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An RV starter kit

January 22, 2006

Though RV sales were down 3.5% in the first eight months of 2005-- blame gas prices-- industry experts expect bullish sales as many baby boomers reach retirement. If you're just getting interested in RVs, here are various types, their costs and how many people they hold:

Towable and mountable RVs

Conventional travel trailers

* Sleep up to 10

* $8,000 to $65,000

* Wide range of floor plans

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Fifth-wheel travel trailers

* Sleep up to six

* $13,000 to $100,000

* Two-level floor plans

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Travel trailers with expandable ends

* Sleep up to eight

* $9,000 to $18,000

* Ends pull out for sleeping

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Folding camping trailers

* Sleep up to eight

* $4,000 to $13,000

* Lightweight towing

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Truck campers

* Sleep up to six

* $4,000 to $26,000

* Mount on pickup bed or chassis

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Motorized RVs

Type A motorhomes

* Sleep up to six

* $58,000 to $400,000

* Generally roomiest of all RVs

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Type B motorhomes

* Sleep up to four

* $41,000 to $74,000

* Commonly called 'van campers'

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Type C motorhomes

* Sleep up to eight

* $48,000 to $140,000

* Extra sleeping space over the cab

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Utility hauling RVs

Sport utility trailers

* Sleep up to eight

* $21,000 to $58,000

* Built-in OgarageO for ATVs, etc.

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Source: Recreation Vehicle Industry Assoc.

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