Baby boomers and adventuresome seniors are driving the biggest resurgence in RV sales since the early 1990s.

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Evelyn and Leo Carey never dreamed of buying an RV when they were raising kids and fully ensconced in the working world. But about five years ago, Evelyn spied a small, teardrop camper-trailer for sale, and an idea was born.

“I fell in love with the shape of it,” she said. “It was so artsy and so cute.”

About a year later, they ponied up for a 17-foot Casita travel trailer, which they have pulled across America’s roadways for months at a time, exploring state parks, historic trails and prime bird-watching spots.

“It has everything you could possibly need,” said Evelyn. “When we travel, we follow our nose — and follow our bliss.”

Baby boomers and adventuresome seniors such as the Careys are driving the biggest resurgence in RV sales since the early 1990s. The industry has seen double-digit sales growth during the past three years, and this year, shipments of tow-behind travel trailers are expected to reach their highest levels.

The skyrocketing sales are fueled by the 10,000 or so baby boomers turning 65 every day, plus a large band of 50-somethings planning for an active or early retirement.

These active Americans feel the lure of nature and romance of the road, but sleeping on the ground isn’t part of the equation.

Unlike previous frugal seniors, many baby boomers are flush with disposable income, and they’re not afraid to spend it. RV manufacturers are taking note.

But there’s more involved than just a “bigger is better” attitude. While rigs roomy enough to hold a hot tub and surround-sound stereo TV can be found, there’s a new emphasis on lighter-weight, towable vehicles and more fuel-efficient motor homes.

Manufacturers have ramped up on style and craftsmanship and added green technologies, such as solar panels and LED lighting. Many models are wired for Bluetooth and other necessities of our techno-centric world.

This surge in sales comes as the economy gains steam, gas prices remain low and lenders are less reluctant about opening up credit lines — a necessity even for well-heeled RV buyers.

The average price of a basic tent trailer is less than $10,000. Travel trailers start at about $12,000 and can cost upward of $100,000 for a fifth-wheel. Camper vans, which are smaller versions of the enclosed motor home, start at $40,000 to $60,000 and easily run into six figures.

When it comes to luxe, no brand can touch the cachet of the Airstream. Models range from $45,000 to $150,000 and come with such optional upgrades as Corian countertops, leather seats and hickory hardwood cabinets.

In a hot market for travel trailers, Airstream is even hotter. Last year, sales rose 35 percent from the previous year, far outpacing the industry’s 13 percent rise. And the majority of new Airstream owners are first-time RVers in the 50-to-69 age range, the company said.

For some RVers, comfort comes first.

Joe Warren, a retired attorney based in Memphis, Tenn., has a van-style Winnebago.

“I’m spending my kids’ inheritance,” Warren, 60, said of his roomy RV and other retirement plans, which include trips to Peru, Paris and Africa next spring.

Warren and his wife spent many years in sleeping bags and tents, but gave that up in 2001 and bought their first RV. Now, when there’s a storm and they are tucked inside their luxury ride; Warren shakes his head and says without apology, “Those poor tent people.”