The Grand Rapids, Mich., Camper, Travel and RV Show at DeVos Place is bigger than ever, taking up all of the available floor space inside the convention center, the Grand Gallery and the Steelcase Ballroom.
But, according to a report by MLive.com, Bruce Ter Veen, general manager of General RV Sales, said he expects the smaller and lighter RVs that can be towed by a van or SUV will get more attention than the humongous rolling palaces that are self-contained or need a heavy-duty pickup truck to haul them on a fifth-wheel.
“Today’s RV owner wants to travel lighter and with more flexibility,” said Ter Veen. “A lot of them are never going to stay at a campground.”
Instead, young families prefer moving around, visiting national parks or setting up in wilderness areas that are off the grid, he added.
“Manufacturers have really improved fuel economy in motorhomes, and they’ve found ways to lighten towable RVs which means they require less energy to pull,” Ter Veen said. “There are also more solar-powered options available in RVs than ever before.”
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