Memberships to Give to RVers

It’s that time of year again! While not all RVers choose a minimalist lifestyle, many will tell you that they agree with the philosophy of choosing ‘experiences over things.’ While awesome RVing gear can certainly add some fun to those camping memories, there are many thoughtful gifts that don’t take up space. Consider gifting these passes and memberships for your family to enjoy together or for your favorite RVing friend to try out.

America the Beautiful Annual National Park’s Pass – 
If your family or favorite RVer doesn’t have one of these in their wallet, they are missing out on a ton of fun (and savings) all year! Our National Parks have so much to offer for outdoor enthusiasts, nature lovers, and history buffs. Plus, for $80, the America the Beautiful Pass gets you into National Monuments as well – which means a total of more than 2,000 federal recreation sites across the U.S. to potentially visit. Talk about a gift that keeps on giving…

Know someone headed to Canada? They have a great National Parks Pass, too!

Annual State Park Pass – 
Similar to a National Parks Pass, except these passes are state-specific and often come with some great camping perks as well! If the person you are gifting is based in one area or planning to visit a specific place, this is a fun gift option. Some state parks are free, but others charge an entry fee – even for campers. However, some states offer an annual pass that can offer a ton of savings for those frequenting these parks. For example, the annual Texas State Parks Pass is $70 for one person and $25 to add another person with the same address. A pass allows for free entry and discounts on camping, store purchases, and equipment rentals.

Reciprocal Museum Membership – 
Fellow GoLife contributor Bryanna Royal has written about how great the North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) Association is a few times. If you are an RVer with kiddos who love museums (or know one to gift this to), this could be the hit of the holiday season! Lots of fun for singles or couples who love to learn while they travel as well. (Read why Bryanna and her family love it).

City Attraction Pass – 
If you’ve never given a CityPASS or Go City Card a try, they are a blast. We always check for these when we’ll be visiting a new city for an extended time. If you know an RVer who is headed to a new city they plan to explore thoroughly, check for one of these great all-inclusive passes. They are usually good from one day to a week and they include entry to dozens of attractions, plus some additional discounts. We did this in Orlando, FL, once and had non-stop fun all day!

Harvest Hosts Membership – 
If your co-pilot or RVing friend loves wineries and/or farms, this membership is sure to be a hit! Harvest Hosts is becoming more and more popular with RVers wanting to get away from it all and enjoy a unique experience while there. My husband and I can’t rave about this enough. (Read more about our experiences here).

A membership gives you a list of hundreds of farms, wineries, breweries, museums and other unique places that will allow you to park there overnight. However, just make sure the person you are buying this for has a self-contained rig, as these places usually only provide dry camping and won’t have facilities to use. An annual membership is currently $49, but that is due to go up in 2019. The membership begins once the gift recipient activates it on the site with the code.
WIT Club Membership for Winnebago Owners – 
Maybe you have been part of WIT Club for some time and want to share this great resource with a new RVing friend, or you know a new Winnebago owner who wants a way to connect while on the road. Either way, this gift comes with a lot of perks! A WIT Club membership is $39.95 for one year and comes with multiple discounts and benefits, as well as invitations to special Winnebago-owner events throughout the year, called rallies. There are hundreds of chapters and clubs nationwide, so your favorite GoLifer will have plenty of opportunities to connect with and learn from like-minded RVers. (Check out this recap of a recent WinnieBs event for an example of the kind of fun to be had). To purchase a membership, use this online sign-up form. And if you have any questions, there is contact information on the bottom of the form.

Kindle Unlimited Membership – 
Reading is a great way to spend those cool nights bundled up by the fire or warm summer days lounging in the sun. Since many RVers don’t have space to bring a large collection of books, many choose a Kindle instead. If your RVing friend already has a Kindle, sending them an Amazon gift card for them to purchase a Kindle Unlimited Membership could be a big hit (you can even email the gift card – too easy!). For about $10 per month, they will have access to more reading material than even the most leisurely trip will allow for.

And if you know a new RVer, suggesting some good Kindle e-books about the new lifestyle they’ve chosen is another thoughtful way to show your support of their grand adventure!

Fellow GoLife writer Don Cohen recently reviewed two that he highly recommends – both for RVers by RVers. First is A Beginner’s Guide to Living in an RV: Everything I Wish I Knew Before Full-Time RVing by Alyssa Padgett. “Don’t let the words ‘full-time’ in the title dissuade you,” Don notes. “Over eighty percent of the book’s content applies to any RVer. While Padgett has a clear (and youthful) viewpoint, I was surprised at how consistently factual she was with her explanation of RV topics. I never felt that there were any missteps in explanation or heavy biases.”

