Thursday, May 24, 2007

RVing Vacationers think 'close to home'

For the first time in 16 years, Sandra Martin of Sheboygan may be forced to give up a summer vacation at Wisconsin Dells and instead go on a camping trip at a state park much closer to home.

The reason: Record-high gasoline prices that creep higher almost daily.

Roger Russove, sales consultant and rental manager at Horn's RV Center, 8120 S. Frontage Road, said sales and rentals of recreational vehicles are up this summer over last, despite gas mileage that ranges from 8 to 12 mpg.

Customers, Russove said, are telling him they still enjoy RV travel, but are taking shorter trips that use up less gas. "Rather than driving halfway across the country, they're finding things to do here."

Roth said the shorter vacation trips for motorists could make for a nice "flip side" for Wisconsin tourism, if people stay closer to home to save on gas and spend their money here.
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