Monday, June 19, 2006

RV use grows as fun vacation vehicles for the whole family

In the midst of the peak summer travel season, a booming RV rental industry is drawing young families and baby boomers inside mammoth vehicles that roam the highways bound for national parks, relatives' homes, NASCAR races and just about anywhere else. RV rentals are expected to surge 24 percent this year, according to a survey released this month by the Recreation Vehicle Rental Association.

Sam Clayton, rental manager of Carolina Coach and Camper near Hickory, chalks up the increase to busy families yearning to spend time together.

"Families have changed," he says. "Families don't even eat together anymore. People are looking for quality time with their own family to get to know them."

Sandy Lankford, 41, said she was pleasantly surprised with her first RV trip earlier this month, when she, her husband, son, daughter and son-in-law went in a mini-motor home to a dirt-bike race in Pennsylvania for a week.

"It was definitely a little better than I thought it would be," said Lankford, who lives in Booneville, south of Winston-Salem. "I'm not much of a camping person. It's definitely a lot better than camping."

Staying in a motel might have been cheaper but less convenient, she said. Full Story...







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