The RV lifestyle is all about family togetherness, healthy relaxation, easy convenience and old-fashioned fun. It’s those all-American values that prompted Barack Obama to tell MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough in an interview last August, “As soon as this convention is over we are loading up our kids in an RV. We are traveling around to county fairs, eating ice cream and taking our two girls to the swimming pool.”
It’s that feeling of living life in the moment and to the fullest, the freedom to go where you want when you want that makes the RV lifestyle so appealing. From the ordinary folks in your neighborhood to Grammy winners, sports stars and Hollywood’s elite, more people are embracing the RV lifestyle.
RVing puts you in the driver’s seat. You can pick up and head out whenever the spirit moves you. No packing, no luggage restrictions, no airline schedules to deal with, no lugging stuff to and from hotel rooms — everything you need is right there in your RV. “With RVs you have all the conveniences of a first class hotel right behind the driver’s seat,” wrote Managing Editor Mark Orwoll in Travel & Leisure Magazine. “You don’t have to make reservations. You just say, ‘let’s hop in the RV and go!’”
That’s the appeal for singer Dolly Parton and husband Carl, avid RVers. Dolly told RV View, “I’ve practically spent my entire life on a bus or an RV. It’s private, fun and besides, I haul around a bunch of stuff! If I had to carry all of this junk to a hotel room, it would be time to check out before I even checked in!”
Race car driver Mike Andretti echoed the thoughts of many celebrities who spend months on the road, “It gets old sleeping in hotel rooms every weekend,” he said on The Travel Chanel’s Ultimate Travel. “RVing makes things a lot more comfortable.”
RVing allows you to serve up your favorite foods or stick to a healthy diet, a benefit that appeals to marathon runner Dean Karnazes. “It’s great for family bonding and eating healthy on the road because you can prepare your own foods,” he told the Family Motor Coach Association. Carrying your kitchen with you is not only healthier but cheaper than eating in restaurants — and the kitchen never closes. A late-night snack is just steps away when you travel in a RV.
But it’s the ability to travel with and stay connected to your family that brings RVers the greatest pleasure. “RVing changed our family for the better,” actor John Ratzenberger confided at the 2004 RVIA awards ceremony. “Instead of playing video games my son was out learning new things in the RV.” Actor Will Smith agrees. “Education isn’t just school. Let your kids do stuff and go places and see things,” he urged on The Late Show with David Letterman.
“Stay at the RV park. Meet the neighbors. Have a barbeque,” actor Matthew McConaughey, winner of RVIA’s 2008 Spirit of America Award, said on Live with Regis and Kelly. “We met some interesting characters; some great people. It’s a great way to see the country.”