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RV Puts Family in Fastlane

Category: RV News
Source: New York Daily News
Publish Date: Monday, July 9, 2007
Summary: RVing has become a lifestyle for a family of four

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BY CLARE TRAPASSO
Monday, July 9th 2007, 4:00 AM

Travel writer Brad Herzog, 38, and wife Amy, 37, a freelance photographer, first took to the open road 12 years ago in the comfort of their recreation vehicle.

Two children and nine trips later, the travel junkies are still at it.

Last month, the couple and their boys (Luke, 6, and Jesse, 5) embarked on a 50-day RV trip through the Northwest U.S. - including stops in Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Washington and Wyoming - sponsored by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).

The homes-on-wheels, traditionally associated with families and seniors, are becoming increasingly popular. About 8 million U.S. households, with an average income of $68,000, now own RVs.

And although the average age of an RV owner is 49, the fastest-growing buyers are between the ages of 18-34, according to a recent University of Michigan study of RV consumers.

"RVs are about freedom and flexibility," says RV historian David Woodworth, 67, of Fish Camp, Calif.

"The biggest advantage is you can stop wherever you are and always be at home."

The Daily News recently caught up to Brad Herzog in Grand Teton Park, Wyo., as the family was about to go rafting on the Snake River.

Describe your trip.

We're driving a 38-foot Winnebago Adventurer. It has two televisions, two DVD players, a shower with hot water, a microwave convection oven and a four-door refrigerator/freezer. And when you park, you can push a couple of buttons and the width of the RV expands about 3 feet on each side. It's the adventure of the open road, but with the comforts of home.

I do the driving, and my wife is the map reader. We generally [drive] two to three hours every other day. The rest of the time, we're exploring wherever we are.

How did you become an RV road-trip junkie?

Twelve years ago, Amy and I were living in Chicago. We had just gotten married and wanted to sample life's options before settling down. We bought a 34-foot, brand-new Winnebago. We had never set foot in an RV, but we figured we would do it in style. We were gone for over 10 months and went through 48 states. We had the greatest year of our lives. I wrote my first travel memoir, "States of Mind," about that journey.

What's it like traveling the country with two young children?

Even though we feel like we've seen so much of America, when you see it through a child's eyes, it's brand-new all over again. You get a different sense of wonder. I can't imagine traveling with kids going from hotel to hotel.

The great thing about the RV is that we travel to all of these places, but the kids still sleep in the same bed every night. We have room for all of their toys, DVDs and stuffed animals.

What's the best part of traveling by RV?

It's a cliché, but it's the ultimate quality family time. There's literally a new adventure around every corner. If you're flying from place to place, you're going from Point A to Point B, but you're missing all the good stuff in between. In an RV, you can experience America rather than just pass through it."

What's the worst part?

It has to end.


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