RV Show Keeps Rolling Despite Rising Gas Prices

By WEEK Producer

March 4, 2011 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 3:55 AM CDT

The average price for a gallon of Gas in Illinois has climbed 18 cents since Monday...to 3 dollars and 53 cents.

Exceeding the national average of 3 dollars and 37 cents per gallon.

Nick Perrault joins us from the newsroom with more on how the rising cost of gas is effecting the Central Illinois RV and Camping show which rolled into town Friday.

This weekend marks the 29th annual RV Show in Peoria and one might expect the rise in gas to steer away camping enthusiasts, but they would be wrong.

RV show Denny Johnston, says he saw an increase in gas prices a few years back and doesn't anticipate the rise to turn campers away from the outdoors entirely.

Instead, Johnston believes campers will simplify how far they travel away from home or how long they spend on the road.

Mike Byrne has owned a camper for twenty years and says the increase in gas isn't going to stop him from hitting the open road.

"We camp down in southern Missouri and probably what we will do is drive down and stay a little longer rather than driving around and doing a lot of exploring, while we are down there, we will stay at the campground and do some short trips, but nothing major. We have such a desire to travel and to camp that we would do what we could to adjust for that," Byrne.

Byrne says he anticipates his travels will keep him in a 50 to 60 mile radius away from his home town.

If you love the outdoors and camping head down to the Peoria Civic Center. The RV show is open Saturday from 10am-to-8pm and again Sunday from 11 to 5.

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