Fantasies of rolling palaces, a breath of outdoor fun and a dash of theme park enjoyment were all on display at last weekend’s 30th Annual Richmond Camping RV Expo.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, thousands of people pulled into the recreational vehicle show at Virginia’s Richmond Raceway Complex on Saturday (Feb. 14), checking out RVs ranging from $8,000 fold-down tent trailers to $100,000-plus motorhomes.

“We’re selling a lifestyle,” said Lindsey Reines, president of Reines RV Center in Manassas, Va. “People don’t have to have an RV.” But people sure do want them.

Reines, who is investing about $2 million to open his second location this spring in Ashland, noted, “We think this is a great area.”

RVs at the raceway were packed with electromechanical gadgets and at-home amenities: big LCD TVs, Bluetooth radio, power awnings.

“We have an RV, so we like to come see what’s new,” said April McArthur of Stafford County, who was at the Richmond Camping RV Expo with her husband, Chris, and their three young children.

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