Easy To Tow, With All The Comforts
by Bob Carter

According to word from the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), Lightweight travel trailers are becoming one of the RV industry's hottest trends. "We've found that families love lightweights," said Rich Allen, communications director, Coachmen Industries, Inc. "There's a growing demand for them, and we think they'll become even more popular over time."

Jayco, Incorporated's vice president of sales and marketing, Bill Prinz feels, "It's more than a passing fad. they are definitely here to stay."

Typically, lightweight towables are under 26 feet in length and weigh less than 4,000 pounds - light enough to be towed by most six-cylinder vehicles, according to RVIA. Most lightweight versions retain all the conveniences of traditional recreation vehicles - fully equipped kitchens and baths, queen-sized beds, central heat, and air conditioning. Some lightweights even include the popular slideout feature, which allows travelers to expand a room of the RV outward by as much as three feet at the touch of a button.

Lightweight RVs typically retail from about $8,000 to $14,000 and may be seen at many RV dealers around the country. To find a nearby dealer, check the yellow pages in a local directory.

A lively, free videotape for the first-time buyer and answering the most frequently asked questions about RVing, is available by calling 1-888-GO-RVing. More detailed information, including a free booklet on "Choosing and Using Your RV" and a directory of RV shows, publications, rental sources, and clubs can be obtained by writing RVIA, P.O. Box 2999, Dept. P, Reston, VA 20195.

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