It’s Happy Trails – again – for baby boomer motorhome owners. America’s top camp grounds report record RV reservation levels for the summer holidays. Baby boomers have become the largest growing sect of motorhome buyers. In fact, there are more RVs owned by baby boomers than any other age group. There are more than 11,000 new 50-year-olds every day. So what is it about RVs that are making baby boomers embrace the lifestyle?
The most common reason for the popularity of RV travel for baby boomers are bringing the family closer together, creating new experiences and teaching a respect for nature says Robert Hitlin Associates. Baby boomers have a strong and enduring appeal to the RV lifestyle and it shows — sales for RVs are the highest in 28 years.
Top Six Reasons Why Boomers Buy
1. Family Unity
2. Making Memories
3. Overall affordability
4. Enjoying Nature
5. Freedom & Flexibility
6. Financial Factors
PKR Consulting survey says after factoring in the costs of RV ownership and fuel prices, as well as tax benefits that offset some of those costs, a family of four can spend up to 70 percent less when traveling by RV.
With over 16,000 campgrounds nationwide, you don’t have to worry about renting a car, spending hundreds of dollars a night on a hotel room, or confine yourself to a certain amount of time per stop. RVs allow flexibility, freedom and lots of personal control which is another reason they have become so popular with baby boomers. Luxury coaches (called Class A) offer all the amenities of the top resorts.
Motorhome Recreational Vehicle Stats
1. 16,000 campgrounds nationwide cater to RV travelers.
2. Growing number luxury RV facilities offer tennis courts and spas.
3. RV sales are up 22% in the past 3 years.
4. There were over 390,500 sold last year.
5. Pre-owned luxury coaches offer smart choice.
Renting a motorhome is also one of the most affordable ways to travel. According to a vacation cost-comparison study done by PKF Consulting, RV vacations are more affordable than traveling by personal automobiles, commercial airlines, or cruise ships. Even with high gas prices, it is still economical to take RV vacations. Many people are going short distances, staying longer and keeping their speed between 55-60 mph.
For the boomer group and young families with healthy levels of discretionary income, it looks as if the RV is the new way to travel. No more long lines at the airport or spending $300 a night on a hotel room with the view of a brick wall. They can enjoy the freedom and relaxation associated with owning their very own mansion on wheels.
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