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Are RVs an American Thing?

You’re likely to spot an RV on the roadways of America several times a month. But is RVing only an American thing? You might be surprised at how prevalent the tiny home-on-wheels craze is worldwide.

Keep reading to find out which countries use RVs. The RV community is more significant than you may think. 

Get out your globe, and let’s take a spin around the planet to see where RVing is popular!

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Do Other Countries Use RVs?

Believe it or not, RVing is not just an American thing. People and cultures around the world enjoy camping and exploring the great outdoors.

While the landscapes and campgrounds may differ from country to country, the overall concept is the same. Travelers love a road trip in RVs to see new places and revisit favorite destinations.

What Percent of Americans Own an RV?

Kampgrounds of America (KOA) puts out an annual camping report. It offers data on RV owners across the U.S. and Canada. The study reported that 67% of American households camped at least occasionally in 2020.

And approximately 22 million Americans said they RV three or more times per year. In addition, the number of new campers in 2020 was 21%, which is five times more than in 2019.

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Can You Drive an RV Through Europe?

RVing is a popular pastime throughout Europe. However, crossing borders takes some planning if you’re American. A U.S. passport allows you to stay visa-free for 90 days within the Schengen countries of Europe.

There are 26 countries that make up the Schengen. After 90 days in, you have to be out of the Schengen countries for 90 days before reentering.

So, if you’re planning to stay in Europe longer than 90 days, you can spend your time out by going to a non-Schengen country like the United Kingdom, Ireland, or Croatia. In addition, if you want to stay longer, you’ll need to secure a visa which can be a timely ordeal. 

Once you’re finalized your details for RVing through Europe, you’ll find beautiful landscapes and historical towns. Each European country has a unique history and culture. There are opportunities to stay in campgrounds with epic views.

One thing you’ll want to keep in mind is the European cities are old, and the roads can be very narrow and difficult to maneuver. Thankfully, RVs in Europe are small Class B RVs. 

What Do Europeans Call an RV?

Europeans call RVs motorhomes, campervans, or camping cars. “Campervan” is the most common term you’ll hear.

While there are travel trailers in Europe, the most common camping unit is a campervan or Class B motorhome. In the UK, they are often called caravans.

Would you expect a European motorhome to have a generator and a microwave? Think ag

Can You RV in Africa? 

RVing in Africa is possible, and you’ll find it affordable. What better way to see the sweeping landscapes and majestic wildlife of the continent than in an RV.

Tents to mid-size motorhomes are commonly seen in Africa’s national parks in South Africa, Namibia, and Zimbabwe. Or you may want to consider renting an expedition RV. 

Keep in mind that you are required to have confirmed reservations at campsites. In other words, it’s not possible to boondock just anywhere.  

Do People RV in China? 

CGTN has reported on the RV boom in China. There were approximately 70,000 RVs in China in 2017. Now, that’s not a lot compared to the population of 1.4 billion people living in the country. But there’s growing popularity of RVs in the country.

Imagine touring the vast and varying landscapes of China in an RV! It would surely be a dream road trip.

Which Country Sells the Most RVs?

It shouldn’t be surprising that the U.S. manufacturers and sells the most RVs. However, Canada isn’t too far behind. RV sales were 430,412 units in the U.S. in 2020, and approximately 2.1 million Canadian households own RVs.

As for one of the best countries to RV in, Norway takes home the prize. They’ve had an increase in camping over the years, and the RV industry is predicted to reach over $250 million in 2023.

The reason for the growing popularity is the country’s 47 national parks and ease of getting around. In addition, Norway has an Outdoor Recreation Act that allows residents to experience public lands and some privately owned areas. 

RVing is becoming more popular worldwide. Social platforms have certainly increased the interest in RVing, especially when you see amazing photos on Instagram. But it also allows for an affordable way to travel for various budgets. You can see your country or others from the comfort of a tiny home on wheels. 

If you’re considering RVing in a different country, there are RV rental companies throughout the world. From Iceland to Australia and more, you can rent a camping unit and explore at your own pace. And the nice thing about renting is that the company is likely to give you tips for where to go and what to see.

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