The BUZZ: Millennials Rally at FMCA Convention

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July 25, 2017 by   Comments Off on The BUZZ: Millennials Rally at FMCA Convention

Ryan, Amy and Abby Birge were among the 4,250 people who attended the recent Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) 96th International Convention & RV Expo in Indianapolis

While it’s difficult to provide an accurate attendance figure when you factor in the 1,477 family registrations — the number of coaches whose owners had an event-long pass — and the 1,300 walk-up visitors, it’s safe to say the Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) 96th International Convention & RV Expo attracted a gate attendance of about 4,250.

Held July 12-15 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and Event Center in Indianapolis, the four-day convention focused on the RV lifestyle with a key element being the motorhome showcase, as several major manufacturers and dealerships which displayed a variety of coaches with test drives available to attendees.

Those 165 display coaches were precisely what attracted Ryan and Amy Birge, along with their 2-year-old daughter, Abby, to the convention.

In fact, while the majority of attendees looked to be full-time RVers who were either retired or very close to it, the Birges — both in their early 30s — were the exception to the norm.

The family, residing just outside Indianapolis in Fishers, Ind., has a 2000 Fleetwood Pace Arrow Vision, which they used for about 60 days last year including a national parks trip to the Northwest. They recently returned from a trip to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and were busy looking at various models in the Entegra Coach display when caught up with them.

While Amy, a former teacher, kept Abby entertained, Ryan, a partner in an investment firm, answered a few questions.

RVB: Are you enjoying the RV show?

Ryan: Yeah, I think it’s really good. We’ve been to a few of these other shows they have here, and for us it’s really nice because there are tons of Class A’s. A lot of the other shows we’ve gone to had travel trailers and fifth-wheels, but we’re more interested in a Class A. So it’s really neat to be able to see all the manufacturers here and all the different options, and a lot have their newer stuff, too.

RVB: As a Millennial, what are you looking for in a coach?

Ryan: For us, it’s something that we can grow into and then stay with for a while. So what we find limiting to us in what we have now is that we have a small bed in the back, and we have two slides, so square footage is limited. And then Abby is in a Pack ‘n Play, so we’ve got to find a place to set that up. Right now it’s at the end of our bed. Problem is when she wakes up, she sees us, and then she wants to get up.

We’re all pretty closely confined, so now with some of the bunks and some of the open space with the full wall slides and four slides, you’ve got a lot more options as far as sleeping is concerned, too.

RVB: And you mentioned you’re interested in a diesel pusher now?

Ryan: Yeah, for sure. What we have today is a Triton V-10 Gasser, so just the difference in diesel.

For example, when we went out and did our trip in the Northwest, we towed a Mini Cooper because we wanted something light to tow. But, even with that, going up some of the mountains, you’re feeling it.  We’re in first gear, and the RPMs are up. So we’re looking for something where you just don’t feel it and it’s a lot easier to tow something.



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