Since Sept. 11, several RV dealers have said they have sold units to people who had never considered entering the RV lifestyle until the terrorist attacks made them reluctant to fly commercially.

The New York Times picked up on that notion with a recent feature in its Fashion & Style section about young New York City or East Coast residents taking extended road trips in RVs or other land-based transportation.

The article described a couple in their 30s who took a meandering trip after the woman lost her job and the man bought a Winnebago Class A motorhome after selling his software company.

Instead of flying halfway around the world to an exotic locale, they drove the motorhome through Virginia, Tennessee and eventually to Texas.

Basically, the couple in the motorhome said the terrorist attacks made them re-evaluate their urban professional lifestyles and created a yearning for a slower and easier pace.

Given the copycat nature of news organizations, more positive exposure to the RV lifestyle can be expected.