15 statistics that prove that 2020 is the “Year of the RV”

We’ve all seen the headlines: it’s the summer of the road trip. We’re taking it a step further and claiming that it’s the year of the RV. And you don’t have to go far to find stats to back that up. Read on for 15 jaw-dropping statistics that show just how much RVing is having a moment.

1. 46 million Americans plan to take an RV trip in the next 12 months. Source

2. One in four survey respondents plan to take some RV-related action in the next 12 months (either taking a trip, renting an RV, purchasing an RV, researching an RV purchase or visiting a dealership). Source

3. In June, RV-related stocks—including Jayco holding company, Thor, and Camping World—jumped by triple-digit percentages. Source

4. The U.S. Travel Association reports that 68% of people feel safe traveling in a personal vehicle but only 18% feel safe taking a domestic flight. Source 

5. Parks are at the top of the list of perceived “safe” activities—second only to traveling in a car and higher than rental homes and hotels, grocery stores, outdoor concerts, bars and restaurants and more. Source

6. 47% of leisure travelers who camp say they will replace cancelled or postponed trips with camping trips. Source

7. Campers surveyed say the top reasons to camp in the time of COVID include the ability to spend time outdoors after being home for so long; the fact that it’s an affordable way to travel; and that it’s easier to practice social distancing. Source

8. Four in 10 campers are interested in becoming full-time RVers post-COVID; and more than one in 10 non-campers say they’re interested in the full-time RV life. Source

9. About half of tent or cabin campers say they are now more likely to consider RVing than in the past. Source

10. 60% of travelers surveyed say they feel it’s more important than ever for kids to spend time outdoors; 31% it’s as important as it ever was. Source

11. 79% of RVers plan to use their RV as much or more than they did in 2019. Source

12. 53% of RVers surveyed are planning at least one week-long trip. Source

13. 58% of consumers who are interested in purchasing an RV are open to purchasing virtually. Source

14. Gas prices dropped to a 12-year low in July. Source

15. The highest interest in RV camping is among those 18-34 years old. Source

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