Life on the road: Home sweet home in a RV

- Living a lavish lifestyle on the road doesn't mean you have to stay in a swanky hotel and eat at upscale restaurants.

There's another option: Living on the road in your own RV.

"Well, the RV lifestyle definitely allows them a freedom to be able to travel,” said Demond McKinley, sales manager at Lazydays RV in Seffner. “You can spend as long as you want somewhere or as short of a stay."

From truck campers to diesel pushers, there are over 1,200 RVs on the lot at Lazydays RV, and the most luxurious ones can cost upwards of $800,000.

These days, more and more folks are looking to buy.  

According to the RV Industry Association, shipments topped a half million in 2017. That's a 17 percent increase from 2016.

Baby boomers -- and now millennials -- are looking for a simpler lifestyle, leaving their brick and mortar homes for a mobile one they can take out on the road.

"A lot of people just want to get away from having to do the yard work and having to do clean the pool,” said McKinley. “They just enjoy the freedom. Really, what we do, is sell a lifestyle here. Really help people get out there, and there's a huge social aspect of it as well."

Take former Buccaneer Joe Hawley, for example. Since retiring from the NFL, he's been living out of his van with his dog and documenting his new lifestyle on a blog while traveling all over the country.

It's the freedom to go where ever you want, when ever you want. That's what allures folks to life on the road.

"Really, what it does is allow people to see everything from A to B,” said McKinley. “Really helps them get out of traveling out of a suitcase. You can hang things up in a closet. You can bring food along with you, you don't have to eat everything out on the road. It gives you the ability to travel, but then also you have all the conveniences of home."

A home away from home, and where ever your heart desires.

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