If you need any more convincing that comfortable camping is back in vogue, consider this: the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) — the trade group that, among other things, works to promote the RV industry nationally through its public relations efforts and its Go RVing campaign — estimates that more than 400,000 RVs were shipped to dealers by the end of 2016.

That’s a number that hasn’t been seen since RVIA began reporting on wholesale shipments in 1978.
Granted, the majority of RVs are towable units, but motorized models continue to grow in popularity among outdoor enthusiasts — particularly Class B and Class B-plus motorhomes. In fact, while Elkhart, Indiana-based Thor Motor Coach (TMC) has branded its Class B-plus Gemini and Compass and even its 25- to 27-foot Class A Axis and Vegas lines as recreational utility vehicles (RUVs), the Class B segment as a whole is fast becoming a viable alternative to traditional sport utility vehicles.

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