Originally Posted by REDNAX
Back to the original post, heard today on the radio that more municipalities are allowing ATV's on the road. NHTSA not happy about it (nor, I suspect, the manufacturers), but it kinda makes sense in the rural areas.
Many of the towns doing this are small rural communities that connect with ORV trail systems. Several towns near the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System in West Virginia are good examples of this. Allowing ATV riders to ride short distances into town from the trail to buy gas and food and ride from the local campgrounds and hotels to the trail head has been a huge boost to local economies. I don't think ATVs will ever become a huge presence on America's roadways, so the powers that be can rest easy.
I have to admit, being an Airstreamer and an ATV enthusiast is really interesting in places like that. The vast majority of folks in campgrounds that cater to ATVs tend to fit in two categories, folks in tents and people camping in huge toy haulers. Most of them have never seen an AS in person. While setting up, I usually get a small group of other campers who can't resist walking over to get a closer look at my vintage AS. It's kind of fun watching someone who owns a shiny new 40' toy hauler stopping whatever he was doing to run over and check out a 39-year-old Airstream that would almost fit in the living room of his mobile castle. Of course, the looks from other Airstreamers when they see the quad in the back of the truck is almost as interesting: