For camping enthusiasts, nothing beats sipping a seasonal beer around a campfire on a warm Michigan summer night. Except maybe sipping a spiked cider around a campfire while drinking in the fall colors,
C&G Newspapers reported that Darren Ing, director of the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) which hosts the 28th annual Fall Detroit Camper and RV Show, said the camping season doesn’t end when the kids go back to school.
“Looking back as much as last weekend, you realize the weather in Michigan can at times be agreeable and nice enough out to continue the camping season. Most campgrounds continue operations until the end of October and kick off their closing weekend with a Halloween event and call that the end of their season,” Ing said.
The Novi show will inlcude a slew of seminars, along with more than 280 RVs on display, including folding campers, motorhomes, travel trailers, truck campers, fifth-wheel travel trailers and toy haulers. Exhibitors will feature parts and accessories, campground information, on-site RV financing, and RV rentals.
Ing said the event is a multigenerational one and has been seeing an uptick in a certain generation coming through the show’s doors.
“What we’re seeing is that younger people, as they grew up and they saw that their parents and grandparents were enjoying the camping lifestyle, and they were brought up in it from a young age,” Ing said. “Now that they are entering the job market, they’re finding themselves in that financial situation that allows them to spend the kind of money to invest in the camping lifestyle and be able to do that.”
Many manufacturers are putting out lighter and smaller RVs that can be towed by a wide range of vehicles for a fraction of the cost, Ing said.
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