Summer Travel

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The Great American Road Trip is still on this summer, but higher gas prices have those motoring in RVs planning ventures closer to home, according to a CBS News report.

“People do continue to go RV-ing, they just adjust their behaviors some,” a spokesperson for the RV Industry Association (RVIA) told CBS MoneyWatch.

Already popular, traveling RV-style became even more so after COVID-19 hit in 2020, with a record 600,000 of the travel homes sold last year, up 19%, according to the trade group. “We have 40 years of long-term growth, supercharged by the pandemic,” she added.

The trend remains strong even as the pandemic ebbs, with RV shipments up 10% in April from the year-ago period, and shipments this year rising 14%.

Higher inflation and fuel costs may keep some people from purchasing a recreational vehicle in the first place, but they’re not dissuading RV owners from planning trips to explore the outdoors, according to the RV group, which cites its own surveys as well as those conducted by RV rental companies.