Several months ago I put an article together showing the results of our weekly e-newsletter RV polls. I find it interesting to review these poll results occasionally, and think many other RVers find the poll results of a targeted RV audience interesting too. Of course the outcome of any poll depends on several factors like what type of poll it is, how the questions are presented, who is asking the questions and of course who does and does not participate in the poll.

 Our weekly RV poll is not a scientific poll, a political poll or a marketing poll. It is basically used to give me some idea of what our newsletter readers are interested in, how they use their RVs and just for the fun of it.

So, here is a look back at some past polls and how the participants responded.

  •  30% of the participants have experienced problems with rodent control in their RV’s and 70% have not.
  • 48% have spent a night in a Wal-Mart parking lot and 52% have not. Of those, 58% asked permission to stay in the Wal-Mart parking lot and 42% did not.
  • 68% connect to the internet every day when traveling by RV and 32% do not. 82% experience trouble getting an internet connection on the road and 16% do not. 58% of the respondents depend on free Wi-Fi to connect, 27% used a wireless card to connect and 15% relied on other methods like paid Wi-Fi, cell phones and satellite service.
  • When asked who drove the most 92% responded male, 5% female, 1% female traveling alone and 2% male traveling alone.
  • 74% said their RV came with a spare tire and 26 % did not get a spare when they purchased their RV.
  • 84% make campground reservations in advance and 16% do not.
  • 9% of respondents see closing state parks as a way to decrease state budgets and 91% do not.
  •  55% are currently financing their RV and 45% are not. 51% of those financed think they owe more than the RV is worth and 49% do not think they owe more than the RV is worth.
  • 85% of participants have an Emergency Roadside Service (ERS) plan and 15% do not.
  • 18% travel 200 miles or less per day during RV trips, 47% average 300 miles per day, 26% average 400 miles per day and 9% travel 500 or more miles per day.
  • 54% own motorized RV’s and 46% own towable RV’s.
  • 94% use rest stops along the way when traveling by RV and 6% do not.
  • At one time or another 35% of respondents have had a damaged RV holding tank waste valve and 65% never have. Of those with damaged waste valves 58% repaired it themselves and 42% did not attempt repairs.
  • 36% use some type of digital line monitor to monitor campground electricity and 65% do not. 40% always test the campground wiring prior to plugging the RV in and 60% do not.
  • 82% check the tire pressure before each trip and 18% don’t.
  • 58% use checklists to perform maintenance and routine tasks on their RV and 42% do not.
  • 12% of the respondents have work camped before and 88% have not.
  • 90% said they use environmentally friendly holding tank chemicals and 10% don’t.
  • 63% use their RV in the winter and 37% don’t.
  • 70% have stayed in a friends or relatives driveway before and 30% have not.
  • 19% frequently stay at state or federal campgrounds, 34% stay at private campgrounds, 5% stay at public campgrounds and 42% stay at a combination of all three.
  • 67% use a pre-departure checklist when they RV and 33% don’t.
  • 98% have one or more slide outs on their RV and 2% don’t have any slide outs.

 Well that brings us up to date on the poll results. When we gather more results I will keep you posted.

 Happy Camping,

Mark Polk

RV Education 101

RV University

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17 comments

  1. Duffer

    Say Mark,

    Now, that is a really interesting article! Truly. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen anyone else summarize RV traveling like that.

    Good Work and Best Regards.

  2. Big Bubba

    Interesting results. I realize it was not meant to be statistically valid, only tallying those who chose to respond, but I am surprised at several of the findings. A couple of examples: 40% checking cg power prior to hooking up seems high. Very seldom do I see someone with a multi tester checking the power prior to hookup. And I know very few people have good surge protection on their rigs. And finally, 98% of your respondents have slides??? I would bet that at least 25% of NEW production doesn’t have a slide. What do the manufactures’ stats say?

