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Interest in RVs is growing according to the RV industry. And exhibitors at the 49th Annual Camper and RV Show at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi are bringing out the big and small rigs.
In addition to the luxurious colossal motor homes, this year an exhibitor is bringing the Cricket, an unbelievably cute camper designed by a NASA scientist who worked on the International Space Station. The camper sets up in five minutes and can be towed almost anywhere by almost any 4-cylinder vehicle. It’s perfect for young families who want to get away from it all without having to sleep on the ground, hunters/fishers and other sportspeople, music festivalgoers and camping enthusiasts with smaller cars.
More than 275 units and 50 brands of campers, motor homes and trailers ranging in price from $6,995 to more than $600,000 will be on display. All of the vehicles will be available for tours. Plus there will be vendor booths offering parts and information on camping.
The Camper and RV Show runs Feb. 4-8, at Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi, on Grand River, south of I-96 between Novi and Beck roads. Hours are 2-9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults (ages 13 and older); $9 seniors; and free for children 12 and younger. Discount coupons available at www.marvac.org, Big Boy restaurants and Biggby Coffee locations. Visit http://suburbancollectionshowplace.com.
It’s Friday, and like other home football game weekends, RVs have been piling onto University Station Motor Coach and RV Resort’s more than 500 lots all week.
Near the entrance, pop-up tailgates and TVs tuned to ESPN are packed side by side.
Further into the park, past the golf cart traffic, RVs are parked on plots of land filled with trees, flowers and small wooden buildings.
One backyard has a small putting green, while a few spaces down the road, another has a full two-story, one spot RV parking garage.
“It is really a tight-knit subculture here,” Cindy Thrash said. “I saw someone at 6 a.m. planting new shrubs, and that’s what they do, they make this a home.”
Lake Lanier fans can look forward to a new place to play this summer when Don Carter State Park opens July 15. Georgia’s first state park on the 38,000-acre reservoir will feature camping, boat ramps, fishing, picnicking, playgrounds, hiking and a large swimming beach. Parking is $5 and most day-use activities are free.
Situated on the north end of the reservoir, the 1,316-acre park offers access to a quiet section of the normally busy lake. Swimmers will enjoy the large beach with sloped lawn and bath house. New boat ramps provide quick access to the lake, and anglers can prepare their catch at a fish-cleaning station. A 1.5-mile paved trail welcomes hikers, bikers and strollers to explore surrounding hardwoods, while a two-mile trail can be explored on foot.
Don Carter State Park offers overnight getaways as well. A modern campground with hot showers accommodates RVs, while another camping area is reserved just for tents and hammocks. Although the park will soon accept reservations, campsites will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis during the first few weeks of opening.
Those who prefer a soft bed over a sleeping bag can look forward to the eight rental cabins, opening later this summer. The two-bedroom cabins are perched on wooded hillsides near the lake, with rocking-chair porches and fully equipped kitchens.
Don Carter State Park offers a bargain getaway on Lake Lanier, said Kim Hatcher, with Georgia State Parks. Visitors pay $5 for parking, and most activities – including swimming – are free. Campsites range from $15 to $29, and cabins will be $110 to $160. Leashed dogs are welcome on trails and in the campground, but not in the visitor center and most cabins. Covered picnic shelters rent for $45 and are perfect for family reunions, birthday parties and casual receptions.
Georgia’s newest state park is named in honor of Don Carter, the longest serving member (29 years) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources board.
Although the park officially opens July 15, the state will host a grand opening ceremony later this fall.
For more information, visit GeorgiaStateParks.org/doncarter or call 678.450.7726 after July 15.