shawn Nohr. “RV owners love the RV lifestyle and rising gas prices won’t stop them from getting away. And there are a lot of places in California that make for a great vacation close to home.”
RV family vacations are, on average, 27% to 61% less expensive than other types of vacations, according to a study by international travel and tourism experts Collier’s PKF Consulting USA.
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After weathering one of the toughest years in industry history, organizers of the 22nd Annual RV Manufacturers’ Show & Sale are planning a robust return to the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, Calif., on Jan. 22.
Show organizer Mike Nohr said 2008 was the worst he’s seen in his 35 years in the industry, but he’s confident that with the economy showing signs of life, RVs are on the road to recovery, according to a news release.
Nohr said the turbulent economy helped RV buyers because dealers had to work for their dollars. Weak dealers who couldn’t offer great prices were weeded out, and the rest were forced to focus on offering quality products and step-up customer service.
“The recession has been a setback, but those of us who survived are stronger than before,” Nohr said. “But make no mistake, customers are in the driver’s seat still and we’re here to make deals.”
The size of the January event — which features used and new products from more than 10 dealers — allows organizers to reduce overhead and offer deals on RVs ranging from tent trailers to land yachts. And the indoor show offers consumers hundreds of RVs to peruse.
“We know things are still tough, but the fact remains that RVing is an inexpensive vacation option,” said Shawn Nohr of GoodTimes Promotions, which oversees the 10-day event. “It’s one of those ‘buy now, save for years down the road’ situations. For those who can buy now, this show gives the most bang for their buck.”