Monday, May 19, 2008

Memorial Day weekend RV travel plans still on

In spite of record-high gasoline prices and a shaky economy, the number of Americans planning road trips for the Memorial Day weekend has dropped only slightly from last year, according to a survey released last week by AAA.

About 31.7 million Americans plan to travel by car that weekend, a drop of about 1 percent from the 32 million a year earlier, AAA said.

Still, surveys and polls over the past few years have shown that when fuel costs climb, travelers shorten their trips or cut back on extraneous expenses such as shopping to help make up the difference.

This trend holds true for owners of recreation vehicles, the behemoth land yachts that get as little as seven miles to the gallon. Seventy-six percent of RV owners surveyed said they still planned to travel via RV this spring and summer but will probably take shorter trips, a recent survey by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association found.
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