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article imageOn the road at the Halifax RV Show Special

By Sara Star     Jan 30, 2012 in Travel
Halifax - It was a midwinter campout of RVs under one roof. The Halifax RV Show concluded yesterday at the Exhibition Park in Nova Scotia, that started Jan 26, 2012.
Over 70 different brands were to be found such as Cougar, Coachman,and Breckenridge, with over 200 displays, reports the Chronicle Herald. Even the Winnebego has expanded into this arena. The usual offerings were available topped with updates such as LED lights, fireplaces, and a flat screen TV that neatly hides away at a flick of a switch. Deluxe models have an island in the kitchen, walk-in closets in the bedroom, and separate rooms for kid’s play. Many had BBQs and fridges on the outside under the awning.
2012 RV models
2012 RV models
There was something for everyone - fifth wheelers, travel trailers, and tent trailers (some hard top ones shaped like teepees). Some RVs were as large as a mobile home and others were so small a Smart car is supposed to be able to pull it. One type of RV was made to haul “stuff" for those who need storage space.
RVs are mostly made for three-season weather. I was hard-pressed to find one that would get me through winter. “You want to avoid freezing the pipes,” one vendor announced. Dartmouth-based Canadream is one that promotes winter RVing.
2012 Pro-Lite can be hauled by a small car.
2012 Pro-Lite can be hauled by a small car.
No matter how attractive the RVs look, all are constructed differently. A newer model boasted that it was not made with wood, rather a “composite" steel and aluminum, making it lighter. Some took in account the wind shear factor, making outside sleeker edges more advantageous in saving on gas. One of those RVer stated, “It doesn’t make any difference, it is still expensive." .
There is so much to consider when buying an RV - enough to make your head spin for the first time visitor such as myself. At the end, I liked the advice given by an experience RVer, “Rent an RV before buying.” You can even rent one for a year, and at the end, buy it.
One onlooker noted, "You spend $20,000 for an RV and then $80,000 for a truck to haul it."
In general, many customers, young and old, spent the day or weekend strolling through the enormous grounds of Exhibition Park. Some come every year to see what is new. Others come to talk amongst each other, perhaps run into an old friend or make a new one. Charlie Quon of Dartmouth sums it up, “It is a way of life."
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