RV sales in Michigan rose 18% in the first quarter over a year ago, the Michigan Association of RVs and Campgrounds (MARVAC) reported in a news release.

MARVAC is projecting 2012 RV sales will continue to increase in the Wolverine State.

MARVAC sponsors four RV shows each year, and Director Bill Sheffer reported, “The spring RV shows were well attended and the participating dealers reported positive comments from potential RV buyers. Many show visitors commented that they were going to make the commitment to purchase a new RV this year. So far, the statistics from the first part of 2012 are proving that to be true.”

RV manufacturers now offer more customizing — including offering upgrades as standards, packaging options and allowing mix-and-match options usually found only in high-end luxury RVs. Manufacturers are also making RVs that are smaller, lighter and more energy-efficient to help those seeking budget friendly models.

Today’s RVs are now outfitted with more functionality and smarter technology, with many offering gourmet and outdoor kitchens, larger bathrooms, expandable floorplans and layouts, and state-of- the-art electronics. Manufacturers are also utilizing green technologies to minimize energy consumption.

MARVAC is a statewide, non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging growth in the recreation vehicle and private campground industries while contributing to the quality of Michigan tourism. For more information, visit MARVAC’s website, www.marvac.org or call (517) 349-8881.