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Survey: Campground stays cost less than hotels

Ninety-two percent of RV enthusiasts say it’s cheaper to stay in a campground or RV resort than a hotel or motel, according to the latest online survey by the Texas Association of Campground Owners.

Many RV travlers derive additional savings by cooking some or all of their own meals, the survey found.

More than half of the survey respondents said they save $20 to $50 a night by staying in a campground or RV resort. An additional 25.7 percent indicated they save $50 to $100 per night. Forty-five percent of survey respondents said they save even more by eating only dinner out, while 32.3 percent cook all of their own meals.

“Our latest survey indicates that people still want to get out and enjoy some time off, but I think they are also trying to stretch their dollar as far as they can,” said Brian Schaeffer, executive director of the Texas Association of Campground Owners. “The camping lifestyle is giving them the options that they’re looking for in that regard.”

The April survey, conducted through www.texascampgrounds.com, generated 614 responses involving the cost of RVing, percentage of meals out and fuel costs, Schaeffer said. Among the survey’s findings:

Of the respondents, 92 percent said staying in a campground or RV resort is cheaper than staying in a motel or hotel, by the following dollar amounts:

  • $40 to $50 per night – 32.3 percent.
  • $50 to $100 per night – 25.7 percent.
  • $20 to $40 per night – 25.7 percent.
  • I don’t save any money. I simply camp for the experience – 7.2 percent
  • More than $100 per night – 5.5 percent
  • $10 to $20 per night – 3.6 percent.

Most RV enthusiasts save additional money by cooking at least some of their own meals. According to the survey:

  • 45 percent only eat dinner out.
  • 32.3 percent cook all of their own meals.
  • 15 percent eat out half the time.
  • 6.8 percent only eat out for breakfast.
  • 1 percent eat out all the time.

The survey also gathered statistics on how much RV enthusiasts spend each day for food, camping fees, entertainment and fuel. The results:

Food expenses

  • $25 to $50 – 48.5 percent
  • Less than $25 – 37.8 percent
  • $50 to $75 – 9 percent
  • $75 to $100 – 2.3 percent
  • $100 or more – 2 percent

Camping fees

  • $20 to $40 – 61.6 percent
  • Less than $20 – 26.7 percent
  • $40 to $60 – 15.6 percent
  • More than $80 – 3.3 percent
  • $60 to $80 – 2.6 percent


Entertainment and activities

  • Less than $25 – 55.7 percent
  • $25 to $50 – 28.3 percent
  • $50 to $75 – 7.8 percent
  • $75 to $100 – 5.5 percent
  • $100 or more – 2.6 percent

Fuel

  • $25 to $50 – 28 percent
  • $50 to $75 – 25.1 percent
  • $75 to $100 – 17.9 percent
  • Less than $25 – 15.3 percent
  • More than $100 – 13.7 percent


Traveling companions

The survey also collected data on how RVers travel:

  • 57.7 percent travel with a spouse or significant other.
  • 35.5 percent travel with a spouse or significant other and their children or grandchildren.
  • 3.6 percent travel alone.
  • 3.6 percent travel with friends.

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