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Flint Camper and RV Show runs through Sunday at Perani Arena

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(03/14/14) - If you've come down with a case of 'cabin fever' - we've got the cure for you.

At the Flint Camper and RV Show, they're thinking spring - and summer.

"It's been a tough winter and it doesn't seem to end," said Tom Boynton, of Trade Winds RV Center.

How does a marshmallow roast around a campfire sound? Or maybe an indoor fireplace is a better cure for the winter blues.

You'll find plenty of options at this summer-ready oasis inside Flint's Perani Arena.

"We've seen a double digit increase in sales for the last three years for the state of Michigan," said Bill Sheffer, MARVAC director.

Sheffer says the RV and campground industry was one of the first to rebound from the Great Recession.

2013 was one to remember at General RV in Birch Run.

"Just phenomenal. Best year the company's ever had. We've been there since 2005," said Bryan Slaughter, of General RV.

So what's selling?

"Mainly travel trailers, your families," Slaughter said.

"Adults my age are still buying the bunk houses so they can encourage the grandkids to go with them," Boynton said.

And who's buying?

At Trade Winds RV in Clio, it's Baby Boomers and, "The young couples with the job security, maybe 30 years and a little bit older, couple of children," Boynton said.

Big or small, most come with all the comforts of home - like flatscreen TVs and well-equipped kitchens.

Buyers take them all over the state, with more than 1,300 registered campgrounds to choose from.

Another bright spot in the travel industry, closely tracked by MARVAC?

"We saw more people coming to Michigan from outside the state as a result of the Pure Michigan campaign," Sheffer said.

Those advertising dollars, together with an improving economy, has industry insiders hopeful about 2014.

"We'll see another year of increase in sales, I think, and depending on the weather, we'll see an increase in campground usage. So I'm projecting a 4 or 5 percent increase," Sheffer said.

The thirty-seventh annual Flint Camper and RV Show runs through Sunday.

You'll find show times, HERE

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