Thursday, February 28, 2008

15th annual Rhode Island RV & Camping Show

“Next year, it will simply be the RV Show,” says James McLaughlin, CEO of MAC Events, the show’s producer. “There are no sleeping bags there and there are no tents there. Camping is a misnomer.”

Satellite television, a firm mattress, a complete kitchen and indoor plumbing is hardly considered roughing it. And that may explain the popularity of modern-day camping.

“RV to some people means camping. It goes back to the pop-up trailers, which were considered tents on wheels.”

If it’s an RV, chances are it will be part of the show, which features models from 45 manufacturers, including Starcraft, Jayco, Keystone and Winnebago. “A lot of people call any motor home a Winnebago,” says Mark Donilon, sales manager of Arlington RV Supercenter in East Greenwich. “Winnebago is still the name people associate with motor homes.”

The Rhode Island RV & Camping Show is tomorrow through Sunday at the Rhode Island Convention Center, One Sabin St., Providence. It’s open tomorrow, 1 to 9:30 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $9, $7 for seniors (on Friday only), $6 for children, 12-17, and free for those younger. On Friday and Saturday after 6 p.m., two adults will be admitted for the price of one. Many places to camp in R.I.
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