British Columbia’s largest indoor RV sale rolls into Chilliwack’s Heritage Park this week with all the bells and whistles, according to the Chilliwack Times.
The 9th Annual Chilliwack Humdinger RV Sale & Show runs from Thursday (March 18) to Sunday, and with 150,000 square feet of exhibits, RV enthusiasts will have a chance to ogle all the latest models from fold-down tent trailers to luxurious motor homes and park models.
“There’s an RV to suit every family’s need and budget,” said Joan Jackson, director of the show.
The event will feature 13 dealers from the Lower Mainland, and Jackson says the venue is ideal for both buyers and sellers.
For people looking to buy, the Humdinger is a one-stop RV extravaganza where products will be priced to sell.
“It’s good pricing, lots of variety and consumers can compare models side by side in one day and under one roof,” said Jackson.
Along with an array of different brands and floor plans to compare, the show offers consumers hourly RV seminars on everything from travel documents and solar panels to propane safety and fun destinations.
Between seminars, comedy magician Rod Boss, children’s entertainer Ish da Fish and the Chilliwack Harmony Chorus have been enlisted to regale the troops with half-hour stage shows and walkaround entertainment.
For RV dealers, the event is a chance to show off the best of their wares directly to consumers instead of relying on ads, which Jackson said don’t always capture everything RVs have to offer.
“A bunch of small pictures of RVs with prices doesn’t give the big picture of what the RV might actually be like,” she said. “People like to see stuff.”
Dealers also rely on shows like the Humdinger to gauge the market.
Reports from other parts of the country indicate attendance at RV shows is up by more than 50%, and sales in Canada are brisk, according to Jackson, who is also the executive director of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association of British Columbia.
While the industry has fallen on tough times in the U.S., the market in Canada has remained buoyant, but sales have shifted away from large Class A motorhomes toward RVs that can be hooked on to the family vehicle.
The biggest sellers now are travel trailers, fifth-wheels and toy haulers, which Jackson says are ideal for young families.
“If the family already has a vehicle, it’s a very affordable piece of vacation equipment to purchase,” she said. “Instead of one really expensive fly-away holiday, they can spend some more quality time with each other.”
While all kinds of people are taking an interest in the RVing lifestyle, Jackson said the two biggest chunks of the demographic are families with young kids and the retired set who take to the road once they have no strings attached.
At the show, both groups will find accessories and design features to match their tastes including gas fireplaces, full-sized appliances, satellite dishes and king-sized beds.
“No one sleeps on the kitchen table any more,” said Jackson.