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America - the RV country
There's no doubt about it: RVing is more popular than ever in the US:
A University of Michigan study commissioned by RVIA in 2001 came to the result that every 12th household now owns a RV, that makes about 7.2 million ones. RVIA estimates that the entire market is made up of about 30 million RV enthusiasts.
RV stands for "Recreation vehicle" and that indicates what that is all about. Relaxing, recreation, family or alone, independence, freedom, nature...
No wonder, because the freedom on wheels reaches deep into the country - RV's allow the freedom to at the most beautiful places, among them lakes, coastlines, mountains and many  hidden places with a beautiful scenery as well as the well-known spots near touristy attractions across the country.
With more than 16,000 public and privately owned campgrounds nationwide, RVers are free to roam America's highways and backroads for a weekend or months at a time. 
Many times 'everything' starts with a RV rental - just to try what other people seem to like so much about this way of vacation. And for potential buyers it's ideal to find out what type and size of RV is the perfect fit.
RVIA offers on its website many information around RV's - both for First-Timers as well as seasoned RVers. 
More than 400 rental stations including the many outlets of the big national chains can be found across the country. Those who toy with the idea to rent such a fun vehicle can expect rental rates between $50 and $170 per day for a motorhome, of course do these rate examples depend on season, dealership, equipment and more.  
Categorizing RV's:
There exist 2 major categories
  • Motorhomes

  • Towables
    towed behind the family car, van or pickup. Types are 
    folding camping trailers, truck campers, conventional travel trailers and fifth-wheel travel trailers




Motorhomes are further subdivided into 3 types of RV's:
  • Type A
    the "King Size" RV's, 
    usually between 21 and 40 ft (6.40 - 12.19 m)
    sleeps more than 10 people

  • Type B
    the smallest ones, also called van campers, mostly 16-21 ft (4.87 - 6.40 m)
    good for up to 4 people

  • Type C 
    usually sizes between A and B
    mostly 20-28 ft (6.09 - 8.53 m)

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Source: photos: RV Industry Association
Last modified: 20040801
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