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Recent research shows nearly nine million American households own recreational vehicles. Could the RV lifestyle be right for you? Let's find out.

When it comes to RVs, the motor home is the ‘king of the highway.' Our auto expert, Steve Strope, interviews Shannon Nill, the President of Guaranty RV Super Centers in Eugene, Oregon.

STEVE: How could this be an inexpensive family vacation with the price of gas right now?

SHANNON: When you add up the cost of hotels, rental cars, dining out, expenses that are tacked on like tips and things...with an RV vacation, you've bought that food at your favorite grocery store, you're cooking yourself, you're avoiding a lot of extra expenses.

STEVE: With an RV, you've got what? Just gas, rental, and your food.

SHANNON: That's it.

STEVE: I know there's three classes of RV...there's A, B and C.

SHANNON: There's the Class A motor home. Most of them have slide-outs so your living space grows. Then there's the Class B, which is a touring van that's also got facilities in for your bathroom and shower. Then Class C with the van front-end and they usually have bunk-beds, queen bed and you can sleep up to eight people. That's the one most families start with.

STEVE: What would be some of the biggest misconceptions people make when getting into RVing?

SHANNON: There's a lot to an RV. You're in a land yacht, but you have all the same responsibilities of a captain on a boat. There's quite a few high-tech features and they're simple to operate once you've learned how.

STEVE: So what are some of the really great aspects of RVing?

SHANNON: If a family loves outdoor adventure, connecting with nature is probably the number one strong suit of RVing. Places looking out over the ocean, the state parks, the national parks, there is a ton of adventure to see. And you're learning things about wildlife.

So if you think you're ready to go RV-ing, Steve's advice is to do some research first. Go online, or even better talk to others who have actually gone RVing and ask them about their experiences -- both good and bad!

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