BELTON — More than 100 travel trailers, fifth wheels and toy haulers were on display Saturday for the Heart of Texas RV and Outdoor Show at the Bell County Expo Center.
“It’s just one of those things you have to enjoy doing,” said Bill Brown of Fun Town RV. “It’s a great way to see the country.”
“We’re here to make customers for life,” he said. “The idea is to buy an entry-level coach and see if you like it.”
Fun Town RV has locations in Waco, Cleburne and San Angelo.
The company sends dealers to RV shows throughout the state, and began promoting the Central Texas show last year.
He said he hoped this year’s three-day show would draw up to 7,000 people.
It continues from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today. Jim Koca, RVers’ Boot Camp instructor for Escapees RV Club of Livingston, will teach two seminars: Tips for the RVer at 11 a.m. and Choosing the Right RV at 3 p.m.
When shopping for a recreational vehicle, Koca said there are three top tips: “Sit on the commode, stand in the shower and lie on the bed.”
He called Escapees RV Club “the best kept secret in the U.S. We are the total support network for all RVers.”
The club provides general information on how an RV works, and has a mail forwarding service for people who are on the road.
Koca teaches the RV boot camp several times a year.
“We get a lot of people who haven’t bought their rig yet,” he said. “We do tire safety, personal safety, fire safety and weight safety.”
Bo and Paula Williams and other members of their family were among those touring the recreational vehicles in the arena section.
RVs also were located in the assembly hall and the livestock exposition building.
“We’re looking for something that’s got three or four bunks and has the powered awning jacks,” Bo Williams said.
Paula Williams found one of the hidden leafs of clover, qualifying her to win a small tow trailer. Other giveaways include a flatscreen TV set.
Barry and Tammy Price, of Rosebud, said they have an RV and were just looking at the market for comfort and accessibility.
“We used to live in San Antonio,” she said. “We went to Port Aransas and stayed a lot.”
They still go to the coast, and also camp out at Belton Lake and the Guadalupe River.
He said an RV is a way of “getting away from your natural surroundings.”
John and Shannon Horn, of Kempner, said they own a 29-foot bumper pull travel trailer.
“We try to get away at least once a month,” he said. “We get out to a state park, to the coast.”
She said they were looking to upgrade.
“I want a Class C, the one you drive,” she said.