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Outside Online: The motorhome renaissance is here

From the bloggers at Outside Online.

Nine years ago, Chris Dunphy traded his long Silicon Valley commute for a different life on the road: He bought a 16-foot teardrop trailer, hit the highway, and hasn’t looked back since. Today, he and his partner, Cheri Ve Ard, a software developer from Florida whom he met eight years ago, crisscross the country in a 35-foot motorhome that includes a dual desk area, where they run their software and tech company.

Dunphy and Ve Ard are among a growing number of Gen Xers, Gen Yers, and Millennials who are foregoing home ownership, realigning careers, and in some cases homeschooling kids while traveling in the slow lane. Most mobile home owners don’t live in their vehicles full-time, but they are contributing to a trend that’s seeing motorhome sales rebound nearly to where they were before the Great Recession put the brakes on the industry beginning in 2007.

According to Michigan-based Statistical Surveys, motorhome retail registrations in 2014 increased 16.4 percent over the previous year, while registrations of towable trailers increased by 10.3 percent. Demand for the iconic Airstream trailer is so high, for instance, that last fall the company announced it was expanding its Ohio production facility by 70 percent just to keep up with demand.

To read the full story by Outside Online, click here.

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