by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL
Last Saturday afternoon, the Squire paid a visit to the Showspan produced Grand Rapids Camper, Travel & RV Show at DeVos Place. Under one roof, we found West Michigan RV dealers displaying more than 100 RV lines in the largest RV Show in the state. Large is an understatement when you consider that the huge exhibition space comprising a whopping 200,000 sq. ft., or in other words – 5 acres.
Along with new RV’s there was a remarkable selection of RV accessories, campgrounds, and travel destinations.
“We’ve got more dealers, RV’s, equipment and destinations than ever before, “ said Show Producer Mike Wilbraham. “Much as we hated to do it, we actually had to turn some exhibitors away this year because the space was sold out.”
Judging from what appeared to be record-breaking attendance, show attendees were not just looking this year; they were shopping with many actually “signing on the dotted line” right then and there. Pent up demand and a local economy that appears to be turning the corner to the plus side had people opening their pocket books.
Two of the dozen RV dealers on hand were Rockford’s own Northtown Motorhomes, located on Northland Dr. and Woodland Travel Center, located on Plainfield Ave. just southwest of the East Beltline intersection. Owners Dave Carlson, of Woodland, and Jerry & Nancy O’Neil, of Northtown, appeared to be “tickled pink” with huge crowds attending the first three days of the show.
Both dealers invite you to “Think Local” if you’re in the market for a new (or used) recreational vehicle or need service, parts, or supplies, for one you currently own.
Go and check them out. Both dealers specialize in different lines. From entry level to top of the line; they each offer something for everyone. A visit to each is a RV Show itself and, best of all, you save the price of admission!