Pomona, CA--According to a new study comparing vacation costs RV trips
remain the least expensive type of vacation.
PKF Consulting, an internationally recognized consulting firm with expertise
in travel and tourism, found that ¡§typical RV family vacations are on average
26 to 74 percent less expensive than other types of vacations studied including
trips by personal car, commercial airline or cruise ship.
For example, vacations using a personal car, staying in hotels and eating in
restaurants„o the least expensive of the non travel options„o were found to be
36 percent more costly on average than going by RV.
¡§In all cases, RV trips were more economical than other vacations analyzed,
regardless of trip duration, distance or region of the country,¡¨ says Kannan
Sankaran, PKF¡¦s lead researcher for the study.
All that being said, the upcoming Pomona RV & Travel Show, slated for April
3 - 6 at Fairplex, will show the consumer many economical options for
recreational vehicle travel and other leisure activity.
Among the products designed with fuel economy in mind is a lightweight tow
vehicle from TrailManor. They range in size from 26 feet (19 feet closed) to 33
feet (26 feet closed) but are half the weight of all others, thus less fuel used to
tow. They are a full-size travel trailer that folds down to five feet high and
can easily be towed with a minivan or SUV. It takes about two minutes to
open up to a full size home away from home.
The weight reduction is the product of ground up engineering using aircraft
technology and materials. Walls are made from light insulating polystyrene
foam sandwiched between aluminum. Floors and countertops are also foam
filled, which costs more to build but dramatically reduces towing weight.
TrailManors range in price from $24,000 to $35,000.
The Show will feature other recreational vehicle options with more than 20
dealers exhibiting 2008 models of motor homes, 5th wheels, toy haulers, travel
trailers, truck campers, tent trailers, vans, tow vehicles, sports vehicles and
Camping equipment and aftermarket products will also be featured along
with fun ways to cook gourmet meals while camping presented by comedians
Mike Faverman and Pat Mac in The Ultimate Camp Cooking Show.
A variety of travel packages, getaways as well as a giveaway trip from
Desert River Outfitters for four people down the Colorado River from Davis
Camp to Rotary Park will be offered.
Helpful tips on RV safety and how to buy one will be presented in daily
seminars by industry expert Dave Solberg.
¡§RV travel offers great value and affordability, ¡§ said Richard Coon,
president of Recreation Vehicle Industry Association. ¡§Affordability is a key
reason why RV travel appeals so much to families. But there are other key
reasons to travel by RV too. They are comfortable, convenient, stress-free way
to travel, enjoy the great outdoors and spend quality time with family.¡¨
Show hours are 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 3 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday through Sunday, April 4 to 6.
Admission is $10 for adults, though seniors get in for $5 on Thursday and
Friday. Children 12 and under are free as are military with identification.
There is free parking for all recreational vehicles. There are $1 off coupons at
www.agievents.com . Admission tickets may also be purchased in advance on
line, which includes a free six month subscription to Motorhome Magazine.
Fairplex is located at 1101 W. McKinley Ave. in Pomona.