Don’s second suggestion is Living the RV Life: Your Ultimate Guide to Life on the Road by Marc and Julie Bennett who are also full-time RVers. Don does note that there is some content overlap with Padgett’s book. However, with lots of supporting photography and short one-page profiles of different RVers, this book “has a bit more of an inspirational, get out there and do it, kind of feel.” He recommends them both to help demystify the RV lifestyle!

Movie & TV Streaming Membership – 
While RVing is all about spending time in the great outdoors, it is also about bringing the comforts of home along on your trips. Which is why having some great options for movie nights, or TV shows to binge on bad-weather days (or when you need to let your Kindle charge), is really nice to have. If they don’t have it already, consider getting your favorite RV traveler a gift membership to Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime (which all vary in price, but are close to $10 per month). Not sure if they already have one of these services? Redbox does gift cards also! And I’m sure some gourmet popcorn or other snacks would be welcomed accompaniments!

Satellite Radio Membership – 
It took about one month of searching for local radio stations as we traveled around to decide a satellite radio subscription would be key. We chose Sirius XM and they offer gift cards at different prices and lengths for those wanting to share this great music option with their favorite traveling friends.

Audible Membership – 
We’ve always been the type to jam out to our favorite songs on repeat on road trips, but we’ve had friends who rave about getting to listen to new books together on long drives. If you know an RVer that tends to take long trips and is always talking about the new book they read, this may be their favorite gift of the year! Prices start at $15 for one month, but there are also 3, 6, and 12-month options. Here are some instructions on how to gift a membership.

Article originally seen on WinnebagoLife.com.

Lichtsinn RV, America’s closest dealer to Winnebago Industries, has been named Top North American Winnebago Dealer by Winnebago Industries for the last four consecutive years. We proudly sell New RVs manufactured by Winnebago Industries as well as Used RVs.

The 5 Most Common Questions When Buying an RV –

Purchasing an RV is an exciting time for all new and seasoned RVers. There are 5 questions that all RVers should ask themselves when they start the process of purchasing an RV – either new or pre-owned.

Winnebago IntentWhat Type of RV is right for your travels?

When it comes to freedom and flexibility motorhomes offer the ultimate experience. Ranging from the larger Class A motorhome to the compact Class B camper vans, to the Class C, all motorhomes are RVs that take transportation and living quarters and roll them into one comfortable experience. With something for everyone, motorhomes range from compact and space saving models to luxury buses that can all pull a family car in tow, so you can zip around town for daytrips. Read our in-depth blog post on how to choose the perfect RV for you here.

What are my options for financing an RV?

Financing is a great option for those planning on purchasing an RV. Financing allows the RV lifestyle to be more affordable by breaking up the cost into manageable monthly or bi-weekly payments. It is a great time to finance an RV as interest rates are low. You can work with your local lender to secure financing, or you can work with the experienced team at Lichtsinn RV. Kevin and Brandon in the Lichtsinn RV Business Office are authorized agents for several large national banks like Bank of America, US Bank, Bank of the West and more. Our relationships with these banks provide you with a competitive rate often lower than your local lender.

Financing at Lichtsinn RV allows you to –

  • We offer financing and are authorized agents for several large major RV banks including Bank of America, US Bank, Bank of the West and several other major lenders.
  • We generally provide a credit application to these banks and allow them to compete for the lowest rate.
  • All of our loans carry no fees at closing, no closing costs and no points.
  • In most cases, the interest can be deducted for tax purposes by qualifying as a second home.
  • We can generally do terms of up to 20 years! Pre-payments can be made in full or in part, at any time, without penalty with nearly all of our lenders. All of our loans are conventional fixed rate loans.
  • We offer both monthly and bi-weekly payment options.

Learn more about financing with Lichtsinn RV here.

What kind of additional expenses should I plan for when buying an RV?

