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Studies say RVs cheaper than airfare and hotels

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With gas prices dropping, you might want to ditch those plane tickets for the open road.

"We've been very fortunate... We're very busy. Lots of people are traveling, and once you get on the road and get going... It's a very inexpensive way to go." -says Collier RV Super Center Sales Manager John Slick.

The Super Center in Rockford saw a lot of travelers checking out RVs this holiday week. Thanks to low fuel prices, campgrounds and RV parks are jam-packed with people.

"It's more fun. We like going to RV parks, meeting different people, and sitting around a campfire." -says Collier RV customer Gerald Sill.

Studies found on Recreational Vehicle Industry Association's web site, www.rvia.org, say over 60% of RV owners will use theirs more this summer than last. One shopper believes this is due to the money saved when you leave typical travel expenses behind.

"By the time you pay for a hotel and airfare, RV-ing is a lot cheaper, and a lot better." -says Collier RV customer Mary Cline.

Another study on the web site found a family of four saves around 20 to 60% when they use an RV, and that's after factoring in purchase price, maintenance costs, and the possible chance of rising prices at the pump. Despite all the savings, Slick says RV traveling brings a closeness and a connection that you just can't put a price on.

"It really tightens the family bond, everyone is in the RV together, the young children are there, the parents are involved, they can bring a friend along."

If you've got a big summer trip planned and think an RV might be a good fit, you can check out www.GoRVing.com for more information.

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