DOTHAN, Ala. — When Nick Fears retired from Farley Nuclear Plant 15 years ago, he and his wife Melba decided it was time to hit the road. Rather than rely on airlines and hotels for their vacation travel, they decided to purchase an RV and embrace the camping lifestyle.
Three motorhomes and 41 states later, the Fears are still going strong, regularly traveling in their RV and taking their grandchildren along with them.
According to the RVIA, RV ownership is on the rise. The number of RV-owning households in the U.S. is around 8.9 million, up from 7.9 million a decade ago. About 8.5 percent of households in the U.S. now own RVs. Retirees make up a big chunk of RV buyers. Ray O’Keefe, a salesman at Runaway RV in Dothan, said retirees make up 35 to 40 percent of his customer base.
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