Freeman Coliseum hosts RV show through weekend

Hundreds of RVs at annual show

Author: Matt Rivers, Video Journalist,
Published On: Jan 05 2012 06:09:39 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 05 2012 08:00:46 PM CST

Homes-on-wheels are on display this week at the Freeman Coliseum.

The South Texas RV Supersale has hundreds of models to see through the weekend.

There's big ones, little ones, RVs that drive themselves, and campers you pull along.

Six local dealers brought about 300 units with them this year, parking them both inside the coliseum and out in the parking lot.

"It's a good time for our industry, the economy is coming back and we expect a very, very, very good show this year," said Clark McEwen, the executive director of the Texas RV Association.

A good show means lots of sales, and dealers were already pitching potential buyers. Some were first timers, while others were long time RV owners like Dawn Powers.

"We're here just to see if we're interested in upgrading what we already have," said Powers.

She'll have lots to choose from, with price tags from about $6,000 to $100,006.

If you want something really luxurious, though, feel free to check out the 42-foot Itasca model. It runs for about $320,000.

Granite counter-tops, solid oak doors, and a full-size fridge are just a few of the amenities offered. A practical outside with lots of storage seals the deal, but that monster-on-wheels only gets about 6 miles per gallon.

But Clark McEwen argued that it's still the cheapest way to vacation. Dawn Powers agreed.

"When you really compute it out on a day to day basis, it's just as cheap to do it in an RV," said Powers.

You can see a slideshow of photos from the RV show here.