The Escapees RV Club recently circulated a census among the RVing community, garnering the feedback of nearly 7,800 RVers. The census was open for five months, from November 30, 2018, to April 12, 2019, and included input from a wide variety of RV owners. The following results are based on the information shared by those who completed the survey.
A snapshot of the census results indicate that a majority of respondents are 65 to 79 years old and have been RVing for more than 15 years. Forty-eight percent are currently traveling full-time in their Class A motorhomes, though there is a substantial number who call 5th wheel RVs home.
Of those who responded, 61% stay in one spot for less than two weeks. They cover 5,000-10,000 miles per year, indicating they likely make many stops closer together rather than long-distance relocations.
Another interesting point is about age and work. Of 7,800 respondents, 43% are younger than 65, the usual age of retirement. This is supported by other industry research that indicates the rapid growth of this segment of RVers. Of that 43%, assuming those who answered questions regarding work fall within that age group, 25% work while traveling, with a sizeable portion working on-site for their employer and a comparable portion working remotely.
The collective data gained from the survey will be applied by the club in a variety of ways including discussions of current and pending legislation, improvement of programs and services currently available to RVers, and conversations with RV manufacturers and other related businesses about meeting the needs of today’s RVer.
For more in-depth information regarding the results of the RVer census, read the recent Escapees blog post, Census Results are In.
The census is circulated every three years to maintain an up-to-date overview of the RVing community. Those interested in further discussing these results and/or addressing advocacy concerns, please reach out to Shawn Loring, CEO of Escapees RV Club at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since 1978, Escapees has been a leader in educating people about the RVing lifestyle and fostering a community among RVers. The club was founded by full-time RVers Joe and Kay Peterson, at a time when there was no support group for full-timers. Today, the club continues to grow and transform itself according to the needs of its members, supporting them through benefits and educational and social opportunities. Learn more or join the club at escapees.com.