Friday, June 01, 2007

Fans of RV-ing enjoy freedom to travel without really roughing it

Just before brothers Ben and Zack Mirageas of Newburyport took off for their family’s annual Memorial Day weekend RV trip, all they could think about was enjoying great breakfasts at the Rochester, N.H., park.

While Ben, 8, hoped for scrambled eggs, Zack, 9, wanted his eggs real runny. An egg, sausage and cheese sandwich would also be a tasty option, the boys agreed.

But the Mirageases’ favorite rituals while on the road in their grandparents’ recreational vehicle, a 32-foot motor home, don’t solely revolve around food. Ben also looked forward to swimming in the park’s pool, while Zack couldn’t wait for a day of kayaking followed by an evening game of charades with their regular RV-ing gang: their parents, Jim and Hillary; their grandparents, Dick and Kathy Hordon of Newburyport; their aunt and uncle, Rich and Kim Hordon; their cousins, Riley and Richie, also of Newburyport; and family friends Lester and Nancy Sinton of Merrimac.

“We have been doing it since our children were very young,” said Kathy Hordon, 62. “They want to pass the love of RV-ing and the tradition on to their children.”

The Mirageas, Hordon and Sinton families are a part of a camping subculture that delights as many as 30 million Americans. Roughly 8.2 million recreational vehicles are on the country’s highways and byways.

And who’s on the road in RVs and why may surprise you.
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