By Kimberly Humphries
I always knew that an RV was a popular means of camping, but I never thought that the RV industry would be so large. Iwent tothe RV Show at the Virginia Beach Convention Center on January 22nd, I was amazed at the size of the RV and campground industry.There were salepeople, marketing people, mechanics, park rangers, resort staff, tourism representatives. It was an eye-opener in terms of career possibilities!
I didn’t realize just how big and luxurious some RVs are.Some of the RVs and campers at the show were small and compact and reasonably priced; a select few were like large buses with large price tags. Some cost more than an actual house and have way more than just a bed, a bathroom, and a kitchenette!
I found out that campgrounds and parks have to make sure that the camping sites are large enough fortheseRVs. First Landing hasmade a lot of adjustments to their campground over the years. There used to be over 300 tent sites and now, with the addition of water and electric hook-ups, plus adjustments for large RVs there are 200 or so.
I was expecting to be the only teenager among a crowd of adults and senior citizens, but I was wrong.There were plenty of toddlers and little childrenand even other teenagers touring these homes on wheels. Family camping seems to be very popular.
The next RV show is at the Hampton Convention Center from Friday, March 11 to Sunday, March 13. Stop by and visit the Virginia State Parks booth!