For many Americans, camping is just as enjoyable a national pastime as any competitive sport. The United States offers so many beautiful places and wide open spaces, it?s hard to resist the call of the road and the pull of nature. Almost 40 million Americans go camping every year. In 2013, the revenue of campgrounds and RV parks was approximately $5 billion. While this number fluctuates regularly, the bottom line is that millions of people spend a good deal of money on outdoor activities involving camping, whether in tents, cabins, or recreational vehicles.
According to a 2014 survey, traveling by RV for a vacation can save 23 to 59 percent on vacation costs for a family of four. Aside from the financial considerations, though, there are other reasons that people choose a recreational camper. Traveling by RV provides a wider range of amenities for the needs of all family members, especially in large families, and can sometimes make the difference in the ability of older family members to participate in a trip. Cushioned seating and temperature control make the trip more comfortable. RVs save time on the road, because restroom and cooking facilities are included. In some places, staying in an RV provides extra safety from local wildlife. Apparently, approximately 11 percent of U.S. households headed by 35-to-54-year-olds agree, since, they own an RV, exceeding the 9.3 percent ownership rates of older campers. No matter the reasons, there are over 16,000 public and privately owned campgrounds nationwide, and an RV makes it easy to visit them.
There are two main categories of RVs: motorhomes (motorized) and towables (towed behind the primary vehicle). Class A, B, and C motorhomes are categorized by size and weight, and offer a variety of amenities and features in a self-contained, drivable vehicle. Towable types include pop-up, fifth wheel, truck camper, and travel trailer styles.
Just as passenger cars and motorcycles are made by different manufacturers with their own known strengths, weaknesses, and specialties, so are recreational vehicles. One of the most popular and easily recognizable RVs is the Airstream.
The Airstream company, started in the 1930s, creates luxury recreational vehicles and trailers known for their rounded shape and reflective silver bodies. Uniquely noticeable and very special to their owners, Airstreams can be found gathered together in any of the Airstream campsites across America. Airstream owners have been traveling together since the early 1950s, when the company founder would lead groups of travelers on tours, where they garnered attention for their remarkable appearance.
Over half a century later, Airstreams are still manufactured, with new Airstream trailer models and features. One popular model is the Interstate, and finding an airstream interstate for sale is a lucky event. In collaboration with Mercedes, the Airstream Interstate is luxurious, spacious, and stacked with amenities. There are multiple floor plans, so if you?re interested in an Airstream Interstate for sale be sure to establish whether it has a pair of twin beds or a power sofa.
With a gas-powered generator, water tank, and more, it?s energy-saving and efficient, and has plenty of storage. The Airstream Interstate Grand Tour EXT is an excellent Class B motorhome; it truly feels like a comfortable home, even when its parked at a secluded location. While a new Airstream Interstate for sale can be pricey, it?s well worth the investment for the quality and comfort, and don?t forget to look into used camper trailers and used motorhomes for sale. In fact many times a used RV store has deals on quality used Airstreams, although, quite frankly, people who have them are so happy with them that they rarely give them up.