RV Vacations Make Hotel and Restaurant Expenses Unnecessary



    Despite rising gas prices, low campground fees and in-RV cooking keep
    vacation expenses down for RVers

    OTTAWA, July 24 /CNW Telbec/ - As rising gas prices continue to affect
all forms of travel this summer, Go RVing Canada would like to remind
Canadians that taking an RV vacation can keep a family's travel costs down.
    "When people go on vacation, there are usually three major categories of
expenditure," said Catherine Fortin LeFaivre, Go RVing Public Relations
Director. "These are lodging, meal, and transportation-related costs. By
vacationing in an RV, you can significantly reduce all three of these expense
categories."
    For example, a hotel room costs arguably $120 per night when staying at a
modest hotel, compared to staying at a campground in the comfort of your own
RV, which currently averages at $30 per night.
    While RVing, a family could potentially prepare all of its meals,
compared to having to go out to restaurants for all three meals a day if
staying at a hotel. Go RVing estimated that the restaurant bill for a family
of four per day would be approximately $175 if eating at modest
establishments, compared to the cost of preparing your own meals and
purchasing food at a grocery store for approximately $50 per day.
    Following the above example, a family of four's combined meal and hotel
costs for a week would average $2,047 compared to a cost of $560 for in-RV
prepared meals and campground fees. In this case, a family would save close to
$1,500 per week if vacationing in an RV versus straying at a hotel.
    The third factor relates to transportation expenses, such as the cost of
putting gas into your vehicle or purchasing a plane ticket to get to your
destination. This element of a vacation will be affected by gas prices
regardless of the mode of travel, but a family will have more control over
this portion of costs when traveling in an RV. Contrastingly, when buying
plane tickets, there is no control over steep fuel surcharges that the
airlines continue to add.
    "The great thing about RVing," said Fortin LeFaivre, "is that you do have
a greater level of control over how much gas prices will affect your vacation
budget by deciding to stay at closer campgrounds and sites, or by deciding to
stay longer at a given place to minimize your time on the road and use less
gas. RVing allows that kind of flexibility and freedom of choice that other
modes of transportation do not."
    Although there are many factors that make trips different from one
another in terms of costs (distance traveled, type of vehicle used,
attractions visited), an RV vacation offers choices of ways to keep costs
down.
    "Going RVing doesn't mean that you won't be able to enjoy eating out once
in a while," said Fortin LeFaivre, "but what it does mean is that you won't be
at the mercy of restaurants and hotels on a daily basis and as a result, you
can save hundreds of dollars. For many Canadian families, this prospect is
very appealing."
    For more information on RVing and to find campsites throughout Canada,
please visit www.gorving.ca.

    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 further information:

For further information: Catherine Fortin LeFaivre; Kate Van Slyck, Go
RVing Canada Public Relations, Media Line: 1-(866)-470-3528,
catherine@impactcanada.com, kate@impactcanada.com


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