A new survey suggests many RV owners will hit the road this spring and summer.
The Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) recently conducted its bi-annual Campfire Canvass survey of RV owners.
It found that nearly half (45.4 percent) of RV owners expect to travel more this summer than they did last year, while 41.9 percent said they'll travel the same amount. More than 8.2 million U.S. households own an RV.
Among the survey respondents, 75 percent cited the flexibility of RVing as a major benefit of owning an RV.
"What we like best is the freedom to come and go as we please," said respondent Dennis Kiegel of Tampa, Florida. "With our RV, we can travel at our own leisure. We don't have any set plans for the summer. For us, it's more interesting to wake up in the morning and make a spur-of-the-moment decision."
In addition, many survey participants cited the affordability of travelling in an RV compared to flying, driving and staying in hotels as a major factor in their plans.
"RV travel continues to appeal to people looking to save money and cut costs," said RVIA president Richard Coon. "RVers get a bigger bang for their buck than they get from other types of vacations."