RVing is for Geeks, Part 1 — ‘Need to be hooked up to the Internet while traveling’

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JulianneGCrane_camper_RVWheelLifeMany recreation vehicle owners feel they need to be hooked up to the Internet, no matter if they are escaping for a brief getaway, or hitting the road for a lifetime. More and more want it all — mountains, beaches, national parks, two-lane highways — and all the comforts of home, including high-speed broadband access.

These days Americans report they are RVing shorter distances with less advanced planning. They also use their RVs year-round for a variety of uses, including tailgating at sporting events, snowmobiling and ice fishing, or pursuing special interests such as horse, dog and antique shows.

A majority are no strangers to computers. According to a 2011 Recreation Vehicle Industry Association survey, 56-percent of RV owners frequently access the Internet while traveling and 63-percent carry laptops with them. The Internet is a boon for RVers who can research online for maps, travel information and weather reports while driving down the highway.

Tomorrow in ‘RVing is for Geeks, Part 2,’ computer techies Jim and Chris Guld of Geeks on Tour talk a little about options for staying in touch while RVing.

Photo: RVWheelLife.com editor Julianne G. Crane working online while camping at Goliad State Park in central Texas. (Jimmy Smith).

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