via Trevor Hughes (USA Today)

Vacationers are plunking down thousands of dollars a week to sleep in tents or RVs at luxury “glamping” resorts featuring massive televisions, private docks and farm-to-table dinners, with concierges ready with fishing guides or to rustle up cowboys for horseback rides.

It’s all part of the newest trend to target both retiring Baby Boomers and Millennials looking for active adventures in which not a single moment is wasted in a boring hotel room, and where Mother Nature takes top billing. Today, when even the most casual of travelers expect to find comfy beds and clean showers wherever they choose to sleep, experts say there’s a demand for experiences that go above and beyond.

Of course, you need an RV to go RVing, and RV sales are booming: The RV industry is on track to have its best year ever in 2017 as retiring Baby Boomers seek out adventures on the open road and younger generations seek to squeeze every dollar’s worth of pleasure out of their limited budgets. This year, dealers expect to sell new 472,200 RVs, a nearly 10% increase from last year, and they’re expecting even bigger sales for 2018. Low interest rates and gas prices have helped boost the RV industry, and now nearly 9 million American households own a camper.

 

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by: Peter Valdes-Dapena (Money.CNN.com)

In the ultra-modern age of virtual reality, online shopping and hot yoga, the old-school pastime of RV touring just happens to be booming.

Sales of recreational vehicles are at genuinely never-before-seen record levels. And buyers are getting younger. The RV category includes both motorhomes and trailers of all sizes.

Last year, 430,000 recreational vehicles of all kinds were sold, according to the RV Industry Association, an increase of 15% over the year before. And sales have been rising year after year following a one-year decline in 2009, during the financial crisis.

Some of that has to do with low gas prices and easy credit.

But ironically, the flood of new technology — smart phones, 4G data connections and so forth — has also helped drive the trend. It’s made driving around the country for weeks at a time a much less daunting prospect.

And now the people who grew up with technology are now reaching RV-buying age. More than half of RV buyers are under the age 45, according the RV Industry Association.

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Oregon’s Beach Bill Turns 50

July 7, 2017

Why Oregon’s Beaches Are Open to Everyone via Jen Anderson (Travel Oregon) Tad McCall was a young man when his father, former Oregon Governor Tom McCall, swooped onto Cannon Beach by helicopter to lobby for the Oregon Beach Bill on May 13, 1967. Tad McCall didn’t know then that his father would change the course […]

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Florence – Oregon’s Coastal Playground

June 27, 2017

courtesy of Florence Area Chamber of Commerce With nearly 1,000 RV sites of all variety in diverse locations—in-town, and at nearby beach, dune, forest, river, or lakeside campgrounds run by county, state, and federal agencies—the first step in planning your next epic vacation is easy. Now comes the hard part: choosing from all the big […]

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Thousand Trails in Oregon

June 19, 2017

Information and photos courtesy of Thousand Trails For nearly 50 years, Thousand Trails has been a leader in providing family-oriented campgrounds situated in natural settings in popular vacation destinations. With more than 80 scenic locations in more than 22 states and British Columbia, our campgrounds cover plenty of ground in terms of choice. From the […]

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Spotlight – RV Sales of Oregon

June 12, 2017

Living proof that experience matters “Our mission is simple. We’ve helped hundreds of families and we’re very proud of what we do.” ~Gary Hoffman Perhaps the most valuable asset a potential RV buyer could ask for would be a dealership staffed by people with a lot of experience in the ever-changing world of recreational vehicles. […]

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Albany – Preserving the Past

June 6, 2017

courtesy of Albany Visitors Association Historic Albany is proud of its roots, vintage architecture, and museums but it’s not “stuck in the past.” Known for having one of the largest collections of historic buildings in the state, this collection includes styles from the 1850s through the 1920s and is concentrated within an area of approximately […]

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Oregon State Parks

May 30, 2017

The network of state parks in Oregon is certainly one of the finest in the nation, and perhaps the most scenic and diverse. They stretch from the eastern high deserts through the Cascades and Coast ranges and down to the beaches in the west. They range in size and amenities from large, full-service parks with […]

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On The Road With Pets

May 23, 2017

information courtesy of Jan Bradfeldt (photos courtesy of RVIA) Jan Bradfeldt, co-owner of Snowcreek Shorthairs and owner of Oregon Urban Dog, has bred and raised shorthairs for 38 years, producing two National Specialty winners, multiple Best in Show dogs, International Champions, Master Hunters, and Obedience-titled dogs. Her kennel is best known for producing dogs with […]

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Solar Eclipse 2017

May 18, 2017

written by Rob Lafferty  /  photos and graphics courtesy of NASA If you’ve been on another planet for the past year, you might not know there’s a total solar eclipse coming to the Great Northwest this summer on August 21. A great many people have heard, however – and by the time you read this, […]

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