    Big Bubba

  3. OldGrayMare

    We RV in a 13 ft. Trillium. I could use a slide out. 😉

  4. Dave Aldrich

    Great Job! Some of the stats were freally suprising! Thanks for the information! DA

  5. keith

    sure wish I bought a slide out, but I am happy with what we have

  6. Herb Ford

    Thank you for putting together the stats. Very interesting information; some surprising and others expected. I too was surprised to see the number of people who checked power first before plugging in…. seems a little high to me as well. I have one question, I’ve never stayed in a Wal Mart parking lot – is it required to get permission or can you just park without notifying them of your intentions in advance?

  7. DynoDave

    Very interesting article. It is interesting to see what the majority are doing. However, I find one thing rather sad or disturbing; that 42% of the people that have stayed in a Walmart parking lot did not ask permission. We would not think of staying in someone else’s property without permission. I hope that 42% does not ruin it for everone!

  8. Drew

    Even though it may appear that some don’t use a multi meter to check for voltage and polarity issues before plugging in, I have a progressive unit that does both-so I don’t use a stand alone meter, even though I keep one in case there are other issues that arise.

    Drew

  9. Geoffrey Pruett

    Always check the polarity (hot pin) on campground outlets more for new looking boxes that could be miswired. Retired Electricians do not loose some of the habits that got them to retirement age.
    Maybe the North West is different due to the average age of units in use but the percentage of units with slideouts is way lower here. When we moved up to and A avoided slide outs as one more potential failure Point. Might go for slide outs in a new unit but the prices on anything that looks well constructed makes this very unlikely unless the lottery smiles on me. Probably have to buy a ticket for that to happen.

  10. Herb,

    It’s always best to ask a manager permission to stay at a Wal-Mart. There are many wal-Marts that don’t allow RV’s to spend the night for various reasons.

    Lots of Wal-Marts have a security guard that drives around at night too. It’s a good idea to contact the guard and ask where you should park, and if they know you are there they will keep an eye on things around your RV.

  11. Gary

    Yes, perhaps not outstanding news to anyone who likes freedom. Reservations have just about killed the adventure of travel. We have found campgrounds in Europe that are more interested in the camper, than money. In France, when the owners go away, they leave the grounds open, including the toilets (if you’ve beern there it’s not a good toilet, but it is open) and the water. NO vandalizing, NO waste left behind, just great folk to talk to. Anyway, the ability to not plan ahead is the best part of travel. What if the area is good, but you have to move as the spot is “reserved”, or it is terrible and you want to leave early. You still pay. love your site, many more years for you and yours. Gary

  12. Mikie

    Hi ! I was one of those first time snow birds and first time rv’er. Also a woman that travled alone except for my dog. I learned a bunch and am still learning. So taken by the nice people ready to teach and help! Like reading about others!
    Thanks for all the stats.

    Mikie

  13. Maro Scott

    We recently stopped at Cracker Barrel in Wichita Falls, Tx.. We met up with other members of our RV club to travel on to Amarillo and Palo Duro Canyon. We all went in to eat lunch prior to continuing on the rest of the way. Our coach basement was broken into and we lost approximately $300 of items. Another coach was broken into and thankfully, the thieves did not take the oxygen equipment. This Cracker Barrel did not have security and you park behind this restaurant at your own risk. Just a note for others to be aware of the problem at this Cracker Barrel. We reported this problem to the manager and she said that she would report it to the corporate office. We, also, reported the thief to the Wachita Falls police dept. They took our report and said a detective would be in touch with us…we haven’t heard anything to date.

  14. GaryM

    We always check the power prior to hooking up. WE have stayed in a couple of iffy camp grounds and some not so iffy. Both kinds have occaisionally given us problems. 112 in the shade, both the air and fridge are on and working hard. We came back from dinner out to hear this horrible hum through out the camp. Not enough power to run everything. The whole place went dark. Not sure why but nothing got fried. WE have been checking ever since. Should have known. WE do have a surge protector and feel somewhat better about hooking up in a camp we have not been in before.
    Good stuff – thanks, I like this.
    GM

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