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Wisconsin Dealers Report Uptick in Park Model Interest

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Trading the allure of the open road for a permanent campsite, more vacationers have embraced “park-model” RVs, according to a report from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

They’re now buying luxurious and spacious travel trailers that are delivered on wheels but aren’t moved much once they reach a destination.

Some of the trailers are like cabins or cottages, with amenities such as bay windows and lofts, French doors and porches. Others are more traditional, with features such as slide-out sections to make rooms larger.

Up to about 40 feet in length, these big rigs could be pulled down the road if necessary. However, they’re not meant for folks wanting to wander across the country.

Some people get as far as Wisconsin Dells, find a campsite they like, and settle in for the year, said Steve Wells with Roskopf’s RV, in Richfield.

The park-model RV becomes their second home, much like a cabin or cottage.

“We often forget it’s even an RV,” said Lynn Cross from Green Bay, who has a 40-foot Sandpiper Destination trailer parked at the S’more Fun Campground in Waupaca.

She and her husband, Wayne, spent years towing a camper before they settled on a more permanent campsite and a big trailer that has three slide-out rooms and an electric fireplace.

Now they don’t have to worry about pulling the trailer in traffic, setting it up at various campsites, and doing chores like draining the refrigerator between camping trips.

“To us, it’s just like home. Everything we need is in the trailer,” Cross said.

Any camping trailer, or even a motor home, could be parked all summer at a campground or other location used for vacation purposes.

But often it’s the big trailer that fills the role.

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