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FOR A CROSS SECTION OF AMERICAN travelers, home is literally where the heart is, whether at a high-way truck stop off Interstate 75 or at one of the South Florida campgrounds, parks and resorts that are destinations for many RVers each year.

The Fort Myers Florida Weekly reported that they arrive in condos on wheels, RVs that range from all-in-one motor coaches to fifth-wheel and bumper-pull trailers filled with the recognizable trappings of home life: cats and dogs, comfy sofas, keys hanging by the door, air fresheners that smell of Christmas, showers, stoves and cabinets, even some with washers and dryers, albeit usually on a relatively small-scale.

“Home is where we park it,” says Joe Masiello, who lives with his wife, Donna, in their Montana High Country RV trailer year round. Their stops over the last year include Virginia, Tennessee and Lee County.

RVers come from nearly any place in the U.S., including Alaska. Many are seasonal residents from Midwest or Northeastern states. While their ages often in their 60s and 70s make them part of the baby boomer or earlier generations, they also include what some RVers and resort managers say they have observed is a growing number of families with children.

Although there are no official counts of who lives life on the road for what periods of time, most are considered to be part-time RVers, such as those who spend a clement winter in South Florida before rolling back north to fixed residences. A growing number others live life full-time on wheels, possibly keeping a home base or post office box somewhere, while running their business from wherever they are or traveling as “workampers”: going from job to job or volunteer position throughout the year.

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