Welcome to glamping, the “glamorous camping” trend that’s on the rise and on display at the Boston RV & Camping Expo at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center that concludes today (Jan. 21).
“In the past, the whole notion of glamping was in the high-end units. We now see them in every type of RV,” said Bob Zagami, show director for the New England RV Dealers Association (RVDA).
The Boston Herald reported that approximately 300 RVs, from fifth-wheels and motorhomes to park trailers and pop-ups, are on the BCEC floor. Some, such as the Fleetwood Discovery motorhome, come equipped with one and one-half baths, washer and dryer hookups, and polished tile floors for $220,000. And it’s only the entry-level model for the brand.
For a little more than $50,000, 400-square-foot park trailers come with a master bedroom and loft, and room for a big screen TV.
“You can now take the comforts of home with you. You are not giving up anything,” said Zagami, a dedicated RV user. “Having those amenities brings more people into the campground.”
These amenities are similar to those you’d find in an upscale apartment, such as stainless steel appliances, computer nooks and legroom-friendly bathrooms with double sinks, brushed nickel faucets and full-size showers.
Then there’s the toy haulers, which feature an on-board garage to store recreational vehicles such as ATVs and doubles as a common area with table. Planning for a crowd to visit? It’s got two full-size refrigerators.
In terms of style, “the RV industry is a year or two behind homes,” said Zagami.
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The New England Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association will sponsor the Boston RV & Camping Expo Feb. 3-6 in the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston.
The expo will feature the latest models in recreation vehicles, fifth-wheels, travel trailers, folding camping campers, camping supplies, accessories, campgrounds and travel information centers, according to a show promotion.
Member dealers hail from Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New Hampshire.
The show, touted as New England’s largest RV show, will cover 118,000 square feet of display space and feature 120 exhibitors. Attendance is estimated to top 18,000.
According to show promotional material, the Boston show exceeds in size other New England RV shows, including the shows at Portland and Agusta, Maine, Manchester, N.H. , and Worcester, Mass., all have either 40,000 or 50,000 or 60,000 square feet of exhibition space at best (33% to 50% of Seaport World Trade Center); and Providence, R.I,. has 80,000 square feet (67% of of Seaport World Trade Center).
For more information visit http://www.BostonRVExpo.com.