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Alex and Sherry Pirvovaroff win new Lance travel trailer

Alex and Sherry Pirvovaroff win new Lance travel trailer

RVIA’s California RV Show has awarded Alex and Sherry Pirvovaroff, of Lancaster, Calif., a 19-foot Lance travel trailer, the grand prize in the sweepstakes at the October show in Pomona, RIVA announced today. The trailer, valued at approximately $17,000, was delivered by Richard Wade, president of Richard’s Boat & RV Center of Lancaster, CA.

Pirvovaroff and his wife of 44 years have been RVers for more than four decades. They visited the California RV Show because they were in the market for a new unit, and were thrilled to win the Lance trailer, according to a press release from RIVA.

“I’ve been telling my friends, always put your name in the drawing,” said Pirvovaroff. “You never know what you might win. We’re very appreciative to Lance and the California RV Show for their generosity.”

Pirvovaroff said he and his wife are planning a trip to Oklahoma in the spring to visit their daughter.

The 2013 California RV Show will be held at the Fairplex in Pomona from Oct. 11-20.

Our Fifth Wheel on old truss bridge in Arizona

Our Fifth Wheel on old truss bridge in Arizona

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA’s) biannual Campfire Canvass reports 36% of RV owners plan to travel more this fall and winter than last year, 38% plan to travel the same amount and just 9% plan to travel less often, according to a news release.

Top reasons for taking more RV trips include enjoying outdoor activity (76%), escaping stress and pressure (67%), and spending more time with family (51%). Nearly two-thirds of survey respondents said they plan to take more mini-vacations (2-4 days).

“RVing is the best way to see our great country, spend time outdoors, and reconnect with family and friends,” said RVIA President Richard Coon. “No other travel option offers consumers the freedom, flexibility and value that RVs do.”

Along with getting outdoors, escaping stress and spending time with family, another primary reason why millions of owners will be traveling and enjoying the RV lifestyle this fall/winter is because they appreciate the value that RV travel delivers. Nearly 90% said that RVing is an affordable way to travel. Three-quarters said they save at least 25% when traveling in their RV compared to other types of travel, while 34% save 35-50%. This echoes a 2011 study by PKF, an international travel and tourism consulting company, which found that RVing is 23% to 59% less expensive than other types of vacations for a family of four.

In addition to saving on rising hotel costs and airfares, RV owners also avoid the expense of eating most meals in restaurants as other forms of travel require. According to the RVIA survey, 92% of RV owners said they eat at least two meals a day onboard their RVs.

Despite these uncertain economic times, 47% said that they’re considering another RV purchase, with 79% of those respondents citing the availability of “great deals” in today’s RV market. More than 57% will attend RV retail shows this fall and winter.

Of those not considering another RV purchase within the next two years, 85% said it’s because they’re happy with their current RV.

Owners surveyed will use their RVs in a variety of ways during the fall/winter travel season:

  • 73% of the respondents said that they plan to sightsee.
  • 64% visit state parks and 57% national parks.
  • 53% plan to visit friends/family.
  • 50% will attend festivals or fairs.

The survey also reveals that owners are physically active on their RV trips. For example, 54% said they enjoy hiking, 48% fishing/hunting, 31% biking and 14% canoeing and kayaking. Approximately 14% of RVers plan to tailgate at football games this fall — 53% will tailgate college games and 39% NFL.

Results also show that holiday travel remains popular with RV owners. Among the respondents, 48% said they plan to travel in their RVs over the Thanksgiving weekend and 25% over the Christmas/Hanukkah season.

Empty nester couples are planning to hit the road in a big way, as well. Nearly 80% said they’re planning to travel with schools back in session. With children in the classroom, empty nesters enjoy smaller crowds (64%), more peace and quiet (59%) and lower cost because of off-season discounts (52%).

cartoon motorhome graphicELKHART Ind. — Al Hesselbart, RV/MH Hall of Fame & Museum historian, curator and librarian, has been invited to be one of the keynote speakers at the 1st National China RV Show in China. The event will be held at the Xiedao Resort in Beijing from September 12 through September 16, 2012.

The show is sponsored by the FICC Asia-Pacific Commission, the China Tourism Automobile and Cruise Association, and the China Tourist Attractions Association.

According to Hesselbart, he was contacted by RVIA General Counsel Craig Kirby in June and asked whether or not he would consider being a guest speaker at a large RV show in Beijing. Several Chinese business people who are sponsoring the event had contacted RVIA about providing a speaker on the evolution of the RV Industry in the United States.

Hesselbart said, “When I accepted, I was contacted by Ed Han, director of the RVIA Asia Project, who put me in contact with the show staff in China.”

Hesselbart intends to present an illustrated lecture on the evolution of the U.S. RV industry through its first 100 years. Hesselbart said, “I hope to amaze, educate, and entertain the Chinese audience on the rich and varied history of industry products.”

Besides his duties at the RV/MH Hall of Fame, Hesselbart is a frequent speaker at RV rallies and events across the United States. This trip to China will not be his first. In 2010 he was one of four U.S. representatives who participated in the 3rd Annual Hangzhou China Outdoor Lifestyle Show in support of the growing Chinese RV industry.

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