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As we prepare to relegate the tumultuous year 2021 to history, we confront a sobering question: Is our RV lifestyle doomed? Is it sustainable? Is there hope for an RV future? Since the Westward Migration that began in the colonial period and lasted well into the 20th century, America has been a nation on the move. Pioneers left the eastern coast and eventually spread the population all the way to the Pacific shores 3,000 miles west. We have never quit the trail, the road, or the interstate highway. As technology and affluence matured, we created a lifestyle and an entire industry out of road travel – first automobiles and trucks, and then motor vehicles in which we could live. Though we generically refer to the industry and lifestyle as built upon “recreational vehicles,” or RVs, there is much more involved than recreation. More than one million people live full-time in RVs. More than 11 percent of U.S. households – 9 million – own an RV. As many of us built our style of living around spending as much time as possible on the road, multiple public policy issues arose. For instance, the availability of adequate dedicated campground space has not kept pace with demand. RV parking on public lands, i.e., dispersed camping, has triggered controversy. Staying overnight in the parking lots of commercial businesses like Walmart and Cabela’s, etc., has been curtailed due to overuse – and abuse. Local governments are now increasingly seeking to regulate the RV owner’s […]