Taking camping to the next level

By Beau Ebenezer

July 2, 2013 Updated Jul 3, 2013 at 11:25 AM CDT

CENTRAL ILLINOIS -- Taking the family on a summer camping trip can mean mosquito bites, humid temperatures and boredom for the kids on a rainy day.

However with advancement in electronics, and the evolution of the Recreational Vehicle, camping might never be the same again.

"It's more comfortable to just pull in, set up and away you go," said Chicago-area camper, Brian Krupicka. "You don't have all of the issues of popping a tent up, pulling out beds and all of that other kind of stuff."

"I started out with a tent, but then we graduated to pop-ups," said Pekin camper, Jon Little. "Now we have a trailer and my kids are grown. It's just me and my wife, so there's a lot more room."

Pontiac RV has luxury RVs and campers ranging from about $75,000 to $400,000.

More and more people are jumping on board this high-end camping experience because of the convenience features and the capability of bringing your home on the road.

The most luxurious mobile homes can get up to 400 square feet inside with 30 percent more expansion room. All it takes is a push of a button to get the slide-outs.

Inside, the top-notch RVs can sleep about 8 people, providing a shower, stove and oven and numerous flat screen televisions.

"It's more like taking your home with you," said Pontiac RV General Manager, Kent Kafer. "Instead of roughing it, you have all of your features. It's almost like having a second home that your traveling with wherever you want to go."

Former Elmwood resident, George Snider who is currently retired in Arizona, makes the trip back annually to visit with family.

He says when it comes to camping, RV life does not compare.

"We really like it. It gets a little better mileage than what you would think," said Snider. "It's 40 foot and has four slides. It's an 8,000 watt diesel generator with a CAT engine to push. It does pretty good, and we thoroughly enjoy it. We have plenty of room in there for the two of us."

It seems the extra space and advanced luxuries are making roughing it, not so rough for campers.