A much anticipated yearly event occurs in the mid-winter in cities all across the country – the Camper and RV shows! The exhibitions are great for keeping a finger on the pulse of the camping and RV industry as it launches new models and trends for the future. It is always fun to LOOK!
For several years, during the downturn of the RV industry, Cincinnati and Dayton have shared a camper show. This year Dave Arbogast RV in Troy, OH (a simply huge RV dealer!) sent out notices that they were going to hold their own RV show right on their lot with free entry and refreshments. Arbogast moved to the top of our dealership faves this year when they started selling Airstream trailers, and we were anxious for an excuse to go and look at their inventory. Also, we bought our GMC Savana Van from Arbogast 4 years ago – so we feel almost like family!
It didn’t take long to get our fix of new interiors and creature comforts in the 2013 fleet. I am partial to the clean scheme of light and bright composite interiors (stark white or grey) with lots of LCD lighting and plexiglas, back-lit cupboards. I also love the curved counters and cupboards that flow easily through the interior.
We looked, but neither of us was tempted to even think about a change at this stage of our camping career. Indeed, looking just verified that our little 16' Airstream Bambi is perfect for right now. We average a new camper about every 7-9 years with most changes motivated by a desired change to adjust our camping lifestyle. Although a change won't be needed for quite some time, it is fun to look and see what is on the market now, and to try to visualize what might be available down the road!
We don’t go camping any more . . . we go ‘streamin’ ! The “SIlvermine and His” is our 2016 23' Airstream, and ‘streamin’ is the name we use to describe our adventures. Stream along as we document everything from weekend trips to longer summer excursions and full-blown vacations. You know what they say: if you’re not in an Airstream – you’re just camping!
Tom & Ella Brown