RV Insurance: After you purchase your RV there will be some additional costs you want to plan for, the first being RV insurance. While it may be enticing to look for the cheapest RV insurance you can find, you will want to make sure it properly covers your RV. When looking at RV insurance, you will want to make sure it is RV-specific insurance and offers RV Full/Total Loss Replacement – offered on newly purchased RV’s one model year old or newer: if your RV is totaled within the first 5 years, this policy provides the monetary equivalent of what it costs to buy a brand-new RV of the same or similar model, even if it costs more than what you originally paid for your RV. You may look for additional offerings like vacation liability, pet injury coverage, fire department service charges or personal effects coverage for contents inside the RV. Most “other” insurance policies do not offer these additional benefits. Kevin and Brandon in the Lichtsinn RV business office are licensed insurance agents and can answer any questions you have regarding RV insurance. Learn more here.

Parts and Accessories: There will be additional parts and accessories you will want to purchase for your new RV like tow bars, hoses, waste dumping chemicals, and more. The Lichtsinn RV parts team has identified the top parts and accessories you will want to purchase for your first night of RVing and it is available during our half-day orientation.

Camping Fees: There will be additional costs when traveling in your RV like campground costs. There are several loyalty programs that include camping discounts including Winnebago’s WIT (Winnebago International Travelers) Club.

Extended Service Contracts: You will want to consider the long-term costs of maintaining an RV. Most new RV Warranties cover 1-3 years so if you are purchasing a pre-owned RV or planning on keeping the RV for more than 3 years you will want to consider an extended service contract. Learn more about extended service contracts and why you should get one here.

Do I get a pre-delivery inspection of the RV?

A reputable RV dealer will provide you with a walkaround inspection and review of your coach. At that time, you can see how to operate your RV. At Lichtsinn RV, one of our RVDA Master Certified RV Technicians will provide you with a half-day educational orientation of your coach. You will learn how every single switch, component and feature works in your RV as well as learn maintenance tips and get your questions answered by a knowledgeable source.

Will the dealer support and service my RV in the long run?

RVs require service and maintenance and it is imperative that buyers find a dealer that will support them for the life of their vehicle and not leave them high and dry when it comes to servicing it in the future. You may find a fly-by-night dealer with a low price tag on an RV, in an old building with one or two service bays and techs, and no way of servicing your RV in the future.

In 2014, Lichtsinn RV built a new, state-of-the-art RV dealership and has continued expanding in the last few years. Our dealership boasts 8 RV service bays, a large indoor RV parts and camping accessories store, a spacious service check-in area, a video production studio, indoor delivery and service drive area, and a guest lounge equipped with the latest technology. Lichtsinn RV also offers dealership guests complimentary electrical hookups while visiting for RV delivery or service.

Lichtsinn RV, America’s closest dealer to Winnebago Industries, has been named Top North American Winnebago Dealer by Winnebago Industries for the last four consecutive years. We proudly sell New RVs manufactured by Winnebago Industries as well as Used RVs.

How to afford the RV lifestyle

When it comes to freedom and flexibility motorhomes offer the ultimate experience. Ranging from the larger Class A motorhome to the compact Class B camper vans, motorhomes take transportation and living quarters and roll them into one comfortable experience. With something for everyone, motorhomes range from compact and space saving models to luxury buses that can all pull a family car, so you can zip around town for day trips. We have RVs that will fit anyone’s needs and more importantly budget.

Identify your needs and purchase an RV that meets them.

When you are looking at purchasing your next RV figure out what your needs are – do you want something that is more compact for shorter trips? Or are you looking for an RV that you can bring the whole family and more on trips? Maybe you are looking for an RV that has all the amenities of home? First, make a list of what you are looking for, so a Lichtsinn RV Sales Consultant can show you RVs that will work for you.

Create a travel budget and stick to it.

Having a budget for the RV lifestyle doesn’t end once the papers are signed. Similar to your home, you will want to identify what you will spend each month – if you’re a full-timer or part-timer – or on each trip if you’re more of a weekend warrior RVer. Some fixed expenses you will want to keep in mind are –

  • RV Payment
  • RV Insurance
  • RV Maintenance and Repair
  • Campground Fees
  • Gasoline or Diesel Fuel
  • Propane
  • Food and Household Items
  • Entertainment
  • Laundry
  • Internet

Look for activities that are free or inexpensive.

There will be tons of free activities you can do while RVing. Depending on the campground you are staying at, there will be a variety of activities and outdoor recreation you can enjoy. However, if you encounter a rainy day or your looking for something new check with the local visitor’s center to see a calendar of events for inspiration you can also use app-based coupon sites like Groupon or Living Social for discounted admittance to restaurants, events and more.

You’re Bringing the Kitchen Sink… Use it.

