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 2013, the revenue of campgrounds and RV parks was estimated at around five billion U.S. dollars. The following year, consumers spent more than 1.5 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 2013, the number of participants still totaled around 40 million. A national survey by research company Nielsen Scarborough in spring 2014 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 the U.S. come from a variety of backgrounds and most of them camp purely for the camping experience, to escape daily life and to spend quality time with their family and friends. By far the most popular camping activity among U.S. campers in 2013 was hiking. Outdoor cooking and photography were also favorites.

Unsurprisingly, camping participants labeled the tent as the most essential camping item. However, not all campers use them. Wholesale shipments of recreational vehicles were forecasted to reach 335 thousand in 2014. 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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