Dispelling Common RV Myths


Recreational Vehicles and those who operate them, oftentimes attract a negative stigma by the confused, misinformed populace. While there is some truth to some of the rumors, for the most part, the clichs are often unfounded and based on ignorance and misunderstanding. Lets take a look at a number of these persistent myths and try and dispel some of these misguided accusations.

RVers live in mobile homes. RVers are not mobile home dwellers at least the way we see it. RV dwellers live in RVs, namely travel trailers, fifth wheels, motorhomes and so on. A mobile home, while mobile when getting transported to the site where it will remain, is not really that mobile. They are oversized loads that are not made to be on roads regularly and need to be transported by specialty towing companies from site to site. An RV is made to be driven often by the owner and is a highly mobile unit even in the largest sizes.

RVers are mostly seniors who congregate in parks and play shuffleboard. I actually suffered from this bias myself. Back in the 80s, it was true that most RVers especially fulltimers, were retired senior citizens. Today, the average age of the typical RV owner is dropping rapidly, and is predicted to be younger than 45 soon. Unlike the recent past, now you can found a much younger demographic among RV owners, like mobile professionals, computer programmers and many others, who hit the road fulltime, long before retirement age, preferring instead to work and travel while of working age.

All RVs are called Winnebagos. This rumor has persisted through time. You will often hear someone say, I see you bought a Winnebago, referring to any motorhome. A Winnebago is one of the many brands of RV on the road today, but thats the point. A Winnebago is a brand name of one of the many numerous brands of motorhome available to the consumer today.

RVers live ONLY in RV parks together. There are as many ways to enjoy and live the RV lifestyle, as there are people doing it. The younger RV crowd will be found living in the more primitive campgrounds recreating in the mountains, the oceans and other natural surroundings. Some own toy haulers and look for the greatest off-road activities to pursue. Still others love solitude and camp in the backwoods far from the crowds. Others love to find the best fishing they can find in any given area. And yes, there are many who love to frequent the many RV parks in this country, where they engage in line dancing, play shuffleboard and socialize!

RVs are polluting wasteful contraptions that should be banned. This persistent myth is one of the farthest from the truth. In actuality the average RVer, especially the fulltime crowd, is one of the most energy conservative groups of citizens out there. Though these big rigs do indeed use a lot of fuel getting from place to place, they are actually driven far less than the average commuting household, when adding up ALL the cars driven to and from various jobs, school and other normal destinations. Living fulltime in an RV is a low consumption lifestyle by design with the low water consuming toilets, showers, and smaller, energy efficient appliances. The average RVer uses a fraction of the overall resources of any set of house dwellers.

We hope that this brief overview has helped to dispel the common myths being held in modern society, and that you look at the RV crowd in a different light. Perhaps given some honest investigation you may end up joining them yourself.

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