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The Tin-Can Tourist
In 1937, Mannie Davis and George Gordon directed "The Tin-Can Tourist" depicted two characters hauling a gadget-filled trailer to a tin-can camp.  With a pull of a switch, out comes a stove.  One side of the trailer doubles as the make-shift yard while the automatic lawn mower springs into action without any human touch. 

After WW2, the U.S. found a deficit in housing for GIs returning home.  The home building industry was significantly slow in development due to scarce of materials.  But innovators such as Wally Byam found a shelter option creating a demand for the riveted aluminum travel trailer.  His idea began as a tent atop a Model T Ford chassis, an ice chest, and a kerosene stove. After several trials, the idea blossomed into an article, "How to Build a Trailer for One Hundred Dollars", and his successful concept continues today known as the Airstream travel trailer.
Many a traveling salesman found the automobile as home away from home.  Cramp quarters, sleepless nights, and unsanitary conditions called for the rise of the travel trailer.  As the tourist industry boomed, the idea for a light-weight home that could be hauled by an automobile grew in demand.  Tourists toting their aluminum homes to campsites usually ate meals out of the tin-can.  They were referred to as tin-can tourists. 

The evolution of the RV industry has produced sophisticated luxury motor coaches unlike the RV of yesteryear.  From full king size beds and walk-in closets, laundry rooms with full washer and dryer connections and mega screen pull out televisions, the RVer can feel the comforts of home for those far away or over-night trips.  
For any traveling enthusiast, RV lodging is quite impressive. RV parks have taken on a new way of lodging.  Sophisticated RV resorts come with the amenities a hotel offers and then some.  Wi-Fi, cable, laundry and concierge services, family entertainment, swimming pools, pet accommodations, spas, fine dining and full-service RV stations. Many are located within proximity of prime vacation spots such as beaches, casinos, and major attractions.

What Type of RV is Fit for YOUR Family?

Industry and market: The hotel industry has experienced a decline in sales due to RV competition.  Families find it better to travel and lodge with unlimited number of persons and especially to accommodate pets.  Pets are family members, too, and the hotel industry will need to evolve to accommodate pet needs if they want to remain competitive. 
Wherever you want to go, there is an RV fit for your needs.  No longer is the RV industry catered to just retired snow-birds.  Meet the new markets:

  • Tail-gating.
  • Hunters/Sportsman.
  • Young families.
  • Hispanic families.
  • Field workers.

Recreational Vehicles:

Class A Motorhome.  This vehicle is the larger conventional motorhome and can exceed up to 40 feet in length.  Usually comes with pull-out features and includes large capacity for storage, larger space in living area and can sleep up to 8-10 persons. Well equipped with home-like amenities and can tow smaller vehicles.  Cost can range from $60,000 to $500,000 depending on the features.

Class B Motorhome.  Usually referred to as the van camper; easy to drive and maneuver. Includes home amenities but in a compact form and cost range from $60,000-$120,000.  Length is usually 16-22 ft and can sleep up to 4 persons.

Class C Motorhome.  Because this motorhome can range from 21-35 ft in length, is usually ideal for families wanting a lower cost vehicle with home amenities much like the A Class; can sleep up to 8 persons.  The smaller the size, the easier maneuverability.  Cost can range from $40,000 and go as high as $200,000.

Conventional Travel Trailer. A great towable trailer, depending on the length, can be towed by a mid-size vehicle; detaches from the tow vehicle.  Ideal for families wanting to drive out from the RV park/resort.  Includes home amenities and can include slide-outs for added space; can sleep up to 10 persons. Sizes are from 12-35 ft and cost can start at an affordable $11,000 and depending on the added features, can increase to $95,000. 

5th Wheel Travel Trailer.  Is towed by a pickup truck with a 5th wheel hitch and includes similar amenities as the conventional travel trailer. Is detachable from the tow vehicle just like the conventional.  Size is 21 ft - 40 ft; cost range is $18,000 to $160,000; and can sleep up to 6 persons.  

Folding Camping Trailer.  Also known as the pop-up.  Is light weight and towable by smaller vehicles depending on the length/weight. Can easily fold away and includes compact home amenities.  Camp ground enthusiast will enjoy camping in the summer/winter because these folding trailers can include a/c and heat capacity. Sleeps up to 8 persons and size can range from 8-24 ft.  Cost is usually $6,000-$22,000.

Truck Camper.  Have come a long way from just a simple cover over the truck bed.  Now includes compact facilities for kitchen, toilet, shower, and storage. Slide-outs for added space and can sleep up to 6 persons.  Sizes: 8-20 ft. Cost range from $6,000 to $55,000.  

Benefits of owning an RV:

  • No more expensive hotel costs. 
  • Cleanliness.
  • Comfort and safety.
  • Accessible bathroom.
  • No limitations of who and what you can take with you.
  • Save on food expense.
  • Pets can come along.
  • No airport/airline hassles.
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