The St. Louis RV Show
The DW and I went to the St. Louis RV Show this weekend. Going to the show helps to get us through January. We looked primarily at fifth wheels and a few motor homes.
There didnít seem to be much variety to look at as far as floor plans go. Pretty much the same olí, same olí. They did have one of the new Domaniís by Carriage Inc. on display. The first time we saw a Domani was on a dealerís lot late last summer. This is a very upscale, but short fifth wheel and the dealer quoted a price of $80,000. The model at the show had a show price of $61,000. This is really a niche fifth wheel and I will be surprised if it is still available two years from now. Itís too short (30 feet) for full timing and way too fancy for camping. It really seems to be set up for upscale entertaining.
The two best buys at the show in my opinion were a rear lounge Cougar that had two slide outs (bedroom and dinette/sofa) and had a price just over $28,000. The other good buy was a two slide out Mountaineer that had a price just over $34,000. The Mountaineer was set up for full timing with hookups for a washer/dryer combo.
The model I liked the least was a Durango by K-Z. It had a price of $61,000 but in my opinion looked like it should sell for $25,000. It just looked cheap to me. For the price they wanted, I would want some real pizzazz like the Domani offered.
One RV type Iíll never understand, thatís Class Bís. For the same amount of money of a ďBĒ you can buy a nice Class C with three or four time the space.
The St. Louis RV Show seems to be getting smaller and smaller every year. Even the booths are becoming less into RV/Camping and more into home goods/home remodeling, etc. Even Brinks Security had a booth set up at the show. There were very few campgrounds represented and I was surprised that the COE didnít even bother with setting up a booth this year.