Dozens of RVs are back at the RV/MH Hall of Fame & Museum and it’s all for the 2nd Annual Spring Hall of Fame RV show in Elkhart, Ind.
Seven of the area’s top dealers brought over more than 200 RVs for the weekend-long show, television station WNDU reported. This show kicks off the dealers’ summer selling season.
Show director Matt Rose — RV director for the Indiana Manufactured Housing Association-Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council — said there are more RVs this year and each one is bigger and better than before. He said the economy is great, RV businesses are doing well and people are buying.
The show kicked off today (April 24) at 10 a.m. and will run through the weekend. “It’s a great event to bring the family because it’s affordable,” said Rose.
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More than half of RV owners plan to use their RVs more often this spring and summer than they did last year by taking frequent weekend vacations and staying closer to home, according to a new survey by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), an encouraging statistic for the owners of GoodTimes Promotions, which is planning its 19th Annual Spring RV Show and Sale from May 13-22 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, Calif.
“We know the price of gas is putting a damper on a lot of people’s vacations plans, but RVing is a great way to take a trip without breaking the bank,” Mike Nohr, president of GoodTimes Promotions, stated in a news release. “We’re glad we will be able to help people outfit their RVs with the latest accessories to make their trips as comfortable as possible, or even get them into a whole new ride if they want to embrace the RV lifestyle.”
Those who attend the spring show in Pleasanton will be able to see hundreds of new and used RVs and accessories and negotiate directly with dealers in one convenient location.
The RVIA’s April Campfire Canvass survey of RV owners reveals that 53% intend to use their RV more this spring and summer despite higher fuel prices, while 38% plan to use theirs the same amount and just 9% say they’ll use their RVs less. Of the respondents who plan to use their RVs more often, 65% said one of the reasons is to take more mini-vacations. According to the report, 68% said they expect fuel prices to affect their spring/summer travel plans. Of those respondents, 61% said they’ll travel closer to home, 42% will travel fewer miles and 37% will stay longer in one place.
“What these figures show is that people are looking for inexpensive vacation options, and RVing leads the pack,” said show manager Shawn Nohr. “RV owners love the RV lifestyle and rising gas prices won’t stop them from getting away. And there are a lot of places in California that make for a great vacation close to home.”
RV family vacations are, on average, 27% to 61% less expensive than other types of vacations, according to a study by international travel and tourism experts Collier’s PKF Consulting USA.
For information, call (925) 931-1890 or visit www.rvshow.net.