The number of Americans going camping is on the rise, according to the latest North American Camping Report from Kampgrounds of America. Between 2014 and 2018, more than 6 million people said they have introduced camping trips into their lifestyles, bringing the total number of camping households to 77 million.
As people begin camping more frequently, they will inevitably need gear to help them in their outdoor adventures. One popular purchase for campers, experienced and newbies alike, is a recreational vehicle. Nearly one-quarter of people who camp say they spend their nights in an RV. These vehicles allow people to bring the convenience of stoves, refrigerators, bathrooms and beds into nature with them.
When choosing their perfect RVs, more campers are opting for smaller models. These compact RVs have several key advantages that make them alluring choices.
Lightweight RVs are easily towed behind the average SUV. With fewer people seeking out vehicles meant specifically for towing, it's much more convenient to have an RV that can be hitched to the everyday family car, USA Today pointed out.
Smaller RVs also allow more versatility, GO RVing Canada explained. Their size makes it easier to get them through narrower roads and campsites, giving users the opportunity to pick and choose where to stop and set up camp. The benefit of easy towing also has its perks in the city. A smaller trailer is easier to navigate through streets.
RVers also enjoy the cost savings benefits of more modestly sized RVs. Because they aren't as heavy as their larger counterparts, they're easier on the gas mileage of the vehicle. Additionally, insurance rates may be lower on smaller-sized vehicles, RV Life noted.
Though more people are seeking out RVs and taking on outdoor hobbies like camping and traveling, the cost of an RV can still make a person pause. Small RVs range in prices, but they can get expensive; USA Today reported that some popular models had price tags of $12,000 or more.
Offering financing programs to your customers can help them turn their camping dreams into a reality. By spacing out payments to monthly installments, consumers may find that their perfect RV is much more affordable than they originally thought. Plans with APRs as low as 5.9 percent, and the ability to offer financing for deals up to $100,000, give your dealership many options when determining the right plan for a customer. To learn how to make these financing opportunities available to your customers, reach out to Aqua Finance.