It may be tempting to want to eat out when you are camping, but that is the easiest way to save money. Your RV will have a nice galley with a refrigerator, a microwave or convection oven, and a stove top and you can always make a delicious meal over a fire. Before you go RVing, check out Pinterest for ideas for meals while camping.

Find Campgrounds with the Amenities that you will actually use.

Choose campgrounds and RV parks that only have amenities you plan to take advantage of during your stay. Generally, the more services and amenities a campground has, the more it’s going to cost. Campsite fees don’t have to break the bank. State parks are a great low-cost option, as are many RV parks. Look here to find a campground or consider travel apps to help you find the campground that best suits your need.

Lichtsinn RV, America’s closest dealer to Winnebago Industries, has been named Top North American Winnebago Dealer by Winnebago Industries for the last four consecutive years. We proudly sell New RVs manufactured by Winnebago Industries as well as Used RVs.

Tips for Cold Weather Camping

Don’t let the cool temperatures of the fall season keep you from getting out and camping.  There are great advantages to “cold season” camping, including fewer people, fall colors, and seeing areas in different seasons, to name a few.

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With some preparation, most people can stay comfortable in cooler temperatures and keep on adventuring!

1. No cotton next to your skin.

Cotton holds moisture and is not at all warm.  Natural fibers like silk and wool are good insulators that have moisture-wicking properties.  Synthetic fibers like viscose, Vætrex, or polypropylene add some technology to their fabrics to maintain warmth (even when wet) with minimal bulk.

They make some really soft wool blends now that don’t itch like you might remember as a kid.

2. Undershirts.

Having a snug-fitting silk undershirt on as a base layer keeps air from seeping in around the skin and wicks away any moisture you may give off while you are out enjoying life.

3. Double up on hats.

Most people know to dress in layers, and that includes your head.  Wearing two hats allows you extra warmth, blocks wind, and allows you to take one off if you get warm.  You can even add an ear band if you tend to get cold.

4. Loosen your laces.

You need space around your toes to keep them insulated.  Don’t get boots that are too tight or pinch you anywhere.  Boots that are too tight or wearing too many socks will restrict this air space around your toes and you will get cold.

Sometimes all you need to do is loosen your laces some, or take off a pair of socks and you will have warmer feet.

5. Eat more fats.

Cold weather increases your calorie requirements, so don’t worry about eating—you will burn it off. The important thing if you are trying to stay warm is that your internal furnace needs fuel to do that.  And the best fuel to burn to stay warm is fat.

So put cream in your coffee, butter your toast, and add some cheese and avocado on your eggs.  Take pocket food like trail mix with nuts, your favorite dark chocolate, or smoked salmon and crackers to enjoy on the move.

6. Move.

Sitting still makes you cold, so get up and move.  Yes, it is harder when you are dressed in layers and wearing boots, but if you are cold you need to get your heart going so it can pump warm blood into your fingers and toes.

The more you move, the more your body will be able to adjust to the cold, so get out and walk, run in circles, dance like nobody is watching, whatever you need to do to get your blood moving.

7. Keep dry with 2 sets of things.

Any moisture in your clothing, including moisture from sweat and breathing, will make you feel cold.  Always have a set of dry things to put on, and alternate as you go through different activities in the day.

You only need two sets of a base layer, clothing, gloves, hats, etc to allow you to alternate the set you wear and the set that is drying.

Article originally published on RVLife.com

Lichtsinn RV, America’s closest dealer to Winnebago Industries, has been named Top North American Winnebago Dealer by Winnebago Industries for the last four consecutive years. We proudly sell New RVs manufactured by Winnebago Industries as well as Used RVs.

What Makes Winnebago’s SuperStructure So Super?

From Winnebago’s smallest Class C coach to the largest diesel-pusher, coaches are built to Winnebago’s legendary SuperStructure construction design. But what about the construction is so super?

What Makes Winnebago's SuperStructure So Super

Interlocking Joints – Winnebago uses a specially designed interlocking joint to connect the floor, sidewalls, and roof to evenly distribute the weight, so our “empty shell” is so strong it doesn’t need internal reinforcement. Many competitors rely on simply screwing and gluing their sidewalls and roof together. But with all the weight borne only by those screws, the resulting structure is so weak it requires interior walls and cabinets for stability.

