Holiday RV Travel | VideoAmy Fox | 12/25/2012
The Griswalds were packed in their station wagon, but this Christmas, there`s something a little bit more in style to get you to Grandma`s house.
"It`s a great family getaway. I mean if you`re out in an RV and you`re going to the lake or whatever you might vacation or whatever. You`re together and I think as far as a family and I think that`s what a lot of people look at," said RV salesman Wayne Johnson.
A new survey found that 25 percent of Americans will be hitting the roadways this holiday season in an RV. With modern accommodations like a gourmet kitchen or even a home entertainment center, RVs are starting to feel more like your home away from home. And with a fireplace, that may even entice Santa to make a visit.
"People that you know first start looking at them and they`re awe of how nice they are and how homey they are," Johnson said.
According to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association, for three consecutive years, RV sales are growing throughout the country and Minot is no exception.
"A lot of people head south for the winter whether it be in a fifth wheel, a motor home, and they`re going to spend 3-4 months down south and live in it," Johnson said.
It`s a trend Johnson says will continue into the new year.
"Our area gets one of the busiest times after Christmas when they`re moving in RVs," he said. "We probably have our biggest influx after the first of the year, that`s when our shows and stuff start."
As these homes on wheels continue to improve, so does the gas mileage.
"It gets unleaded in most of them and most of them have the diesel pushers and they`re typically a little better on fuel mileage," Johnson said.
While how you get to Grandma`s has changed over the years, the goal is still the same: to have an old fashioned Christmas.