Winnebagos, mini-winnee's, travel-lites: the names are many but they have one thing in common they're all recreational vehicles, and they're a common site around the peninsula this time of year.
A recreation vehicle, or RV, is a motorized or towable vehicle that combines transportation and temporary living quarters for travel, recreation and camping.
"They're really, really nice," said John Pannick of Fairbanks. "You can crank up the generator and have a pot of fresh coffee, use a microwave and watch TV."
Pannick said it's great not roughing it, but he hasn't always camped so luxuriously.
"I camped all my life in tents, but got sick of putting them up and taking them down in the rain. This is a whole lot easier," he said.
Pannick has been RVing for three to four years but just retired after being a teamster for 39 years, so lately he's been practically living in his rig.
This past weekend he was at Crooked Creek State Recreation Area in Kasilof, but he won't be there too long.
"I'm out with the family doing some salmon fishing, then it's on to Deep Creek and from there to Seward for the Silver Salmon Derby."
At Johnson Lake State Recre-ation Area, Elizabeth Allerton from California, told a similar tale. She's been RVing in Alaska for close to a month with her husband and grandson.
"RV's are the way to go," she said. "Especially with heavy rains like we had last week. It ran most of the tenters out of here."
They've been "boondocking" this weekend. Boondocking refers to camping without any hook-ups, such as electric, sewer or water facilities. Instead, they just rely on electricity from the RV batteries and water from a freshwater holding tank.
With or without hook-ups, Allerton has been RVing for more than 10 years and said she finds it to be an enjoyable way to camp and see the country.
"It has all the amenities of a house, but with fewer rooms to clean," she said.
Allerton said they frequently camp at Johnson Lake.
"We first started coming about eight years ago after a Native in Ninilchik told us about it," said Allerton. "I enjoy the serene beauty, and my husband enjoys the fishing. He's pulled several pan-sized trout out of the lake already."
At Clam Gulch State Recreation Area, Brian Elliott came down from Wasilla with his family 25 in all between two RV's and a pop-up trailer.
"It's a home on wheels," he said. "Everything I need is in there: water, food, facilities, etc. Everything is already loaded and ready to go. No packing involved."
For Elliott, convenience was a big factor, but he said cost also played into the equation.
"With kids it's the only way to go," he said. "It's way more economical than regular camping."
The only drawback to RVing that Elliott could even think of was the low miles per gallon that the big beasts tend to average.
"Yeah, the gas money is a down side," he said. "RV's are real gas hogs."
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