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LindRalph Gigiano Beach Park who have travel trailer currently view some many RV models displayed Lake County Fairgrounds. | TINA

Linda and Ralph Gigiano of Beach Park, who have a travel trailer currently, view some of the many RV models displayed at the Lake County Fairgrounds. | TINA JOHANSSON/FOR SUN-TIMES MEDIA

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Updated: February 7, 2014 6:22AM



It’ll tickle the fancy of a camper who dreams to travel in extravagant style and luxuriant comfort with his family and dogs.

On display at the Camping World Show at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake, which runs through Wednesday, is a deluxe home on wheels.

The size of Greyhound bus, the Winnebago is definitely the show-stealer. It features a king-sized bed, a bathroom with toilets and a shower, a living room with curved leather sofas, and a kitchen with a convection stove, a full-sized refrigerator, a dish washer and cozy eating area. It also comes with a washer and a dryer.

And at the touch of a button, the Winnebago will expand, allowing more living space when parked. It carries a price tag of $329,990, or $1,899 a month for the next 20 years.

Despite the frigid weather, some attending the show, organized by the Camping World of Island Lake, were actually buying. Mike Ruth, Camping World general manager, said quite a few recreational vehicles have been sold since Friday when the show began, although no one has bought the show-stealer yet.

Camping World brought nearly 100 models to the indoor show, ranging in price from $5,000 to $400,000.

“We have something that’ll meet any camper’s life style,” said Ruth, who oversees the show, pointing out that qualified buyers can deduct the interest on financing much like one does with a home mortgage.

For $13,000, you can get a Grey Wolf that comes with a ramp to enable you to drive up your motorcycle or snowmobile to what Ruth called a “very affordable” RV. The Wolf also features a queen bed, a toilet, a shower and a stove. There’s also a stereo system.

The wintry Saturday, with whipping wind and drifting snow no doubt affected the attendance, but showgoers apparently were thinking of sunny Florida or balmy California. Some were in a buying mood while others were there to kick the tires.

Luis and Keely Albarracin of Beach Park were talking to a salesman about a $78,990 motor home, originally priced for $100,017. It features a king-sized bed, a bath, and a stove, among other conveniences. What apparently caught their eyes were the bunk beds on the 27-foot Thor Ace.

“It’s the kids (two girls, 4 and 7) and our three dogs,” said Luis, pointing out that the family has outgrown their 12-year-old mini-van. He also pointed to the need to travel to New Jersey to visit family members.

Gina Kinast and her husband, Rickie, drove from Green Bay to see which of the models would meet their needs.

“We want to go where the temperatures are 70 degrees,” said Gina.

In a more serious vein, she said they are thinking about selling their 3,000-square-foot home on 10 acres which they have lived for 30 years. With the proceeds, they want to buy a mobile home so that they can travel and see the country.

She said they are tired of paying property tax and maintaining a home too big for them.

Karl and Karrie Brigson, formerly of Grayslake who now live in Burlington, Wis., were looking to upgrade from their Cougar 5th Wheel, a trailer.

“We want to see what’s available,” said Karl, a 1978 graduate of Grayslake High School. His wife graduated one year later.

“We often go camping with friends,” he added.



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