Camping & RV industry - Statistics & Facts

Camping & RV industry - Statistics & Facts

Statistics and facts on camping and recreational vehicles

Camping is one of the most popular outdoor recreational activities in the United States, whether it is in a tent at a campground, a recreational vehicle or even just the backyard. In 2015, the revenue of campgrounds and RV parks was estimated at around 5.8 billion U.S. dollars. The same year, consumers spent more than 2.5 billion U.S. dollars on camping equipment – a large proportion of this expenditure was on backpacks and sleeping bags.

While participation in camping was at its lowest in at least a decade in 2012, the number of participants still totaled around 40 million. A national survey by research company Nielsen Scarborough in spring 2015 indicated that figures may be on the rise again as 45 million respondents reported camping at least once in the previous 12 months. In general, camping participants from North America come from a variety of backgrounds and most of them camp to relax, escape daily life and and because it is an affordable vacation option. The most popular camping activity among North American campers in 2015 was fishing, with hiking and backpacking ranking as close second favorites.

Recreational vehicles colloquially known as RVs, are a popular and convenient way of camping, as they provide campers with home comforts such as kitchen facilities and living areas. Wholesale shipments of recreational vehicles were forecasted to reach 381 thousand in 2016. Demand for various types of RVs has increased year-over-year since 2009 when figures fell to just 165.7 thousand shipments. It is estimated that RV dealers generate between 16 and 17 billion U.S. dollars each year.

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