Editor’s Note: The following column was penned by RVtravel.com editor Chuck Woodbury, reporting from America’s Largest RV Show in Hershey, Pa. To view Woodbury’s newsletter click here.
I’m still in Hershey, Pa., at the 2013 Hershey RV Show, which is officially billed as America’s Largest RV Show. If you are in the area, there is still time to attend. It runs through tomorrow (Sunday). It’s a huge affair. For anyone interested in seeing what’s new for 2014, this is a piece of heaven.
Half the reason I attend the show each year is to rub elbows with my buddies — mostly other guys who write or do videos about the RV industry, and to meet up with readers of this newsletter. So far, a dozen readers have introduced themselves, and I’ve run into several authors of books we sell, which is always nice. I’m writing this on Thursday, so there is still plenty of time to explore the show and visit with friends.
I’ve explored many of the RVs on display and have been impressed with a half-dozen. I was amazed by the super-spacious Rockwood HW 296 popup trailer that includes “everything” — even a bathroom with shower. I also liked a lightweight hybrid trailer by Starcraft, the Travel STar EXP 187TB, with three canvas “pop outs” which make room for two double beds and a queen-size bed, plus all the other regular RV features. It’s so light that it can be pulled by many family cars. Lightweight trailers are the big thing this year and are popular with buyers. Depending upon who you talk with, towable RVs — trailers of all sizes and fifth-wheels — are outselling motorized RVs about 12-to-one (some people say 16-to-one).
Winnebago is debuting a new lightweight Class C motorhome with single-tire rear axle and a very interesting drop-down double bed (just push a button), with a Penistar 3.6 litre gas engine on a Ram ProMaster chassis. At 9,300 pounds, the 24-foot Trend is not suited to pulling a tow vehicle. But for a couple or family looking for an RV for camping weekends or vacations, it might be just the thing (good mileage). The MSRP is about $93,000 but it’s being sold at the show for about $79,000.
I loved a tiny trailer from Little Guy — even smaller than a Teardrop — called MyPod, that weighs a mere 500 pounds and can be pulled by virtually any vehicle, even some motorcycles. This would be a great step-up for tenters tired of sleeping on the hard ground.
I’m putting together a video showing these vehicles and others and will have it posted within a couple of weeks. But for now, I must get back to work (and to play). I’ll be home late Sunday night and hope to see you here again next week.