Buyers Check Out 'Smaller' Units at RV Show
Bigger isn’t necessarily better in the world of recreational vehicles. Richard and Karen Bowser of Pittsburgh spent a better part of the day Wednesday (Sept. 11) walking around the grounds of America’s Largest RV Show at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa.
They weren’t searching for a high-end, luxurious recreational vehicle, according to a report by the Patriot-News.
“We’re looking to buy something that will accommodate the two of us,” Karen Bowser said, adding they are retired and travel the country visiting their children.
Although, she did have some specifics including a two-door refrigerator/freezer, deep or two-bowl kitchen sink and a three-burner stove with an oven. She said she just wants enough kitchen space to make biscuits and gravy for breakfast when they are on the road.
“It has to have a potty and a shower,” she added.
They were eyeing the new Winnebago Minnie, a travel trailer being touted for its small size and big character. The Minnie is just one of a slew of new compact recreational vehicles hitting the market.
The lightweight trailers equate into fuel efficiency which is attractive in the market.
Steve Fretz of Fretz RV in Souderton said when fuel prices skyrocketed people traded in their SUVs for Priuses. RV manufacturers could no longer offer big towing trailers, he said.
Sherman Goldenberg, publisher of RVBusiness and Woodall's Campground Management, called it a tentative trend as post-recession buyers seem to have a taste for smaller, more fuel efficient vehicles.
As a result, manufacturers are seeing interest in the Minnie which sells in bright colors like green and yellow.
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