Hundreds of motorhomes and a variety of accessory merchandise will be assembled in Gillette in mid-June in a display of recreation vehicles at CAM-PLEX Multi-Event Facilities. The motorhome exhibition, which will take place Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, June 19, 20, 21, and 22, 2013, is part of a convention of an international motorhome owners club, Family Motor Coach Association, based in Cincinnati.
Major motorhome manufacturers and dealers will be bringing new motorhomes to Gillette for convention attendees to tour. Plus, other companies will display their wares inside the Wyoming Center, making available RV accessories, components, supplies, campground information, and more.
On Wednesday, June 19, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., a special preview of only the motorhome exhibits will take place. Regular hours for the motorhome displays will be 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, June 20, 21, and 22. Hours for the displays of RV accessories, supplies, and components will be 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on June 20, 21, and 22.
The daily fee for viewing motorhomes and booth displays is $5.00 per person; children 12 and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Individuals with an active military ID will be admitted free also. A Daily Passport that provides admittance to the exhibits, all seminars, and evening entertainment is available for $65.00 per person ($55.00 for FMCA members). The admission fee on Wednesday covers admission on Thursday as well.
Free public parking will be available at CAM-PLEX. Take Boxelder Road to the entrance at Broken Spur Road and follow the signs to public gate parking.
Those who own a motorhome or other self-contained RV are invited to take part in all of the activities and to stay with the rest of the group at CAM-PLEX. The gate price for non-FMCA members is $245.00 per RV (with two people); this non-member fee automatically grants a one-year FMCA membership or Family Motor Coaching magazine subscription to the RV owner. The FMCA member price is $195.00.
Convention attendees will be able to check out the latest features and innovations that are available in motorhomes. Some of the displays will include production-line units, and others will demo custom-built coaches for uses ranging from family camping to transporting high-tech business equipment, or for use as conference coaches. A great variety of motorhome styles and a broad price range will be represented.
Motorhomes are a 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 increase as baby boomers move into their prime RV-buying years.
Industry officials believe that the advantages of RV travel in today's climate will help 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 realizing the advantages of RVing over other forms of travel.
The RV exhibition is just one element of the Family Motor Coach Association motorhome owners convention. Approximately 2,500 families will travel from across North America in their motorhomes to take part in the event, and some 8,000 people will be on hand. The convention will include seminars on topics relative to RVing; evening entertainment; and various social events.
And since the motorhome owners group is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013, the event in Gillette will serve as the organization’s official birthday bash. A number of special activities are planned to commemorate the event, including a display of vintage Flxible motorhomes — the classic coach that appears in the association’s logo — and a nostalgia room filled with memorabilia.
For more information, visit FMCA.com or call (800) 543-3622.