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Great buys offered at RV show

Category: RV Show
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Publish Date: Saturday, August 16, 2008
Summary: “Even though the market is down now, we want to see what’s left. Plus, we want to support the local economy and laid-off workers so they can go back to work,” Paul Van Dyke of Syracuse said.

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By Jesse Davis
THE GOSHEN NEWS

The 54th annual Midwest RV Super Show and Rally brought dealers, accessory vendors and consumers together for four days of rock-bottom prices this weekend at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds.

“We used to do a lot of tent camping when the kids were home,” Becky Ridenour said.

Ridenour, a Cromwell resident, and husband Sam said they were looking at travel trailers both for fun and for a possible purchase, although they don’t camp as often as they like.

“We’ve only done it a few times in the last year,” Sam said.

One couple from Portage, Mich., who have had a trailer for 15 years said they were looking around “just dreaming.”

“Even though the market is down now, we want to see what’s left. Plus, we want to support the local economy and laid-off workers so they can go back to work,” Paul Van Dyke of Syracuse said.

Paul and his wife Ann have been talking about buying an RV for ten years, and are finally looking into purchasing their first.

“We’ve reached the age where it’s time to look at what’s happening in the deep winter,” Ann said. “You can buy a house in Arizona, Florida, wherever, but with the weather you can get stuck. With an RV you can pack up and get out.”

Ewing’s Outpost RV displayed one unit that took that sentiment seriously. Their park model looks more like a manufactured home than a travel trailer.

“A lot of people aren’t aware what a park model looks like,” sales representative John Szucs said.

According to Szucs, the show has waned slightly from previous years.

“Traffic has been fairly steady, but I don’t think it’s quite as good as it was last year. There were a lot more units last year,” Szucs said.

This year, 62 vendors and 11 dealers participated and over 200 recreational vehicles were on display, according to show president Mark Bowersox. The real stars of the show, however, were the deals.

Most of the models on display were on sale for between 24 and a whopping 32 percent off. Total Value RV of Indiana had the largest price cut, on a 2008 Tuscany motor home from Damon Motor Coach. It was priced at $162,320, a nearly 30 percent savings totaling $65,152 off the manufacturer’s suggested retail price. Other smaller travel trailers had price cuts from $3,000 to $7,000.

In addition to all the RV dealers, vendors both related and unrelated to the industry vied for attendees’ attention. Booths offering hitches, chairs, various supplies and even a collapsible boat filled the main commercial building at the fairgrounds. Outside the building, Heart City Toyota and Eby Ford displayed vehicles with heavy-duty towing packages, including two Toyota Tundras, a Ford K Ranch F-250 and a Ford Super Duty F-350 XL.

The Super Show will remain open until 5 p.m. today. Admission is $7 for adults (16 and older) and $5 for seniors (60 and older).


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