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Screen Shot 2015-04-22 at 3.12.51 PMRecreational vehicle enthusiasts from across the region began their quests for new RVs Thursday (April 23) at the Spring Hall of Fame RV Show in Elkhart, Ind., the Goshen News reported.

The show features 10 dealers and hundreds of all-sorts of RVs set up at the RV/MH Hall of Fame at C.R.s 6 and 17, just south of the Indiana Toll Road interchange.

Over at the Phoenix Cruiser RV display, Kyle Herschberger was busy, even on a blustery opening day, answering questions from customers. The company builds factory-direct RVs that start at $85,000.

Like many of the sales staff at the show, Herschberger already has several shows under his belt. He has been at two Florida shows and was at the Good Sam camping rally in Phoenix.

“Oh, attendance has been up,” Herschberger said of the early RV shows.

He has noticed a number of his customers are trading in their existing RVs and financing new ones using the low interest rates begin offered on loans. He said some short-term loans for RVs can be had for 2.99%.

Herschberger said about half of his customers pay cash for RVs and the other half finance.

Goshen RV Supercenter is the newest dealership at the show, with more than 20 units on display. John Whalen, sales manager, said the show is the third of the year for the dealership and he is expecting a good turnout.

“I have already talked to people from St. Louis and the Detroit area,” he said a few hours after the gate opened Thursday.

There’s more than towable trailers and motorhomes at the show.

Steve Stose, national sales manager for Suncoast Trailer Sales of Pierceton, Ind., and Palm Bay, Fla., has five rows of units set up.

“The cost of fuel and trucks and everything associated with RVing is driving people to park models,” he said. “You can put them on a lot and drive back and forth to it.”

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