Laser-Cut Tubing – Precision laser cutters create precise joints in structural steel that are stronger and require less welding. While some manufacturers use less-accurate manual saws or cut-off saws. Winnebago’s precision laser cutter can also cut shapes into a tube, and even etches the length of each part directly onto the tube.

Thermo-Panel Sidewalls – By layering fiberglass and high-density block foam insulation with welded aluminum support structures, we create some of the industry’s strongest, most durable and lightweight sidewalls.

Embedded Steel – Metal substructures embedded into the sidewall provide solid attachments points to keep cabinets and appliances mounted securely in place. Other manufacturers mount cabinets and appliances to cheap pine wood boards placed inside the sidewalls, or even screw their appliances directly to the sidewall.

E-Coating – To help minimize corrosion, metal parts and components can feature one of several protective coating processes. Critical steel structural components are processed through a multi‑stage full immersion electro-­coating (e-coating) system. E-coating is also used by leading automotive companies to protect their vehicles from corrosion.

The process involves charging each part with an electrical charge which attracts the protective coating, causing it to be “plated” onto the part. The result is a uniform thickness of the protective coating. Components like screen doors are painted with a powder-coating process. A positive electric charge is applied to the part, which attracts the negatively charged powder particles. The coating is then baked on in heat chambers for an attractive, extremely durable finish. Many competitors apply a simple spray-on paint that doesn’t reach or protect nooks and crannies.

Winnebago’s legendary SuperStructure construction design is a process that has been developed and refined over more than 60 years of building some of the strongest, most durable coaches in the industry.

Lichtsinn RV, America’s closest dealer to Winnebago Industries, has been named Top North American Winnebago Dealer by Winnebago Industries for the last four consecutive years. We proudly sell New RVs manufactured by Winnebago Industries as well as Used RVs.

How to Find an RV Park

It’s trip-planning time! You’ve picked a great location, scoped out some sightseeing locations, and reserved your RV rental. But there’s one major question still on your mind: “How do I find RV parks near me?”

Finding an RV Park

These days, finding the best RV campgrounds seems like it would be as easy as doing a quick online search. But before you jump in too quickly, you need to know what to look for. In this guide, we’ll show you how to make the most of your search and find the best RV camping for your group’s needs. Read on to learn more!

Once you’ve nailed down a location, you’ll want to explore all your options for RV campsites. Let’s say you’ve decided to visit the Grand Canyon. Your first big decision is whether you want to stay on site at the national park’s public campgrounds or down the road at a privately operated RV park.

Obviously, there are pros and cons to each choice. Staying on site can make for a truly memorable vacation — plus, you’re already where you need to go when you wake up in the morning! Public campgrounds generally offer more affordable RV park rates than private campsites, too.

On the other hand, private campgrounds typically have more amenities, such as pools, laundry facilities, grocery stores, playgrounds, and more. For that reason, if you’re traveling with kids or with a large group, it might make more sense to find a campground with all the bells and whistles.

Campgrounds Near Me – Now that you’ve narrowed down the type of RV sites you’re looking for, it’s time to find your ideal campground. Try doing an online search for something like “RV camping near me,” “RV parks near me,” or “RV camping near Grand Canyon.” Google will then populate a map with all of the available RV parks in the area so you can get a sense of their locations and read some reviews from other campers.

Don’t forget to click through to the photos so you get a visual of the campgrounds before you make a decision. You’ll also want to see if the campground offers full or partial hookups for water, sewer, and electricity. If you’re traveling with a pet, remember to check if the RV park is animal friendly, since many campgrounds have a strict no-pets policy.

RV camping checklist – After booking your trip, it’s time to start packing! The blessing and curse of RV travel is that you can bring a lot with you, but be cautious about over-packing since every item you take is more weight on your camper’s load. Many RV rental companies include basic essentials like pots and pans, bed linens, and towels, but be sure to verify this before you leave. Some people also feel more comfortable traveling with their own sheets and pillows, so if that’s you, that’s fine too!

If you have a few weeks to prepare ahead of time, consider picking up some other essentials for your trip, such as a compact, pop-up trash can or quick-dissolving toilet paper that’s made specifically for RVs. Some travelers also like to pack an outdoor rug and chairs to convert their outdoor space into another living room. Add some bistro lights and the beverage of your choice, and you’re in for a great night!

