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START YOUR ENGINES, RV OWNERS -- MEMORIAL DAY BEGINS A BIG SUMMER TRAVEL SEASON

 RESTON, Va., May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The famous cry at the Indianapolis 500, "Gentlemen, start your engines," is also the unofficial signal to America's 25 million recreation vehicle travelers (RVers) that the summer travel season has begun. Summer 1993 promises to be a banner season for RV travel, according to a recent survey, and May 31 will find many RVers getting an early start.
 Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), Reston, surveyed 2,000 RV owners nationwide about travel plans and preferences. Nearly half (43 percent) plan RV vacations over the Memorial Day holiday; their trips will average 9 days and nearly 800 miles round trip. Asked their intended destinations, respondents named locations from coast to coast, but local state parks were the clear favorite. One in 10 want to stay close to home and, in one RVer's words, "just relax, free of the distractions and stresses of everyday life."
 After state parks, popular choices included Washington, D.C., the California coast, Hershey and Gettysburg, Pa., Michigan's upper peninsula and the Florida Keys. Two carefree RVers offered responses that reflect the freedom of RV travel. One plans to go "wherever the wind blows"; and another, "wherever the spirit, time and money allow." According to the survey, states that will welcome large number of RV travelers this Memorial Day are (in order of preference): Pennsylvania; Florida; California; Missouri; Indiana; and Texas.
 Of RV owners traveling on Memorial Day, 18 percent will visit war memorials or military monuments to honor those who served. Again, local sites were the preferred destinations, other points of interest named include Gettysburg; the Vietnam War Memorial, Washington; and Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. One Floridian, a fifth-generation grandson of a Civil War captain, plans a pilgrimage to Soldier's Monument in Guilford, Conn., to memorialize his ancestor.
 Overall, three of four RV owners responding to the survey reported that they will travel more this summer than last. This increase mirrors the upswing that the industry has experienced, beginning late in 1991 and continuing through March of this year. Deliveries to retailers of recreation vehicles in 1992 were 30 percent higher than in 1991, and first-quarter figures for 1993 were another 6 percent better than in the same period last year.
 Would-be RV vacationers who would like help getting started can call 800-47-SUNNY, toll-free, or write: Go Camping America, P.O. Box 2669, Dept. 23, Reston, Va. 22090. They will receive a 16-page guide full of RV, campground and trip-planning information, plus a coupon good for a free night's camping at one of over 600 participating locations.
 RVIA is the national association representing more than 475 RV manufacturers and component parts suppliers who together produce 95 percent of all RVs manufactured in the United States.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: For an executive summary of RVIA's Summer 1993 travel survey, contact the RVIA Public Relations Department at 703-620-6003./
 /CONTACT: Tim Hegarty of Barton-Gilanelli & Associates, 215-592-8601, for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association/


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