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Winnebago Minnie travel trailer

Winnebago Minnie

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 walking around the grounds of America’s Largest RV Show at the Giant Center in Hershey.

They weren’t searching for a high-end, luxurious recreational vehicle.

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 light-weight 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.

As a result, manufacturers are seeing interest in the Minnie which sells in bright colors like green and yellow.

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cartoon motorhome graphicRon Spike purchased a Rockwood Windjammer travel trailer at Ruff’s RV Center in Euclid, Ohio, two months ago.

According to a report by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, in the months since he joined the 8.9 million U.S. households — or 8.5% of all American households that now own RVs — Spike is part of a growing community of people who see upscale camping or traveling as a great way to relax.

“I parked mine at a campground in Geneva. Even though it’s about 40 minutes from our home in Lyndhurst, it’s still like going on vacation,” said the 62-year-old recently retired truck driver whose wife Marlene will join the retirement ranks this month. “There’s no stress out there. It’s so relaxing.”

Across town, Ron Revelt of Olmsted Township stopped by Moore’s RV in North Ridgeville to pick up a part for his decked-out fifth-wheel, his third and last purchase made in 2008. But he couldn’t help but check out an even more luxurious recreational vehicle during his visit.

“They keep coming up with more new neat things,” said Revelt, 73, a retired teacher and pilot who talked of new safety features and luxuries in the kitchen and bedrooms. “There’s always something I want.”

Nationwide, sales are rebounding because of new destination campers like Spike and repeat customers like Revelt who travel the country. They represent renewed hope for an industry that has suffered blows since the recession but is now attracting more younger people and families.

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