RVs, RVs everywhere

Staff photo by Clay Schuldt Multiple A-frame style campers were featured in this RV show. This model is growing in popularity because like a traditional pop-up it is easy to pull, but still has a hard outer frame.

NEW ULM — The 21st Annual RV Camping Show opened Wednesday at the New Ulm Civic Center.

The annual camper show held by Joe’s Camper Sales runs from Wednesday through Sunday and features over 70 units including tent trailers, fish houses, fifth wheels, ATVs and trucks.

This trend in campers tends to go to the extremes. Joe Lamecker of Joe’s Camper Sales said the 40-foot campers and the smaller toy haulers are the most popular.

The larger model campers come with everything including a kitchen sink. A few even feature two bathrooms and loft space.

Some of the newer model fifth wheels have living room space on the top level with kitchens and bedrooms on the lower level. Other large units use the loft space for beds.

Lamecker said the smaller units are popular because they can be pulled with a lighter weight vehicle. These vehicles are sometimes called “toy haulers.” These vehicles are stripped down to the bare essentials, but feature plenty of storage space.

The “A” frame campers have grown in popularity. These smaller campers are pop-up style campers with hard frames. This makes them easier to pull, but they offer the same security as a hard-shell camper.

Slide out options are common on all types of campers, big and small. The slide outs increase the floor space of any campers.

In terms of features, Lamecker said wi-fi was becoming popular on new models. Wi-fi boosters are sold separately at the RV show.

For years camper refrigerators ran on a combination of gas and electrical power, but more campers are making the push toward full electric.

In addition to the campers the RV show has camping equipment, supplies and furniture for sale. The show is a one-stop for outdoor enthusiasts trying to get a jump start on the camping season.

The show runs noon to 9 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.