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Study: RV Vacations Cost Up to 50% Less Than Fly-and-Stay

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

May 8, 2015 11:11:16 AM

Add to this fact the large pollution footprint of air travel, and RV owners have a "greener than thou" story to tell.

According to the Recreational Vehicles Association, "The study, prepared for Recreation Vehicle Industry Association by PKF Consulting USA, a member of an international travel and tourism consulting group, found that RV travel is 23-to-59 percent less expensive than other types of vacations, for a family of four that owns an RV. For an "empty-nester" couple traveling by RV, savings were 11-to-46 percent."

RV TRAVEL COST SURVEY RESULT DETAILS

Vacation Type Itinerary Amount Saved By RV
Folding Camping Trailer vs. Car / Hotel Denver to Grand Canyon 42 percent
Type C Motorhome vs. Airline / Rental Car / Hotel Atlanta to Orlando 46 percent
Travel Trailer vs. Airline / Rental Car / Rental Home Washington, D.C. to Cape Cod 37 percent

 

Table 1
Cost Comparisons of Vacations Using Recreational Vehicles Versus Other Types of Vacations (4-Person Travel Party)
Vacation Mode of Travel 3 Days 7 Days 14 Days
Party traveling in personal car, towing their folding camping trailer, staying at campgrounds, and preparing all meals in the folding camping trailer or outdoors at campsites. $721 $1,634 $3,158
Party traveling in lite-duty trucl/SUV, towing their travel trailer, staying at campgrounds, and preparing all meals in the trailer or outdoors at campsites. $880 $1,997 $3,854
Party traveling in compact motorhome, staying at campgrounds, and preparing all meals in the motorhome or outdoors at campsites. $880 $2,035 $4,033
Party traveling in a Type C motorhome, staying at campgrounds, and preparing all meals in the motorhome or outdoors at campsites. $930 $2,149 $4,232
Party traveling in personal car, staying at hotels/motels, and eating meals in restaurants. $1,128 $2,906 $5,456
Party traveling by airline, renting a car at the destination, staying at hotels/motels, and eating meals in restaurants. $2,958 $4,045 $6,792
Party traveling in airplane, staying at a rental house/condominium, and eating the majority of meals in the rental unit. $2,329 $3,133 $5,162
Source: PFK Consulting, USA

 

Table 2
Cost Comparisons of Upscale Vacations Using Recreational Vehicles Versus Other Types of Vacations (4-Person Travel Party)
Vacation Mode of Travel 3 Days 7 Days 14 Days
Party traveling in a personal Type A motorhome, staying at campgrounds, and preparing all meals in the motorhome or outside at campsites. $1,671 $4,465 $7,700
Party traveling by first class airline, renting a premium car at the destination, staying at upscale hotels, and eating meals in restaurants. $5,619 $7,631 $12,170
Source: PFK Consulting, USA

 

Complete Article: rvia.org


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