Best RV parks – One last piece of advice: Don’t forget that there’s no such thing as the “best RV park.” There’s only the best RV park for you. Reading reviews is important for vetting campgrounds, but it’s not the be-all, end-all. Some people prefer a more tranquil, rustic vibe at an RV campsite, while others are looking for updated facilities or family-friendly activities. The key to planning a great RV trip is knowing yourself (and your travel group!) and identifying your top priorities for a campground. Happy camping!

Lichtsinn RV, America’s closest dealer to Winnebago Industries, has been named Top North American Winnebago Dealer by Winnebago Industries for the last four consecutive years. We proudly sell New RVs manufactured by Winnebago Industries as well as Used RVs.

Article originally seen on RVShare.com

National Scenic Byways

Traveling along America’s growing network of Scenic Byways takes you off crowded highways and through areas of breathtaking beauty. The National Scenic Byways Program recognizes over 150 outstanding roadways that celebrate the pride and diversity of our communities as well as the stunning landscapes that have shaped our lives. America’s Byways include the National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads.National Byways Map

These All-American Roads are a sampling of America’s byways. For maps or a full list of National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads, visit www.byways.org.

Selma to Montgomery March Byway (Alabama)

This 43-mile byway follows the trail of the 1965 march led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Seward Highway (Alaska)

This 127-mile highway passes jagged peaks, alpine meadows and crystal lakes in south central Alaska between Anchorage and Seward.

Death Valley Scenic Byway (California)

This 55-mile road journeys through one of the driest and hottest environments in the Western Hemisphere.

Gold Belt Tour Scenic and Historic Byway (Colorado)

The 135-mile Gold Belt Tour follows historic railroad and stagecoach routes leading to North America’s greatest gold camp, three world-class fossil sites and numerous historic sites.

Tamiami Trail Scenic Highway (Florida)

This 49.5-mile highway traverses the Florida Everglades, one of the largest remaining tropical wildernesses in the continental U.S.

Creole Nature Trail (Louisiana)

Known as Louisiana’s Outback, the Creole Nature Trail meanders through marshes, prairies and along the Gulf of Mexico.

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway (Maryland)

This byway brings to life the stories of the Underground Railroad, a secret network of roads, waterways, trails and hiding places along which enslaved African-Americans were helped to freedom before the Civil War.

Copper Country Trail (Michigan)

Pure copper! In Michigan’s northern wilderness, you will find the legacy of a mining boom that produced over 10 billion pounds of copper that assisted a nation’s growth.

Geronimo Trail Scenic Byway (New Mexico)

Immerse yourself in the Apaches’ history and the hot mineral springs used by Geronimo and his warriors. Visit the historic mining towns that flourished and died with the gold and silver fortunes.

Mt. Hood Scenic Byway (Oregon)

On this byway, volcanoes once erupted and mammoth floods scoured deep gorges. Discover geologic wonders, waterfalls, temperate rain forests and wild rivers. Experience the formidable last leg of the Oregon Trail, the Barlow Road.

Families Save Money When Owning RVs Compared to Other Vacations

A new study conducted by CBRE Hotels Advisory Group has found that RV vacations cost much less than other types of vacation travel, even when factoring in fuel prices and the cost of RV ownership. According to the study, commissioned by Go RVing and the RV Industry Association, there are cost savings of 21 to 64 percent for a four-person travel party, while a two-person travel party saves 8 percent to 53 percent, depending on factors such as the type of RV and type of vacation.

“The study reaffirms that RVs are a great way to save on family travel, and it’s equally important to remember that RV ownership provides benefits that go well beyond affordability,” says RV Industry Association president Frank Hugelmeyer. “To take an RV trip is to experience togetherness with family and friends, along with the flexibility to travel whenever and wherever you want.”

The CBRE study analyzes vacation costs using two sets of hypothetical travel groups: a four-person travel party of two adults and two children, and a two-person travel party of two adults. CBRE analyzed major costs these hypothetical travelers incur traveling to nine popular vacation destinations. For each destination, researchers analyzed vacations lasting 3, 7 and 14 days.

The study compared different methods of travel, including a folding camping trailer; a lightweight travel trailer; a compact motorhome; a type C motorhome; a type A motorhome; traveling in a personal car, staying at hotels/motels, and eating meals in a restaurant; traveling by airline, renting a car at the destination, staying at hotels/motels, and eating meals in restaurants; and traveling in a personal car or airline (as appropriate), staying at a rental house/condominium, and eating the majority of meals in the rental unit. The type A motorhome, typically the largest and most luxurious RV, was compared to travel options such as flying first class, renting a premium car, staying in upscale hotels/resorts, and eating meals in restaurants.

