Travel show draws thousands

Posted at: 01/04/2013 4:45 PM
Updated at: 01/04/2013 5:27 PM
By: Adam Camp, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Thousands of New Mexicans are buying more RVs and boats than ever before. And that is why more than 6,000 people, of which about 80 percent are from New Mexico, came to the Albuquerque Convention Center this weekend.

If selling five and six figure boats and RVs says anything, America's economy looks good.

That's why RV and boat dealers at the Third Annual RV, Boat and Travel Show in Albuquerque are expecting lots of sales.

"We're definitely seeing an influx of buyers. Younger buyers, 35 and under. There's still some buyers that are a lot older than that, but the 35 and under crowd is really getting into the RV business," Travis Roberts said.

Roberts said young families are buying RVs because it is a cheaper way to travel than buying plane tickets and hotel rooms.

One national chain at the show said people are starting to feel good about the economy again.

"We've seen a really big pick up in RV sales for 2012. We've actually had a very good year. Seen a lot of sales in the Albuquerque market," Jim Walters, the president of La Mesa RVs, said.

New Mexico has the highest buying rate per capita compared to other states in the nation when it comes to buying boats and RVs, according to Jim Sibert, the show's director.

Gail Baker explained why she and her husband use RVs.

"Being able to cook and shower, it leaves it open that you can go a lot more places than staying in an area and going to a hotel," Baker said.

The show goes through Sunday at 5 p.m.