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From the early days of this country, the desire to travel has been an important part of the American character. For years, RVs have been a part of that wanderlust, especially as roads have improved and more leisure time has become possible.

RVs have become more affordable and larger over the years. As advances in automotive technology have changed the automotive industry, so, too, has the RV industry been transformed.

Some skeptical travelers may be leery of jumping into RV travel. If you are an old movie buff, you may remember the 1954 movie starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz titled The Long, Long Trailer. This comedy follows a newlywed couple as they buy a 30-foot travel trailer and set off on a cross-country trip to their new home and his new job. Their misadventures make for a funny and entertaining movie, but they don't really show the true side of RV travel. In fact, this movie should be mandatory viewing for all RV travelers as a guide to what not to do in an RV.

In these days of long lines at airports due to increased security requirements, RV travel is becoming more appealing to those who prefer not to be tied down to any schedule other than their own. For the most part, you can come and go as you please and see parts of the United States and the rest of North America that few others will ever see. With an RV, you can get close to nature on the beach or in the mountains, or you can play tourist in the middle of the big city. There are few places you can't go in an RV.

Traveling in an RV is the perfect way to see the country and appreciate the beauty we are surrounded by. Rather than just flying over the Grand Canyon, you can spend your time seeing it up close and in person.

RV travel is also the perfect way to reconnect with your family. Families with children find that the hours they spend on the road are the perfect time to talk, something that is often overlooked in our stressful, busy lives. Single travelers find it a great way to see the country on their own terms and without a lot of pressure. Older families and empty nesters find RV travel a great way to fill the time that is freed up when children grow up and move away. It is also a great way to visit far-flung children without intruding too much on their space — after all, you're bringing your space with you.

RV travel is affordable for most, and an RV is available to fill almost any need and desire. Even in times of increased fuel costs, RV travel remains very affordable when you compare it to most other ways of traveling.

If you're still not sure RV travel is right for you, rent one for a weekend or a week and give it a trial run.

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