Monthly Archives: September 2014

Indy Fall Boat & RV Show Review

I spent some time at the Fall Boat & RV Show at the Indiana State Fairgrounds today to check out some of the offerings for buyers looking for something under 20 feet. There were six RV dealers participating at the show including Colerain RV, Modern Trailer Sales, Tom Raper RV, Mount Comfort RV, Pete’s RV Center, and Walnut Ridge Family RV Sales.

Typically there aren’t a lot of smaller trailers at these shows, and this show was no exception. However, there were enough there that I thought I’d share some of them with you.

IMG_5713 DSC_0800The R-pod has a new paint scheme for 2015. This unit is the 178 floorplan that Pete’s RV Center had on display.

IMG_5727The Forest River Rockwood HW296 from Tom Raper RV. This thing’s BIG for a pop-up, as you may notice it has twin axles.

DSC_0802Tom Raper RV also had a hard sided pop-up from Rockwood there as well. This is the A 128 S floor plan.

DSC_0803Keeping with the hard sided pop-up theme, Mount Comfort RV had two Aliners on display, including their largest unit, the Expedition.

DSC_0804Modern Trailer Sales had a Wildwood X-Lite on hand. This one is the 185 RB floor plan.

DSC_0801Pete’s RV Center also had the economical Coachmen Clipper. This is the 17BH floor plan.

IMG_5715And rounding things out was the slick looking Sonic by Venture RV. This unit is the SN190VRB floor plan was on display at the Colerain RV corral.

As the 2014 camping season comes to a close for most, now is a good time to buy. Many new 2014 models can be had at some really good prices, as dealers look to move inventory to make way for the 2015 models, as the winter RV show season is just around the corner.

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2015 Shasta Airflyte Update

As posted on the Mount Comfort RV Facebook page, Shasta RV president Mark Lucas released additional photos of the 2015 Shasta Airflyte reissue. The new photos show the Butternut Yellow and Seafoam Green color schemes. With the Matador Red scheme that initially debuted in July, this completes the three colors available of the 1,941 Airflytes to be produced.

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According to Mount Comfort RV, most of the 1,941 units have been spoken for and it’s anticipated the last couple hundred will be reserved within the next week. Production of the 16′ and 19′ models will start September 22.

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Our 3rd Anniversary Review

Labor Day weekend generally marks the time I created The Small Trailer Enthusiast web site. September 3, 2011 marks the day it went live and September 7, 2011 marks the day of my first post (http://smalltrailerenthusiast.com/2011/09/07/a-tale-of-two-shastas/). Long time readers of this site know why I started it (http://smalltrailerenthusiast.com/2011/12/16/the-impetus-of-the-small-trailer-enthusiast/) and touched on a little more of that with my 1st anniversary review in 2012 (http://smalltrailerenthusiast.com/2012/09/05/the-1st-anniversary-of-the-small-trailer-enthusiast/).

Little has changed in the format of the site over the past year. But one thing that did change in the site has been the thing I like to review at the anniversary date: site traffic. As I mentioned in my 2012 review in the link above, the site had a paltry 15 site visits per day for the first month. That seems like a long distant time ago, as nowadays the site averages that many visits every 20 minutes! The last 3 months have seen an impressive 1,000 visits per day.Growth has been consistent each year. Looking at the annual visit averages:

September 3, 2011 – September 3, 2012: 346 unique visits per day

September 3, 2012 – September 3, 2013: 473 unique visits per day (36.7% increase)

September 3, 2013 – September 3, 2014: 644 unique visits per day (36.2% increase)

My decision to put Google AdSense ads on the site has helped offset the costs to pay for the domain and other associated costs with keeping a website up & running. Plus, it’s also helped add a little to our camping budget as well. 😉 I never know what ads Google will provide, as that is something out of my control; I just provide them the space. But I think overall Google does a good job with the ads they place in those spaces and they’re generally in line with the theme of The Small Trailer Enthusiast.

The continued growth adds to my motivation to keep this thing going for years to come. As my wife & I look toward the future, we’re pushing hard to shoot for that magical age 55 retirement so few get to take advantage of. Our plan is to call it quits from the 9-5 world, sell our house, and become full-time RVers. And when that happens, I’ll be able to spend more time than I do now researching and writing about small trailers. Even though our retirement rig will be outside the bounds of “small”, I’ll still continue to carry the torch for those interested in something small to camp in. I’ve learned over the past 3 years that there’s a big segment of folks out there who prefer trailers small.

And if you’re wondering what that rig of ours will be? Well, after owning a T@B….

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and our beloved Serro Scotty…..

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it’s obvious we like camping in eye-catching trailers. And although it’s not small, we’ve narrowed our choice down to a 30′ Airstream Flying Cloud.

exterior_floorplan_16_550But, we’ll touch on that the closer we get to full-timing. Stay tuned for that post….in 8-10 years!

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