2011 houston rv show

We spent a few hours yesterday roaming Reliant Hall looking at the new RVs on display. I noticed three trends with the displays.

  1. The huge Class A units were a larger presence than last year. Seems the “to hell with the money, I want it big” crowd is really being catered to.
  2. Bumper pull and fifth wheel rigs jumped on the lightweight bandwagon, although I had a hard time reconciling “lightweight” to some of the specs posted on the units. One dealer had units plastered with posters that said, “I’m half-ton towable.” The 10,000 pound specs made me lift an eyebrow.
  3. The smaller < 20 foot rigs had a better representation this year. I’m just disappointed that the Forest River R-Pod was not there, especially after our dealer said he would be.

The only downside of the show was that Ain’t Leo wants to trade the R-Pod for a Thor Zinger 23FB. I guess we will be going out to the dealer tomorrow to have a look at inventory. I’ll keep you posted on the upcoming shopping spree.

IMG_0229This is the Visa unit that BillyBob was telling us about during our last roundup. It’s a nice rig and really lightweight, but Ain’t Leo likes the Zinger better.

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The picture on the right shows Ain’t Leo checking out the Zinger. We like the rig, it’ll tow easily with our F-150 and it has more room than our current trailer. If we decided to trade I’ll miss our screen room, but it’ll be a small trade-off.

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