The mansion-like motorhome, with their granite countertops, flat-screen televisions and king-size beds, might steal the spotlight at this week’s Colorado RV Adventure Travel Show. But, according to the Denver Post, it’s their smaller, lighter cousins that are speeding off the lots, according to local dealers.
“We sell a lot of lightweight small trailers. Those sales are off the charts,” said Don Secord, general sales manager at Ketelsen Campers of Colorado in Wheat Ridge. “People can tow small trailers with the same vehicle they potentially drive to work everyday. It’s no longer a lifestyle or a hobby that you have to go and invest in a big ol’ truck.”
The 26th annual recreational vehicle showcase hosted by Good Sam Events, which runs through Saturday (Jan. 9) at the Colorado Convention Center, comes on the heels of a strong year for RV sales nationwide.
In Colorado, sales of towable RVs increased 15 percent last year, according to event organizers, and dealers are expecting an equally good showing in 2016.
Much of the growth can be tied to low gas prices and low interest rates, as well as increasing interest from young families, said Trailer Source owner Jim Blumenthal.
AAA estimates the average price of gas nationally in 2016 will fall to between $2.25 and $2.45 per gallon, slightly cheaper or comparable to the 2015 average of $2.40.
“What we’re seeing is the economy has turned around, I’m comfortable with my 401(k), I’m comfortable in my position at work, I have a little more disposable income, wages seem to be coming up, and then fuel — fuel, fuel, fuel, fuel, fuel,” Blumenthal said. “You can drive anywhere you want for half of what it used to be.”
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