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In the latest sign that the economy is improving, more and more Americans are buying recreational vehicles and taking to the roads again in search of adventure. In response to rising demand, RV makers shipped 32,100 vehicles to dealers in April 2013, an uptick of 19 percent from 2012, according to the Recreational Vehicle Association. And shipments have steadily risen this year in every category of RV, with the most dramatic growth in “total towable RVs.” Shipments of those big …
“You get to fall asleep with the rocking of the waves and the wind, and with the Internet, you can home-office from just about anywhere,” says Ian Morton, an American semi-retiree who spends half the year on a houseboat outside Montreal, Canada. Morton, 51, one of several “rambling retirees” profiled by Reuters in a piece on boomers who are bucking the “aging in place” trend. Though exact stats are hard to come by, evidence points to a growing number of grown-ups trading houses and retirement communities for houseboats, RVs and strangers’ sofas.