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Savvy Senior: RV travel tips for beginners

Jim Miller: Ready to hit the road in an RV? Jim Miller gives seniors advice.
BY Jim Miller For The Oklahoman Modified: October 29, 2013 at 12:27 pm •  Published: October 28, 2013
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Dear Savvy Senior,

Can you write a column on RV travel for beginners? My husband and I will be retiring in a few years and have always thought it would be fun to spend some of our time traveling around the country in an RV. What can you tell us?

Ready to Retire

Dear Ready,

The affordability, combined with the comfort, convenience and personal freedom it offers has made recreational vehicle (RV) travel immensely popular among retirees over the past decade.

According to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association, there are approximately 35 million RV enthusiasts in the U.S., including a growing number of baby boomers.

Some of the reasons RVing has become so popular is because of the freedom and flexibility it offers to come and go as you please. If you like where you're at, you can stay put. Or, if your feet get itchy you pack up and move on.

Another popular aspect among retirees is following the seasons. Snowbirds, for example, like to travel south for the winter, while southerners migrate north during the hot summer months.

RVing is also a very affordable way to go. Even considering ownership or rental costs, RV travel is cheaper than traveling by car, plane or train — especially when you factor in lodging and restaurant costs.

RV options

Most people, when they think of RVs, think of huge motor homes, but RVs run the gamut from folding camping trailers and truck campers, to travel trailers and large motorized RVs.

Cost, too, will range from as little as $4,000 for pop-up campers all the way up to $1.5 million for luxurious motor homes. To learn more about RV options, check out gorving.com, a resource created by the RV travel industry that breaks down all the different types of RVs available today, along with various videos and other RV information.

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