The recent roller coaster ride in fuel costs has failed to deter recreational vehicle enthusiasts from enjoying private campgrounds and RV resorts in Texas, according to a recent online survey by the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO).

The survey, conducted in October, found that 82 percent of RV enthusiasts planned to use their RVs this fall at least as much as they did last year at this time.

“The economic downturn and the turbulence we’ve experience with fuel costs are not discouraging people from enjoying the RV lifestyle,” said Brian Schaeffer, TACO’s
executive director.

However, RV enthusiasts are taking shorter trips and they are camping closer to home, he said.

The October survey, conducted through www.texascampgrounds.com, generated 586 responses, Schaeffer said. He said 46 percent of respondents said they planned to use their RV this fall as much as they did last year, while another 36 percent said they planned to use their vehicle even more than last year at this time. Eighteen percent of respondents said they planned to use their RV less frequently this fall.

The Texas Association of Campground Owners markets more than 400 private campgrounds and RV resorts through TexasCampgrounds.com, which shows up in Google searches as people search for campgrounds in Texas.

For campground sources, statistics and other information about camping trends in Texas, please contact Brian Schaeffer at (817) 307-0129 or visit exasCampgrounds.com.