New RVIA Survey Finds Planned RVers Down 8%

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RVIA released results of a new survey conducted by Cairn Consulting finding 65 million American plan to go RVing in the next 12 months.

The result is an 8.3% decline from Cairn’s survey in November 2021, which found 72 million Americans planning an RV trip in the next 12 months.

RVIA said the survey found 79% of RVers saying their travel plans were not impacted by rising gas prices. A total of 78% of RVers said they planned to take the same amount or more weekend trips this year than previous years.

One travel concession appears to be taking shorter trips. RVIA said the survey found RV traveling within a six-hour drive increased over the past 12 months. Travel lasting 16 hours or more remains the top distance for RV trips, respondents said.

RVing remains very popular with millennials, RVIA said, with 39% saying they anticipate traveling by RV more than they have in the past. The opportunity to work or school from the road in an RV is most popular with Gen Zers, RVIA added, with 47% saying they would consider working or schooling remotely in an RV.

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