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MORE MILES, MORE SMILES: RV OWNERS REVEAL BIG PLANS FOR SUMMER IN NATIONAL SURVEY

 RESTON, Va., April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The summer of '93 should be a banner season for recreation vehicle (RV) travel, as three of four owners plan to use their RV's more this summer than last.
 Recreation Vehicle Industry Association, Reston, recently surveyed 2,000 RVers nationwide about their travel plans and preferences. In addition to the 76 percent of respondents who plan to travel more often, almost 90 percent will travel more miles -- 4,118 on average. One-third postponed trips last year and "want to make up for it."
 Their destination? A cross-country tour and Orlando/Disney World topped the list. Close behind: Florida's panhandle; Branson, Mo.; and the Great Smoky Mountains. Also mentioned: Grand Canyon; Rocky Mountains; and Pennsylvania Dutch country.
 Orlando edged Myrtle Beach, S.C., for "Most RV-friendly City." Tennessee earned two top-five spots; Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge was third and Nashville tied Branson for fourth. Flagstaff, Ariz., and Las Vegas also attracted support.
 The Sunshine State dominated the category, "Prettiest Sunset Seen While RV Traveling." The Florida Keys placed first, followed by the state's Gulf beaches. The Grand Canyon and Oregon's southern coast were the only non-Florida locations among the top six.
 At mealtime, 22 percent of RVers hunger for a grilled steak. Another American classic, hamburgers, outpolled hotdogs 3 to 1, earning 15 percent of the vote. Barbecued chicken was third, ahead of fire- baked corn and potatoes, fresh fish and barbecued ribs.
 One in five RVers named "growing closer together" and "improving communications" the greatest benefits of family camping. Many think that youngsters, too, should escape "the normal, daily fast-paced grind." One father declared, "Taking the kids is what camping is all about."
 Nearly half of the respondents camped as children; 96 percent of those think it has paid dividends, such as helping to instill character traits like leadership, responsibility and resourcefulness. Other childhood campers feel a duty to preserve nature for future campers.
 Finally, participants were invited to describe their "ultimate fantasy RV vacation." One in five chose a trip to Alaska, while 16 percent dream of cross-country trips. Disney World was third, followed by the Grand Canyon, and, in a three way tie, Yellowstone National Park, the Rocky Mountains and the Grand Tetons.
 The survey was the first of what will be a frequent poll of RVers. "We already gather data about the vehicles; now we want information about RV owners," said RVIA President David J. Humphreys. "This industry has a human side and, to stay attuned to it, we need to listen to the people who use the vehicles."
 Would-be RV vacationers can call 800-47-SUNNY, toll-free, or write: Go Camping America, P.O. Box 2669, Dept. 23, Reston, Va. 22090. They'll receive a brochure full of trip-planning information, plus a coupon for a free night's camping at participating locations.
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 /NOTE: For an executive summary of the RVIA survey, contact RVIA's P.R. Department: 703-620-6003./
 /CONTACT: Tim Hegarty of Barton-Gilanelli & Associates, 215-592-8601, for Recreation Vehicle Industry Association/


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