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Monday, April 16, 2007

RV Road Home: Review of the new HGTV show

A new show by HGTV, RV Road Home is a four-part series that seems to be geared towards the ulta high end market. After watching the show, I view it as eye candy more than anything else, presenting the biggest and latest gadgets and gizmos being offered in certain custom RVs. The host of the show is an unlikely Chi-Lan Lieu, who is doing double duty as the host and also hosts an Outdoor show.

Some of the features that were highlighted, included ornate wood cabinets, marble countertops and showers, and outdoor flat screen TVs. Although these are impressive and neat, I don't see where it benefits the typical RVer or person interested in going RVing who does not have 1/2 to a million dollars in their budget. An RVIA study found that the average RVer is married, owns their own home, and has a yearly income of $56,000. This is far removed from the budget of many of the RVs featured on the show. To be fair, the show did highlight a few families more in that range. It will be interesting to see how the show evolves, and if it will become geared more towards the typical RVers, and not be just a gee whiz show.

Speaking of RVs, we have acquired another RV for our extended travels, a Mobile Scout. This makes our fifth RV owned in ten years (see some of our archive RV travels here). We now re-join almost 7 million RV owners on the road. For shorter trips, we will continue to expand our features on unique hotels and bed & breakfasts within our guides. We also have many plans in place to add new segments to make your travels more informative and interesting. Stay tuned..

Posted by Carl Burnham at 7:35 PM
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