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RVers Keep Going Despite Gas Prices

Originally Published in Trailer Life Magazine

RVers aren’t going to let high gas prices ruin their summer fun. They are willing to “pay
to play” to keep their sporting lifestyles, according to a survey conducted by an
Ohio-based national insurer. Nationwide Mutual Insurance of Columbus says its Second Annual
Fueling Powersports Index shows that owners of RVs, travel trailers, boats and motorcycles
plan to enjoy their passions this summer despite rising fuel prices. Nationwide polled
2,518 owners on how fuel prices would impact their summer fun. Nearly 70 percent indicated
they wouldn’t change their vacation plans because of high prices. “Our second annual survey
demonstrates that powersport owners are adapting to a range of fuel prices. In fact,
enthusiasts say gas would have to cost nearly twice as much, before they would stop using
their vehicles,” stated Mitch Roggemann, national sales director for Nationwide’s Property
& Casualty Specialty Products. “This is reflective of the fact that close to 70 percent
of all powersporters use time spent on their vehicles as an escape from everyday life.” The
survey’s key findings include: Fuel prices would have to go through the roof before
travel-trailer owners would stop using their vehicles, at $4.14 per gallon. Motorhome
owners say they expect to drive 819 miles round trip each time they use their vehicle this
year. Travel-trailer owners expect to drive 459 miles per round trip.

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