FLINT – Eons ago, men and women rubbed sticks together to start fires and slept on the cold, hard ground.
Thankfully, camping has become a lot easier – and comfortable — in the 21st Century.
Beginning today, the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) invites those with a passion for the outdoors to see just how cushy camping can be. The 39th annual Flint Camper and RV Show runs March 17 through 20, Thursday through Sunday, at Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center (formerly Perani’s Arena), 3501 Lapeer Rd. in Flint. The show is open 2-9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.
There will be more than 50 new 2016 units including folding campers, fifth wheel travel trailers, toy haulers and travel trailers from area dealers including Leisure Days Travel Trailer Sales and Trade Winds RV Center in Clio; New Horizons RV Center, Flint; General RV Center, Birch Run; Hamilton’s RV Outlet, Saginaw; Tri City RV, Bay City; Circle K RVs in Lapeer and McDowell RV Sales & Service, in North Branch. Special show prices range from $6,995 to $75,000.
According to MARVAC, recreational vehicle sales in Michigan continue to be strong, proving that RVing is becoming the travel choice for tens of thousands of Michigan families. According to a recent vacation cost comparison study for the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association, the cost of gasoline would have to increase to between $12 and $14 per gallon before an RV vacation becomes more expensive than a vacation with air travel and hotel accommodations.
“Families are recognizing the affordability and ease of vacationing in an RV,” said Bill Sheffer, Show Director. “Especially when considering the cost and restrictions of airline travel, versus the cost of a few tanks of gas and convenience of being on your own schedule, having personal space and the ability to take what you need and want on a vacation.”
MARVAC member campgrounds from around the state will have booths and information available at the show, along with booths featuring parts and accessories, RV financing and RV rentals.
Once you’ve decided on the perfect RV for your family, plan your travel trips by connecting with area campgrounds that will be at the show, including:
• Outdoor Adventure Lake Shore Resort, Davison. Located a few miles from Flint, this campground offers RV full sites for camping, a park model and cabins to rent in a beautiful natural setting of nature trails and a spring-fed lake. The resort features a putt-putt course, heated pools, a private lake and beach area and other outdoor adventures. Visit www.outdooradventuresinc.com/resort-lakeshore for details.
• Tawas River RV Park, Tawas. Situated on Tawas River, this campground is a ½ mile jaunt to the sandy shores of Lake Huron. Fishing is a favorite activity at this campground, with the river running right through the park, but there are many opportunities to charter a boat for an unforgettable experience on beautiful Lake Huron. Visit www.tawasriverrvpark. com for more information.
• Waldenwoods Resort, Hartland. Get an up north experience without going that way! This beautiful park features large, grassy campsites, a natural spring-fed lake, sailboats and wind surfing, volley ball, horseshoe pits and much more. Visit www.waldenwoods.com for details.
Adult admission is $5; senior admission (55 and over) $4 and children 12 and under are free! Parking is free. Coupons for $1 off admission are at area Big Boy restaurants, local participating RV dealers, the View Newspapers and online at www.marvac.org. For more information, call 517-349-8881.