Mood is upbeat at Camper, Travel and RV Show inside DeVos Place

Jan 14, 2011 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Flint Township/Swartz Creek Advance

A fireplace in the Grand Lodge by Wildwood in display at DeVos Place Friday afternoon.

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RV Industry has always been like the, canary in the coalmine, for the economy rebounding, so it is a very good sign, to see business picking up for these, homegrown industries.....

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Go Blue wrote:
RV Industry has always been like the, canary in the coalmine, for the economy rebounding, so it is a very good sign, to see business picking up for these, homegrown industries.....
I'm not sure about the RV industry analogy, but it's awesome to see some upbeat moods about spending money. Still, until the housing market rebounds, and business owners get some grip on where our lawmakers are taking this country, our economy will continue to be on life support.
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I'm not sure about the RV industry analogy, but it's awesome to see some upbeat moods about spending money. Still, until the housing market rebounds, and business owners get some grip on where our lawmakers are taking this country, our economy will continue to be on life support.
Years ago, we lived in Sturgis and my wife worked at Coachman in Middlebury, and i worked at a mobile home factory in Shipshewana....good honest work, did'nt pay that much, but we were still young and i did carpentry with some of the Amish guys.....Back then, Elkhart had RV lots on both sides of the main street.....about late 70's.....
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_Dingo wrote:
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I'm not sure about the RV industry analogy, but it's awesome to see some upbeat moods about spending money. Still, until the housing market rebounds, and business owners get some grip on where our lawmakers are taking this country, our economy will continue to be on life support.
Can always count on a depressing, doom and gloom response from you----have you ever even once try and look at the glass being half full-------

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Go Blue wrote:
<quoted text> Years ago, we lived in Sturgis and my wife worked at Coachman in Middlebury, and i worked at a mobile home factory in Shipshewana....good honest work, did'nt pay that much, but we were still young and i did carpentry with some of the Amish guys.....Back then, Elkhart had RV lots on both sides of the main street.....about late 70's.....
Good people to learn your carpentry craft from, the Amish. Bet you're a pretty skilled craftsman! I'd guess the 70's were the beginning of the RV boom. I wonder if RVing has hit a downturn, like new hunters, simply because not as many kids are growing up doing it with their parents. Hopefully that's not the case, because some of our family's best memories are from cross-country RV trips.

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<quoted text>Can always count on a depressing, doom and gloom response from you----have you ever even once try and look at the glass being half full-------
Oh sorry, didn't realize it was my responsibility to wipe your nose and give you a cookie.
You're right! That $14 trillion deficit Obama just crested is awesome- we just set a record!! WooHooooOOO!!!!!
I think 'Teletubbies' is on ... maybe that's more your speed of upbeat programming :)

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Jan 16, 2011
 
RV's are great. Love mine. It's a great way to get away and have some great times with friends and family.
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I still say, if the RV industry, is on the go, that is a very good sign for our domestic economy............though sad, it could also signal that those with disposable income, may be thinking......f*ck it, if it's all turned bad, at least i will have a good time....lol....
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Go Blue wrote:
I still say, if the RV industry, is on the go, that is a very good sign for our domestic economy..........though sad, it could also signal that those with disposable income, may be thinking......f*ck it, if it's all turned bad, at least i will have a good time....lol....
When people no longer can afford a home, of course living out of a camper is the next best thing. So I see the RV industry doing A-OK.
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You do know, that regionally, there is a very slow recovery going on, regardless of all the pessimism? I love Michigan, but it is in no way, the center of the universe anymore.....
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I'm glad to see things on the upturn, but for me, I can stay at a lot of hotels for the price of an RV and a truck to haul it with.
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You would think that the $3 gas, would be numbing enough, eh?

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I know someone who works for a dealer and they are always busy. Though I agree with Old Rocker I would prefer to stay at a hotel or rustic resort stay for a week and go home, no maintenance and no finding a place to store it. To each his own.

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Not really, when we bought our 5th wheel, we wanted the slide for added space. It's now just my husband and myself as the kids are now adults and busy with their own lifes. We have property up north that we put it on. At the time of purchasing our RV, they were asking about our vehicle for transporting, and we said it would not be an issue as it would be stationary. The dealer was not surprised at all, as he said many purchasing RV's are doing the same thing. They find places for permanant campgrounds, property etc. Great place for kids to make friends for a lifetime. It's a fantastic getaway. My kids use it sometimes when they have some time off. The river, with the kayaks are available. Very few sirens. Campfire outside. Food in fridge and everyone is good to go.
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You would think that the $3 gas, would be numbing enough, eh?

