Outdoorsy.com is one of our largest partners at Road Adventures by Mark Wahlberg and they recently shared this helpful blog detailing what the biggest RV trends for 2022 were! Below you can find their picks for the most popular rigs, places to visit and an overall sense of trends in the last year.
RVing is a special and amazing hobby/lifestyle that helps us to all enjoy the magnificence of the great outdoors and time away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. As we head into 2023, it’s become more and more evident that we all need more time away with our families and loved ones, and what better way to experience it all than in an RV!
TRENDS AND RV INFO TO KNOW GOING INTO 2023:
Here’re some of the coolest things Outdoorsy published about 2022 RV travel trends:
“Revenge Travel Is Still Happening
Revenge travel happened big in 2021 and 2022. That’s where we all took it out on 2020 lockdowns by going on all the trips we didn’t take (and then some) during the pandemic. Here’s what we’re seeing on that front:
Double it. RV rental bookings on our platform have doubled from January – April 2021 to January – April 2023. To us, this says that revenge travel hooked people into a love for RVing that’s only growing.
37%. Bookings for 2023 are up 37% from 2021 and up 8% from 2022.
Positive Traveler Sentiment At All-Time High
People are digging RV travel. We know this because 95% of our reviewed RV rentals were rated 5 stars by our renters in 2022. That’s compared to:
93% in 2021
92% in 2020
For us, this is incredibly gratifying because it signifies that peer-to-peer RV rental is truly becoming a top-quality way to vacate — able to compete with virtually any other vacation type.
RV Rental Supply Is At Its Highest Ever
We’ve seen 59% more hosts (and RV rentals!) added to our platform since 2020. That translates into scads more options and available RV rental nights for you.
And 70% of our owners offer RV delivery as an add-on, making it easier than ever for you to roll in the rig of your dreams.
10 Most Popular RV Destinations From 2022
Urban locales with close proximity to things like national parks, monuments, and other outdoor attractions continue to top our list. People tend to rent RVs at these locations and then trek about these regions in search of adventure:
San Diego-Chula Vista-Carlsbad, CA Metro Area — Southern California is known for beautiful beaches and weather that’s regularly 70s and sunny. The area also has some of the best food in the country — making it a popular RVing destination for decades.
We found that 82% of our renters this year were first-time renters on Outdoorsy. This is compared to 86% from last year.
What this says to us is that RVing vacations are continuing to grow at a rapid pace.
Which Age Groups Are Renting RVs The Most?
35 to 44-year-olds represent our largest segment of renters by clocking in 32% of our bookings. 45 to 54-year-olds are next in line at 26% of our bookings.
Who Is Traveling In 2022?
On par with years past, couples travel seems to be our most popular because 61% of RV rental searches on our platform are for ‘sleeps two’ rigs.
This is followed up by folks searching for ‘sleep four’ rigs to accommodate a couple and 1-2 kiddos.
Looking Ahead To 2023 RV Travel Trends
With 2023 upon us, we can already see a few themes that’ll likely shape the year. Here’s what we’re seeing so far:
People Are Booking RVs Far In Advance
Renters are renting rigs an average of 232 days out for 2023. This is close to the 234-day-out average for 2022.
When revenge travel was in its early days in 2021, folks reserved their RV 278 days ahead of the vacay, on average.
Average Trip Length For Bookings In 2023
This is tracking around 7 days on average — a bump up from years past.
Average Trip Cost For Bookings In 2023
Because renters seem to be booking longer RV trips for 2023, this overall cost has gone up to $1,813. That’s compared to a $1,270 average for 2022.
Nightly RV rental rates haven’t necessarily gone up for 2023 but the length of trip has, resulting in an increased average trip cost.
Booking Growth 2023 Versus 2022
We’re showing 8% more bookings for this period versus the exact same time period last year.
Last year at this time, we were showing a 27% year-over-year increase in bookings.
What that all means is that more and more people are continuing to get into RVing — something we love seeing.
If 2021 was the year of revenge travel, 2022 is the year of revenge-on-revenge travel. Scads of people in 2020, 2021, and 2022 discovered just how refreshing, restorative, and rejuvenating RV travel could be and they’re sticking with it.
RVing is growing in popularity because it continues to be one of the most affordable, efficient, fun, and flexible ways to travel. Our 2022 year in rearview is looking exceedingly bright — and 2023 is looking even better.”
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