POMONA, Calif. -- The motorhome is considered by many to be a vehicle of maximum travel options. It is enjoyed by vacationing families, utilized by traveling businesspeople, used by professional entertainers on concert tours, and employed to transport anglers and other sports enthusiasts. It is used by businesses to display products or to host conferences, it serves as a mobile dressing room for TV and film stars, and it functions as a remote mobile studio for television news/sports operations and for radio shows.
The motorhome is a vehicle of countless purposes. Almost any travel need or desire can be satisfied by a motorhome through the various innovations now being offered on the latest production-line and custom conversion models. In addition to being used for travel and outdoor recreation, RVs are being employed throughout the year for a variety of other purposes, such as hosting tailgate parties at sporting events and pursuing special interests such as horse, dog, antique shows and other hobbies.
Motorhomes are an increasingly popular travel option. According to a recent consumer study conducted by the University of Michigan, U.S. ownership of RVs has reached record levels. Nearly one in 12 U.S. vehicle-owning households now owns an RV. In addition, the potential for future growth in RV ownership in general in the United States is considerable. Sales of recreation vehicles are expected to continue to increase as baby boomers move into their prime RV-buying years.
According to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), factory-to-dealer deliveries of RVs reached a 27-year high in 2005. Strong RV sales are expected to continue during the decade ahead. Industry officials believe that the advantages of RV travel in today's climate are helping to drive market growth. Families want to spend quality time together and prefer the greater freedom, flexibility, control, and comfort RVs provide. Younger consumers and empty-nesters are both driving up sales, realizing the advantages of RVing over other forms of travel.
A vast array of the latest motorhome models and samples of bus conversion vehicles will be assembled at Fairplex in Pomona on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, March 20, 21, 22, and 23. Major manufacturers and dealers from across North America will display motorhome models in all styles and sizes. Approximately 800 display vehicles will be open for inspection, some of which will be models of custom-made handiwork.
A special viewing of the motorhome exhibits will be held on Monday, March 20, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Those who attend this event will also enjoy musical entertainment and the opportunity to take part in a special seminar titled "Selecting The Right Motorhome For Your Needs." This seminar will be held from 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. that afternoon in Fairplex Building 7 (Seminar 7). The cost is $7.00 per person to view motorhomes; seminar included (children 12 and under admitted free with an accompanying adult). A Daily Passport that provides admittance to the exhibits, seminars, and daytime and evening entertainment is available for $45.00 per person. The admission fee on Monday covers admission on Tuesday as well. Public parking (self parking) will be available at Fairplex Gate 9 off White Avenue. The fairgrounds parking fee is $8 per day; $16 per day for RVs. VIP parking is available at the Sheraton Suites for a cost of $10.
Beginning on Tuesday morning, it will be possible to view RV components and accessories as well. Booth and motorhome viewing hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
The RV exhibition is just one element of an international convention of a motorhome owners' club, the Family Motor Coach Association. Nearly 4,000 motorhomes and some 10,000 to 12,000 people are expe