RVers Helping Drive Colorado Area’s Economy

September 20, 2012 by

Even on vacation, Dick and Nina Chapman are never too far from home. That’s because, according to a report in the Durango (Colo.) Herald, their home – or second home – goes with them.

“This was always a dream of mine to retire and get an RV,” said Dick Chapman, 77, of Albuquerque, N.M., while relaxing in his $200,000 Tiffin Phaeton motorhome parked last week at the Alpen Rose RV Park in the Animas Valley north of Durango.

The luxurious home on wheels includes a full kitchen, living room, bedroom with queen-size bed, bathroom, shower, wood cabinets, ceramic tile floors, decorative lighting, two leather couches and four televisions.

It is powered by a diesel engine that gets 7 miles to the gallon, Dick Chapman said. “It’s very smooth,” he said. “It drives easily.”

RVers and drivers who pull trailers have a significant impact on the local economy, representing about a fourth of all tourists who pass through the Durango Area Tourism Office, said Jack Llewellyn, executive director of the Durango Chamber of Commerce.

Some roll into town in large groups and stay for several days, if not weeks, he said. They often arrive without a strict schedule, so the tourism office works to inform them about the local attractions to keep them here for as long as possible, Llewellyn said.

“Definitely, I think they have a big impact to our economy,” he said.

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