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FRVTA logo, techCelebrating 25 years of outdoor fun and adventure, the Fort Myers (Fla.) Recreation Vehicle Show motors into the new year at the Lee Civic Center Jan. 21-24.

This year’s show promises to continue providing patrons the opportunity to see the latest and best camping products available to local RVers and lovers of the great outdoors, Nelda Iacono, president of Region One of Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA), announced in a news release. “This year’s show will offer hundreds of recreation vehicles of all different types and prices. It also will feature close to 100 outdoor and camping supply vendors,” she said.

“For many years, the Fort Myers RV Show has been the top RV show in Florida simply because of the high quality products, outstanding displays and cost-saving prices for consumers,” Iacono said. “I’m proud to say that this emphasis on quality has enabled the show to grow into the largest dealer show in Florida and one of the largest RV shows in the Southeast.”

This year’s RV show will feature dealers from throughout Florida displaying a wide selection of new recreation vehicles of all styles, brands and price ranges, including folding campers, gas and diesel motorhomes, travel trailers, toy haulers, fifth-wheels, park models and van campers.

Besides RV dealers, the show will feature 100 outdoor and camping vendors displaying equipment and accessories to help outfit RVers or provide information on where to camp throughout the nation. Items include new braking systems, RV insurance, specialized camping equipment and high-tech engine enhancers for fuel efficiency.

RV ownership has reached record levels in the United States with an estimated 8.2 million American households now owning an RV — a 16%  increase since 2001 and a 64% gain since 1980, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).

And, with the economy pinching consumers’ budgets, RV travel remains an affordable option. The 2008 PKF Vacation Cost comparison study showed that a family of four can save 27% to 61% on vacation costs by traveling in an RV, after factoring in ownership costs and fuel. Even with higher fuel prices, more than 80% of RV owners say their RV vacations cost less than other forms of vacation.

In fact, RV parks and campgrounds across the country report that reservations this year are 8% better than they were last year. RV rentals also were up 12% in 2009, according to a survey by the Recreation Vehicle Rental Association (RVRA).

With the recent economic downturn, prices for RVs have never been lower,” Iacono continued, “making the RV lifestyle surprisingly affordable. Since the Fort Myers RV Show is among the first shows of the 2010 season, many residents make this event a ‘must see’ since it enables camping enthusiasts to view the large variety of RV’s available from Florida dealers.”