If you thought the soaring price of fuel woud make recreational vehicles mechanical dinosaurs condemned to the motoring equivalent of the tar pits, think again.

“Business is absolutely booming, our rental business is surging,” says David Sammut, president of Motor Home Travel, based in Bolton, Ontario.

According to a report in the National Post, the motorhome dealer rents 80 RVs year-round and is pretty much booked for the summer months thanks to a steady influx of European tourists who want to enjoy the open North American roads and vistas that a motorhome vacation offers. That customer base is backed by a Canadian clientele that typically do not own a cottage but crave the summer outdoors experience whether it be driving northward in the summer or to warmer southern climes during the winter.

“People look at their motorhome as a mobile cottage,” Sammut says. “They say, ‘This time we will go to Muskoka (Ont.), there are literally hundreds of campgrounds everywhere or next time we will go to Arizona, or Florida or next time how bout Alaska?’ Your mobile cottage, with the comfort essentially of your home away from home, take you anywhere that there is a road.”

While many people still have think of motorhomes as gas guzzlers, Sammut said the reality is that RVs have made great strides in recent decades in terms of fuel efficiency.

Renters also get accustomed to driving the big vehicles surprisingly quickly, says Sammut, who adds that drivers do have to pay careful attention to the road given that the vehicles are nearly as wide as a highway lane.

“It’s a piece of cake,” he said. “We will get 100 families from Great Britain who are accustomed to driving something about the size of your desk on the other side of the road and in all my years they never have a problem.”

To read the entire article in the National Post click here.