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I agree with the hotel and rustic resort, but hotels require you to go out to eat too much. I get sick of it after a few days. Kids in a hotel are good for a few days too, but being able to ride their bikes about, play games, and meet new kids are just different at campground vs hotel. Years ago, we stayed in a suite w/kids, we found a note under our door the next morning about a couple supposedly saving for a long time to have a special nite for their anniversay and how our kids were noisy. It wasn't our kids running up and down the hall, it was someone elses. We were taking our kids out for a treat with meals/pool/play, but blamed for something we didn't do. Next trip was campground and never strayed since.
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I know someone who works for a dealer and they are always busy. Though I agree with Old Rocker I would prefer to stay at a hotel or rustic resort stay for a week and go home, no maintenance and no finding a place to store it. To each his own.

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I agree with the hotel and rustic resort, but hotels require you to go out to eat too much. I get sick of it after a few days. Kids in a hotel are good for a few days too, but being able to ride their bikes about, play games, and meet new kids are just different at campground vs hotel. Years ago, we stayed in a suite w/kids, we found a note under our door the next morning about a couple supposedly saving for a long time to have a special nite for their anniversay and how our kids were noisy. It wasn't our kids running up and down the hall, it was someone elses. We were taking our kids out for a treat with meals/pool/play, but blamed for something we didn't do. Next trip was campground and never strayed since.
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I agree on the hotel thing its okay for a couple but a bunch of kids can be a little chaotic. I like resorts on lakes the kids can play and swim and run, most resorts I have been to have fire pits and you can cook your own food, of course you bring the grill too.
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Not really, when we bought our 5th wheel, we wanted the slide for added space. It's now just my husband and myself as the kids are now adults and busy with their own lifes. We have property up north that we put it on. At the time of purchasing our RV, they were asking about our vehicle for transporting, and we said it would not be an issue as it would be stationary. The dealer was not surprised at all, as he said many purchasing RV's are doing the same thing. They find places for permanant campgrounds, property etc. Great place for kids to make friends for a lifetime. It's a fantastic getaway. My kids use it sometimes when they have some time off. The river, with the kayaks are available. Very few sirens. Campfire outside. Food in fridge and everyone is good to go.
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That scenario had come to mind, as i was reading your post......i love checking out real estate, here on Topix, and have seen properties, where if you had a small Rv, it would be it's own resort....exactly, i agree......
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<quoted text> That scenario had come to mind, as i was reading your post......i love checking out real estate, here on Topix, and have seen properties, where if you had a small Rv, it would be it's own resort....exactly, i agree......
5th wheels & small campers......It is gonna be the future of amerikkan housing!
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I would agree that parking an RV on a semi-permanent basis is not a bad idea if it's in the right location. It would be much more affordable than owning a cottage or a cabin. I would think many people do this more for social reasons than for "camping" reasons.
For myself, I wouldn't like being in such close proximity with my neighbors or traffic.
For example, I cannot understand why anyone would want to set up a permanent camp at the RV park at the 17 Mile Rd exit up by Cedar Springs. It's just spitting distance from the noisy freeway.
Oh well, whatever blows your hair back I guess. To each his own.

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I agree with the social issue too, when kids were younger it was great for that time in our lives. Now stationary is perfect for this point in our lives. Thought about building cabin on property, but this was much more economical.

I never understand that campground on 17 Mile either. Just blows me away, but hey, like you said what ever floats your boat.
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I would agree that parking an RV on a semi-permanent basis is not a bad idea if it's in the right location. It would be much more affordable than owning a cottage or a cabin. I would think many people do this more for social reasons than for "camping" reasons.
For myself, I wouldn't like being in such close proximity with my neighbors or traffic.
For example, I cannot understand why anyone would want to set up a permanent camp at the RV park at the 17 Mile Rd exit up by Cedar Springs. It's just spitting distance from the noisy freeway.
Oh well, whatever blows your hair back I guess. To each his own.

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