RV vacations show a clear family budget benefit over other forms of travel, regardless of the RV type. According to the CBRE study, a four-person travel party can expect to save (by unit type):

Folding camping trailer: 50-64%
Lightweight travel trailer: 31-50%
Compact motorhome: 31-50%
Type C motorhome: 21-43%
Type A motorhome: 41%

A two-person travel party saved, according to the CBRE analysis:

Folding camping trailer: 43-53%
Lightweight travel trailer: 20-34%
Compact motorhome: 20-34%
Type C motorhome: 8-24%
Type A motorhome – 19%

The study included analysis of how fluctuations in fuel prices could affect the economic advantages of RV travel. Researchers found that for a four-person travel party it would take a rise in fuel prices to nearly $13 per gallon for a Type C motorhome vacation to be more expensive than the least expensive non-RV vacation. None of the fuel increase scenarios for a four-person travel party resulted in other RV vacation types being more expensive than the least expensive non-RV vacation.

For a two-person travel party, fuel prices would still need to rise significantly (from $5.50 to more than $13 per gallon) from current levels for RVing to lose its economic advantage.

“While fuel costs are a component of the overall vacation cost, it isn’t significant enough to materially affect the outcome of our analysis,” says Kannan Sankaran, managing director of CBRE’s Advisory Services, and lead researcher.

Article originally seen on RVNews.com.

GoRVing Survey Predicts RV Use to Soar this Summer

RVDailyReport.com — More than 5.8 million American RV used their RV during the Memorial Day Weekend, according to Go RVing’s 2018 RV Owners Insights survey, conducted by Go RVing, the RV Industry Association, and Inquisium.

As the summer travel season shifts into high gear, 92 percent of RV owners say they expect to use their RVs as much as or more than they did in 2017. A record 25 million people are expected to vacation in an RV this year.

RVers say they’re going to use their RVs to get outdoors and enjoy nature (65 percent), take more mini-vacations (64 percent), and spend more quality time with family (50 percent).

“The RV lifestyle has come to be embraced by a wide cross-section of Americans who work hard and want to enjoy the fruits of their labor,” said Frank Hugelmeyer, president of the RV Industry Association. “RVers enjoy the convenience, comfort and flexibility RVs offer, as well as the savings RVs provide.”

While fuel prices remain unpredictable from year-to-year, 81 percent of RV owners say this year’s fuel prices will not affect their travel plans. In fact, 80 percent of survey respondents in this year’s study say RV vacations cost less even when fuel prices are higher, with 77 percent saying they save 25 percent or more; and 55 percent saving 35 percent or more.

Over the past three years in the US, RV shipments from manufacturers to dealers have spiked to record levels, and consumer purchases from RV dealer lots have risen steadily. According to the survey, recent buyers were motivated by a desire to see America (90 percent), the travel advantages offered by RVing (83 percent), and innovative features and designs on new RVs (74 percent).

Two-thirds of RV owner respondents (67 percent) said an RV is the “most affordable way to travel.” These findings were echoed by research conducted by CBRE Hotels Advisory, which found savings of 21-64 percent for a four-person travel party, and 8-53 percent for a two-person travel party, depending on factors such as the type of RV and the type of vacation.

While 63 percent of 2018 RV owner respondents cite the “escape of everyday stress and pressure” as a “top benefit of RVing, these same RV owners want to stay connected while on the road — 89 percent bring their smartphone, 69 percent their laptop and 62 percent their tablet PC. The most-used campground amenity is wifi (84 percent).

RV owners are staying connected and active. Favorite activities include:

  • Sightseeing: 72 percent;
  • Visiting state and national parks: 71 percent;
  • Grilling/cookouts: 69 percent;
  • Visiting historic sites: 66 percent;
  • Hiking: 58 percent; and
  • Fishing: 42 percent.

More than 70 percent of RVers say they’re more physically active when vacationing in an RV than on other types of vacations, and 81 percent say their kids are more active.

Another important benefit of RV travel: bringing the family pet. More than 65 percent bring a four-legged family member on their RV excursions. Dogs dominate at 93 percent with cats next at 8 percent. The 101 percent total means that some RV owners bring both, yet another reason why RV owners love the “controls” that RVs offer.

The Go RVing 2018 RV Owners Insights survey included 562 respondents and has a 4 percent margin of error.