What Are the Benefits of Owning an RV?
Exploring the open road with your family. Adventuring with the comforts of home. Choosing the path less traveled. It’s no wonder that RV sales have been breaking records over the past few years. According to the RV Industry Association (RVIA), January 2022 shipments of RVs were 16% higher than January 2021 shipments, meaning more and more people are taking advantage of RV travel.
The fact is, owning one of the many varieties of recreational vehicles (RVs) available can provide myriad benefits for solo travelers, couples, and families alike. But, of course, when it comes to owning an RV, there are pros and cons. In this blog we’re discussing the perks—and a few of the potential downsides—of RVs.
What Are the Pros and Cons of Owning an RV?
Whether you’re buying an RV for the first time, getting back into camping or considering upgrading your current RV, there’s a lot to learn. From experiencing freedom to getting out into nature and exploring the country, there are a great many benefits, too! Of course, there are some disadvantages that come along with owning an RV, too. The good news is that many of the potential downsides have to do with logistics, such as maintenance and storage, which are fairly easy to take care of once you’re aware of them.
What Are the Upsides of Owning an RV?
- Finding Freedom and Spontaneity: According to GO RVing’s RV Owner Demographic Profile Study, one of the primary reasons for owning an RV comes down to flexibility. When traveling with an RV, you don’t have to worry about rushing to the airport to catch a flight or waiting for the next train to come. Instead, you can explore the open road, checking out gorgeous views and making pit-stops at local sites along the way.
- Traveling with Friends, Family and Pets: There are a variety of sizes and features available for RVs. From Class A motorhomes and travel trailers, which are the best RVs for families and large groups, to Class B motorhomes and fifth wheels that are perfect for a couple or family, you’ve got every option you might want. As an added bonus, traveling in an RV makes it much easier to bring your furry friends along for the trip. Curious about your options? Explore Jayco’s full line of motorhomes and towables!
- Vacationing More: It’s easier—and more affordable—to take a vacation or a weekend trip with an RV. How often do RV owners use their RV? It really depends upon the owner. For example, in GO RVing’s study referenced above, they reported that “adventure seekers” used their RV for an average of 200 days per year while “family campers” reported spending between 13 and 30 days a year using their RV. How long does the average RV owner keep their RV? Well-maintained RVs can last for up to 20 years!
- Accessing the Comforts of Home: Traveling in an RV means you can have your favorite creature comforts with you. Bring along everyone’s favorite pillow and blanket, as many snacks as you like, portable grills, laptops, bicycles, sporting equipment and more.
- Communing with Mother Nature: An RV can help you escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. When you’re traveling in a motorhome or with a camper, things just move at a slower pace. What’s more, you have every opportunity to get out and hike or explore nature. The good news? Getting out into green spaces has been proven to improve our mental health, decrease stress levels and sharpen our cognitive abilities. These are benefits you can take back home to your everyday life.
What Are the Downsides of Owning an RV?
- Paying for Maintenance: There is the price of buying the RV, but there are other costs to be aware of, too. Proper maintenance is essential to getting the most out of your RV, and you can expect to spend money annually on repairs and preventative maintenance. The good news is, when you buy Jayco, we take care of you with an industry-leading 2+3 warranty to keep you covered from the start.
- Finding Storage: It’s important to store your RV somewhere during the winter season and while it’s not in use. For those with large garages or barns, this may not be an issue at all. However, city dwellers and those with smaller garages may need to rent a space to store their RV. A quick online search for “RV storage” in your city should give you plenty of options.
Explore the Open Road with a Jayco RV
For more than 50 years, Jayco has been providing RVs to help families and friends relax, have a great time, and explore the country. Whether you’re looking for a large RV for your family or a smaller RV for just you and your partner, Jayco has a wide variety of options. When you shop Jayco RVs, you can find:
- Class A Motorhomes
- Class B Motorhomes
- Class C Motorhomes
- Travel Trailers
- Fifth Wheels
- Toy Haulers
Once you’re ready to explore in person and make a purchase, visit Jayco.com to find a Jayco dealer near you.