RV OWNERSHIP IS ON THE RISE

Ownership of towable recreational vehicles and motorized motorhomes has increased in recent years after hitting a record low during the Great Recession in 2009. NBC News reports that from 2009 to 2013, sales bounced back by a whopping 47 percent and further increases were expected to occur in 2014 and 2015.

These types of sales go hand in hand with the rebounding economy and with more people being exposed to the RV lifestyle. According to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association, owners aged 35 to 54 are the fastest growing demographic, and the average age of owners in 2011 was an all time low of 48.

Along with the increased number of RVs and motorhomes on the road comes an increased concern about their safety. While no statistics for accidents involving RVs compared to other types of vehicles are readily available, motorhomes and trailers can be hard to maneuver and often have very large blind spots. These types of vehicles can be as large as commercial trucks and buses but require no special permits or licenses to drive. In addition, 10 percent of owners are 55 and older. Drivers of that demographic are already likely to have issues that affect their driving, such as vision problems and delayed response times.

Regardless of age, RV drivers should take steps to ensure that their vehicles are properly maintained and their belongings are safely stored. Propane tanks should be inspected regularly and should be turned off while driving. With a little bit of extra caution, RVs can be a fun and cost effective way to travel.

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