Wednesday, November 11, 2009
The outdoor lifestyle is proving popular during the economic downturn, according to an article in the Financial Times.
"We have lots of RV parks where occupancy rates are up 13 to 14 per cent on last year," said Cheryl Smith, of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, which represents more than 3,700 sites across the US. “People might not be able to afford to fly or stay in hotels but they’re all remembering that RV in the backyard, dusting it down and taking to the road.”
The article says that in our high-tech age of multiple distractions, families sometimes need to turn to a second home, often on wheels, in order to reconnect with each other.
The classic lines of the 1960s Airstream trailer are in hot demand. Celebrities with Airstreams include Tom Hanks, Andy Garcia, Sean Penn, Sandra Bullock, David Duchovny, Brad Pitt, Matthew McConaughey and director Tim Burton. And Pamela Anderson added a stripper pole, ceiling mirrors and shag pile carpeting to hers.
The article also says that a lot of baby boomers are taking to the open road. "France, Spain, Italy and Portugal are the most popular destinations but a lot are also now heading to Scandinavia and Holland and even Australia and New Zealand, where they will rent motorhomes.”
Video: Airstream production and performance, with footage of founder Wally Byam
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