High-tech amenities on display at RV show
The 2014 CNY RV and Camping Show debuted at the State Fairgrounds on Friday. Vendors were on hand to showcase the latest RV models and features.
Some of the newest amenities included a fireplace that swivels 360 degrees, a full-sized refrigerator and a television that slides out of the RV on a panel, allowing campers to watch from indoors or outdoors. One fifth-wheel toy hauler was even big enough to carry a Mini Cooper. Many of those new features inspire those who already own campers.
"My husband and I like getting new ideas and seeing the new campgrounds," said Colleen Monfiletto of Yorkville. "So we have been coming every year since 2001."
The newest models, however, are not cheap. Five-wheels, like those that can carry a small car, can cost upwards of $70,000. Motorhomes can sell for at least $100,000.
But families say the campers provide an opportunity to travel and have more time together as a family.
"We probably wouldn't go camping unless we didn't have young kids," said Steve Sanders of Auburn. "It's all about the kids. We go to places where, you know, there's amenities for the kids. Like this year, we're going to Hersheypark."
Businesses also use the RV show as an opportunity to attract new customers.
"It exposes us," said Jordan Oliver of Oliver's Campers. "We're a small dealership that's 60 miles away. So, a lot of people don't know us. They come to this show. They see us. They take the short drive away, and they come to our lot."
The RV show continues on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and again on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.