Go RVing Releases Two New Reports - National Record RV Sales - Consumer Study on RV's and Higher Gas Prices



    OTTAWA, Nov. 16 /CNW Telbec/ - Go RVing Canada today released key
findings from two major national reports. The first study is a snapshot of
national sales figures demonstrating that RV Sales are up 68 percent since
2005 and 15 percent since 2006.
    The second study is the result of Go RVing's 2007 National Ownership
Study. The study revealed that RV purchases have not been dampened by higher
gas prices and that RV owners have adjusted usage patterns to adjust to fuel
costs.
    "We are coming into the RV show season where customers are starting to
think about new purchases and we are thrilled that our sales numbers are on a
roll and that overall fuel prices are not a factor," commented Go RVing Public
Affairs Director Catherine Fortin LeFaivre
    Survey respondents were asked the question: "In the past few years the
cost of gasoline has risen dramatically. Has the increased cost of gasoline
impacted your RV use?"
    The survey results revealed that 48 percent of RV users were not impacted
by gasoline prices, while 52 percent were. Of those impacted by higher
gasoline prices, 23 percent adjusted by driving shorter distances, while
19 percent stayed parked more often.
    "We hear a lot from consumers that higher fuel prices impact every travel
sector from airlines to cruises. However, our national survey results
demonstrate that RV users can adjust their usage patterns to control costs"
added Fortin LeFaivre. "We also have seen third party surveys this year
demonstrating that the cost of RV travel is substantially less than other
vacation options."
    The sales figures released today are based on Statistics Canada's latest
national retail survey results. The national ownership study was conducted as
part of Go RVing's 2007 National Market Assessment Report conducted by MRP
Market Research Inc. The report was based on a major national internet panel
and 3,176 individual interviews conducted nationwide.

    The Go RVing coalition was formed in 1997, and consists of RV
manufacturers, RV dealers and campground operators. The coalition serves as
the Canadian RV camping industry ambassador to provide the public and media
with information about the benefits of RV travel. The coalition also seeks to
enhance consumer information and satisfaction with the RV experience. For more
information please visit www.GoRVing.ca.




For further information:

For further information: Catherine Fortin LeFaivre, 1-866-470-3528


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