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Barack Obama received the most votes for President of the United States, but he finished runner-up to Robin Williams in a recent survey of RV owners.

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) asked, “What living, famous person would you like to take with you on an RV trip?”

Williams, an Academy Award-winning actor and comedian, starred in the 2006 film RV

“I saw the movie and thought Robin would be the ultimate travel partner,” said James Hennington, an RV owner from Wesson, Miss. “He was extremely funny.”

Other vote-getters included George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Warren Buffet and Rachael Ray.

Affordable way to travel

In other questions asked in the latest biannual Campfire Canvass survey of RV owners, conducted by RVIA, 55 percent of survey respondents intend to use their RVs more this spring/summer than last year, and 45 percent are considering another purchase. 

Only four percent said they’ll use their RVs less this year. Three-fourths said they planned to take more mini vacations so they could escape stress, spend more quality time with family, and enjoy nature and other outdoor activities.

A primary reason so many RVers will be traveling this spring/summer is that they appreciate the value they get compared to flying, driving by car and staying in hotels. Eighty-six percent said RVing is an affordable way to travel. Three-fourths save at least 25 percent when they travel in an RV, and more than a quarter save 35 to 50 percent.

These results echo the findings of a study by international travel and tourism experts PKF Consulting, which found family RV trips are 27 to 61 percent less expensive than other types of vacations.  

“RV travel continues to appeal to people looking to save money and cut costs,” said Richard Coon, president of RVIA. “By having their homes-on-wheels with them, RV owners receive a bigger bang for their buck than other types of vacations offer.”

Incentives to buy

In what has to be a positive sign for the economy, 68 percent of RV owners said they believe this is good time to buy an RV, with 94 percent of those respondents saying great deals are available.

Buyers who meet income requirements can take advantage of the new federal stimulus plan that provides for a deduction of sales and excise taxes on the first $49,500 of a new motorhome purchase.

Mike Seay, 42, of Lindenhurst, Ill., recently purchased a Type A motorhome. “If you’re going to buy, this is the best time to do it,” says Said, an electrical contractor.

According to the survey, 45 percent of RVers are considering another RV purchase. Twenty-four percent are looking to buy in the next year; another 48 percent within two years.

RVers plan to be on the move during major holidays, with 58 percent planning to travel over Memorial Day weekend and 60 percent over July 4.

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