At the cost of a coffee fuel prices no stopper for caravan, camper and RV holidays independent study shows

January 19, 2009
At the cost of a coffee fuel prices no stopper for caravan, camper and RV holidays independent study shows

A 20 cents per litre rise in the cost of fuel equates to an increase of 2 percent-about the price of a cup of coffee.

An independent study by KPMG shows fuel is a small portion of the overall cost of a caravan and camping holiday.

KPMGs Impact of fuel price on the cost of Caravanning and RV holidays, commissioned by the Caravan and Camping Industry Association of NSW (CCIA) examines fuel consumption costs for popular holiday routes of caravanners and RV travellers.

The study looked at a local (606km) 14-day short break for a couple from Sydney to Forster in a diesel Landcruiser towing a 24ft caravan at an average consumption of 18 litres per 100km.

A 14-day family trip (1738KM) for four in a 6-cylinder petrol Falcon from Sydney to the Gold Coast visiting theme parks towing a 16ft pop-top caravan at an average consumption of 16 litres per 100km.

A 120-day (5,140km) winter escape for a couple in a diesel Class C 24ft motorhome at an average 13 litres per 100km Sydney to Cairns.

And a 180-day round Australia trip).

*Estimated total cost of Round Australia Holiday: Fuel consumption estimates for motorhomes travelling up to 34,859km were provided by manufacturers and are a guide only.

The KPMG report says that fuel makes up a small portion of the overall holiday cost and that increases in fuel price marginally affects the overall trip cost.

The report also analysed the use of popular 4WD vehicles towing, predominantly, a 24 foot caravan as well as travelling in a motorhome on trip fuel costs.

KPMG also accounted for between 30km and 50km per day travel at thedestination to build in touring regional sights and attractions.

Based on industry research, KPMG accounted for $53.26* (excluding fuel) as the average amount of money spent per person per day on a caravan and RV holiday.

Motorhomes drew plenty of interest
Motorhomes drew plenty of interest

This covers site fees, food and beverages 75 percent, shopping, gifts and souvenirs 11 percent, entertainment, museums and movies 4 percent, organised tours one percent, vehicle maintenance and repairs three percent, other local transport one percent, taxis one percent and other incidentals 5 percent.

*Data from the National Visitors Survey (2007) collected by Tourism Research Australia.

Underpinning the report was Tourism Research Australias National Visitor Survey trip expenditure data, that revealed the average daily spend (excluding fuel costs) of holiday makers towing a caravan was

$53.26 per person*. This information was used to estimate overall trip costs associated with a caravan and RV holiday.

As an example, the report reveals that for a three month holiday from Sydney (NSW) to Cairns (QLD) - a popular touring route for caravanners and motorhomers - fuel would make up only around 9%-13% of the overall holiday cost.

And a shift in fuel price from $1.00 to $1.20 per litre would increase the total holiday cost by around 2% or about $2 per day**.

The GoSee Captiva and the Windsor Rapid team well
The GoSee Captiva and the Windsor Rapid team well

Fuel makes up a small portion of the overall holiday cost and a 20 cents per litre rise in the cost of fuel equates to an increase of 2% or buying around one cup of coffee.

This will not discourage most caravanners and motorhomers from experiencing the rewards of a touring holiday, with the experience worth more than a cup of coffee, Barry Baillie, CEO, CCIA said.

Consumers can find out the total cost of fuel for their next trip by logging on to http://www.tournsw.com.au/fuelcalc.php


Consumers are able to calculate estimated fuel and holiday costs for their next trip by entering their cars fuel consumption, the number of kilometres they plan to travel and the current price of fuel.

Editor's Note: Members of the free GoSee TravelSmart Club also enjoy an instant Fuel Calculator and a Towing Compatability safety check which is based on data from the professional experience of towing equipment icon Hayman Reese. Please click on the Info Article link to read the feature -

A now for breakfast.
A now for breakfast.

The CCIA has developed a user friendly guide for consumers titled Fuel Prices The Good News which outlines the marginal difference a fuel price rise will have on a caravan or RV holiday.

The booklet provides examples for each of the popular touring scenarios with a family or couple touring in a caravan or motorhome. Fuel Prices The Good News is available as a free download on http://www.tournsw.com.au/fuelcalc.php.

For the first time in some months, Australian families can rest assured that caravan and camping holidays are still the best value for money holidays and provide a range of accommodation and touring options where there's something for every budget, Barry Baillie, CEO, CCIA said.

The CCIA and industry counterparts say the KPMG report is the most comprehensive independent review of the impact of fuel price on caravan and camping holidays, taking into account travel at the destination, spending money for museum and theme park visits and other entertainment, food and beverages, site fees/accommodation, and vehicle maintenance and repairs (during the trip).

Sources for the KPMG report include - * Tourism Research Australias National Visitor Survey 2007 which includes site fees for a touring holiday, visits to attractions, museums, movies and other entertainment, shopping for gifts and souvenirs, organised tours and vehicle maintenance and repairs.

** Based on a vehicle with a fuel consumption of 13 litres per 100 km for a Class C motorhome from industry estimates.

The Possums, Sharron  and Darryl, with their Winnebago
The Possums, Sharron and Darryl, with their Winnebago

Editors Note: KPMG is the global network of professional services firms of KPMG International.

Its member firms provide audit, tax and advisory services through industry focused professionals. KPMG member firms provide audit, tax and advisory services in about 140 countries.

GoSee has extensive fuel and touring cost related Information Articles in its features library.

They include a 53 day 6,647km test of touring in 2006 with a 23ft company caravan behind the GoSee flagship Toyota diesel auto 2005 TD Sahara Landcruiser.

It is a practical test with a combined weight of 5.7 tonnes used in touring all terrains and conditions.

GoSee found that fuel price rises are no big stopper for caravan holidays.

A Multi-Search of GoSee on the word fuelusing the Forums option on the top of any page will bring up 19 pages of practical experience from GoSee Forum users who form their opinions on the road.

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