In a recent article, SmartMoney’s Catey Hill takes a look into the increasing trend of mobile retirementand luxury RV’s. For those of us who livein Tuscaloosa, it's easy to see on Saturdays in the Fall that many people are not putting around in the lowley Winnebego of the 1970's or pulling a pop-up camper behind the family station wagon. Instead, many people are rolling into town in giant, "Class A" motor homes. These large, bus-sized luxery models provide more amenities than most hotels (hardwood floors, brushed steel appliances, flat-screen TV’s, etc.) In fact, a new oxymoronic term, "glamping," has been coined to describe the experiance (i.e., "glamorous camping").
The SmartMoney article briefly examines the RV market, citing increased sales in Class A gas motor homes. Manu industry analysts are explaining it by looking to the recently retiring generations who have both the resources and inclination to live in a truly "mobile" home (after all, they are the generation that grew up with “On The Road.”)
Indeed, the median age for RV owners is 54. With all of the football fans in the South, perhaps this can be the excuse you've been looking for to buy that RV you've been eyeballing.