Road runners on display at RV show

Several dozen recreational vehicles, fifth wheels, trailers and motor homes have taken up residence at the Mesa County Fairgrounds, 2785 U.S. Highway 50, for the second annual RV Show.

Today is the final day of the event, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Shoppers can expect to spend at least $10,000 on a new pull-behind trailer and, as with buying a car, they should expect to haggle for the price.

The high-end RVs have a luxury apartment feel with air conditioning, heating, queen-sized beds, flat-screen televisions, full kitchens and reclining sofa chairs.

They’re nice enough to live in, which is what plenty of people do.

Chuck Beyerbach, general manager of Grand Valley Auto Sales in Montrose, said RVs have become particularly popular with oil and gas field workers who move frequently.

“They’re here today; they’re in Wyoming next month,” Beyerbach said of some workers. An RV offers “the comfort of home. They’re tired of motels.”

Beyerbach said for the cost of rent they can lease a high-end RV, and there is no yearlong lease to sign.

Loren Ellison, manager of Premier Truck and RV, said he has noticed an increase in families going on the road, using historic sites to home-school their children along the way.

“We’re seeing a lot of people that have sold everything, sold their house, simplified everything,” Ellison said.

Both agreed RVs are great for families who want to spend time together and get out on the open road, to see all Colorado has to offer.

“Just because they have motels doesn’t mean you need to get one,” Ellison said.

Beyerbach enjoys the spontaneity and the family time.

“We love to go on a whim,” he said.


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