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Trends in RV Travel Freedom. Flexibility. No Schedule. Ultimately, RVs offer travelers freedom and flexibility. You decide when and where to go and how long you want to stay there. There’s no waiting in long lines at the airport or racing to catch a flight. You have complete control over your schedule, allowing unlimited opportunities for spontaneity. RV for Every Taste. Most people view an RV as a home on wheels, providing comfortable sleeping and dining areas, well-equipped kitchens and bathrooms, and the ability to tow or transport boats, and sports equipment such as ATVs or snowmobiles. Some models come with luxurious amenities ranging from satellite dishes and flat-screen TVs to gourmet kitchens. According to Go RVing, many RVs are equipped with slide-outs that provide extra space at the push of a button, queen and king size beds, leather sofas, even fireplaces. If you have it at home, there’s an RV that has it, too. Affordability. The overall affordability of RV travel is another reason that RVs have become so popular. RVs roll travel, accommodations and meals into one and for less than you might think. According to a study, prepared for Recreation Vehicle Industry Association by PKF Consulting USA, RV travel is 23-to-59 percent less expensive than other types of vacations, for a family of four that owns an RV. For an “emptynester” couple traveling by RV, savings were 11- to-46 percent. Even after accounting for factors such as RV ownership costs and fuel prices, the study confirms that RV vacations offer greater savings than those taken using a personal car or airline, staying in a hotel, rental house or condominium, and eating in restaurants. “The study puts numbers to what RV owners have known for years - if you want to save money on travel, go RVing,” said RVIA president Richard Coon. “With the opportunity for frequent getaways to spend quality time outdoors with family and friends, RV ownership is a great value.” To sum it up, RVing allows families a unique travel experience that offers appeal for those seeking to foster an increased sense of togetherness, control, flexibility, and convenience to travel whenever and wherever desired. Sources: www.rvia.org, www.gorving.com Tips for Better RVing RV experts from Kampgrounds of America (KOA) offer these tips for better RVing: 1. If you don’t know what your RV weighs, it’s probably overloaded. 2. Two carpet samples, one placed at the base and another at the top of the entry steps, will help keep dirt and moisture out of the interior. 3. Write down your vehicle’s exact exterior height (remember to add the A/C) and GVWR and keep it inside your cockpit so you never exceed your weight or risk a nasty incident going under an overpass. 4. Never drive more than 500 miles per day. Actually, 400 is pushing it. 5. Backup monitors are wonderful, but expensive. If you’re in the market for one, make sure the camera works in the dark, since a majority of your back-ins will probably occur after the sun goes down. 6. When tackling tough ascents, go down the hill in the same gear you went up in. 7. We don’t really have to remind you to regularly check your LP gas, smoke, and carbon monoxide detectors, do we? 8. Ah, duct tape. 9. Teach your co-pilot to drive and let him or her take the wheel often. Sharing the driving duties cuts down on driver fatigue while reinforcing the notion that RVing is for both of you. Another perk? If the main driver should ever become sick or hurt, you won’t be stranded. 10. Surge protectors offer cheap insurance against power spikes for all your pricey, onboard equipment. 11. Don’t risk traveling in an overloaded vehicle. An overweight vehicle may void any insurance claims and might find you liable. Don’t take chances with this. 12. Visit every national park. 13. A happy co-pilot is the key to a pleasant journey. 14. If you feel cramped in a 40-foot Prevost bus, RVing is not for you 15. Put a roll of quarters in your shower kit in case you’re faced with a bathroom that insists on pay showers. 16. On your way out, be sure to tell the campground owner how much you disliked paying for showers. 17. Conserving resources is a good habit. Don’t let the water just run when washing hands, dishes, or brushing your teeth. 18. If you don’t like where you are, go someplace else. 19. Compile and laminate two basic lists: one for setting up your campsite, the other for breaking camp. That way, you’ll never drive off with your antennae up again. 20. Carry a box of disposable rubber gloves for use during sewer hookups and the dump station. www.rvservices.koa.com Recreational vehicle (RV) travel has become immensely popular over the past decade. According to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association, there are approximately 35 million RV enthusiasts in the U.S., including a growing number of baby boomers. So, what about RV travel is so attractive?


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