Americans on the move in RVs in Idaho

Judy and Sten Larkin of Colfax, Wash., had a miniature family reunion at the Boise-Meridian KOA this week.

The retired teachers brought two grandchildren from Pocatello who had been traveling with them and met up in Meridian with the children's parents and the other grandparents, who had two more grandkids.

The Larkins often travel in their RV, casino-hopping and visiting friends and family, because it's flexible and less expensive than hotels, they said.

"We don't like reservations," Judy Larkin said. "When you have your own rig, you're free."

Times may be hard, but RV travel is booming.

Kampgrounds of America said camper registrations climbed 7 percent between May 1 and July 15 compared with the same period last year.

"This year is a good year," said Ron Lundquist, manager of the Boise-Meridian KOA, on Pennwood Street near Interstate 84 and Meridian Road.

And reservations at state parks are up 15 percent this fiscal year over the previous year, according to the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation.

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