As gas prices surge, RV drivers are taking shorter trips
RV renters in the US are trying to cut down on fuel costs by having their motor homes delivered to their final destinations, as travel remains a top priority even during record inflation.
RV vacations became popular for Americans who wanted the great outdoors and distant experiences. RV travelers are changing their itineraries to save money because of the high diesel and gasoline prices.
Some travelers are opting to spend their summer on the road, instead of taking long-haul trips that can take around 100 to 150 miles.
“We’re seeing cancellation from people coming further away, but then those reservations are filling up with people that are more in the region or local,” said Toby O’Rourke, chief executive of the franchise brand of campgrounds.
More than half of RVshare’s renters factored fuel prices into their plans this summer, while around 16% of travelers said increased gas prices have hampered or halted their plans, according to a travel sentiment survey.
The company is giving $500,000 worth of fuel rebates to customers to help them deal with the high pump prices.
More money, fewer miles.
The Smith family started living in an RV full-time during the Pandemic and planned to drive from Florida to Maine and then to California. The Smiths are rethinking their trip west now that gas prices are rising.
We thought it would be about $1 for every three miles when we first planned it. We envision dollar bills flying out of the window.
In addition to motor homes that travel under their own power, RV include trailers that are towed by a pickup truck or a car.
There is a fuel tank that can hold up to 100 gallons in the largest motorized RVs. An average-size Class C motor- home tank holds about 25 gallons and would cost more than $150 to fill up with diesel today.
The amount of gas used in a recreational vehicle trip is less than an airline ticket. An RV trip is cheaper than a hotel vacation, according to a chief brand officer for an RV rental marketplace.
RV renter and seller Cruise America’s global marketing executive, Randall Smalley, said that during previous fuel price booms people still rented, but shortened their itineraries.
Don’t travel on the road trip.
Some RV vacationers aren’t driving.
People are getting the RV delivered to their destination instead of driving themselves, which curbs gas price cost. RVshare communications director Maddi Bourgerie said that they are seeing a huge jump in the number of bookings delivered.
About 28% of their customers requested their rental be delivered to their campsite this summer, compared with about 24% last summer, according to Austin, Texas-based Outdoorsy.
RV vacations became popular among younger, more diverse demographic during the pandemic.
About 2.6 million more households in North America owned an RV in the year after that, and the RV rental market added over 2 million new renters, according to a report.
25% of RV owners would use their RV less often if gas prices continued to rise.
Not everyone is cutting back on RV vacations.
Last summer, the McCune family traveled north by RV for 12 weeks from Florida to Virginia Beach, Virginia, and plan to drive for another 12 weeks to Maine.
“We already booked out our campgrounds for the summer, so we wouldn’t change our plans just because of the diesel prices,” said LoyAnn McCune outside Liberty Harbor RV Park.