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PCOA Sees Attendance Increase at York Show

For Christine and James Cooper, the “lure of the open road” and a mutual love of camping brought them to the last day of the York, Pa., RV show, held over the weekend at the York Expo Center.

Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association (PCOA), the 35th annual show boasted a total of 80 vendors and featured an estimated 200 recreational vehicles in a variety of styles.

According to PCOA Executive Director Beverly Gruber, helping to educate the public about campgrounds, dealers and vendors is hardly a job. She has owned an RV since 1966, and together with family, has, in addition to local trips, crossed the country to California three times.

“People should really consider them for traveling. They’re a great way for family to spend time with each other,” Gruber said.

She said the association begins planning in October for the annual expo, and attendance increased about 14% this year.

For Christine Cooper, a purchase of an RV would be a long-term investment for her and her family.

“We’re considering it. It would be great for vacations, especially with our children and pets,” she said, adding that while she had never compared the price of RV upkeep with the price of airfare, an RV does make sense compared with hotel prices.

Also present were Lancaster residents Jeff and Susan Gingrich, who had owned an RV in the past and were “contemplating” buying another one for travel when they retire.

“An RV would be good to have instead of paying for a hotel or motel each night,” Susan Gingrich said.

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