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In Pictures: Highlights from the 2014 International RV Show

The Toronto International RV Show took place from February 27 to March 2. Here's a preview of this year's models.

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The Canadian RV industry is valued at over $3-billion, and sales increased 18.4 per cent in 2010.

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Five hundred models were on display at the International RV Show, including Class A motorhomes, fifth wheels and pop-up tent trailers.

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According to statistics from Go Rving Canada, there are over 1-million recreational vehicles (RVs) on the road in Canada.

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Travel trailers in the under-4000-pound category range in size from the compact 13-foot models up to those measuring approximately 22 feet.

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The Airstream Flying Cloud is a lightweight trailer with models ranging from 19 to 28 feet in a variety of floorplan configurations that sleep three to five individuals.

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The galley has a pantry, refrigerator and a LED TV above the refrigerator.

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The bathroom area has a shower and toilet. Just outside of the bathroom there is a sink.

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Made in Quebec, the Alto 1713 by Safari Condo is constructed entirely from composite materials and aluminium.

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It also has an electric, retractable roof control and is easy to tow and park. It fits in most garages.

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The 17-foot Alto has a dry weight of 1452 pounds (659 kg) and can be pulled by a four-cylinder sports car family sedan.

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The Alto costs between $25,000 and $35,000.

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The travel trailer is the most common RV. Smaller models can be towed by mid-size vehicles: the family car, SUV or pickup truck. The vehicle you plan to pull the RV with will dictate what you can buy because of weight.

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Starcraft AR ONE 14RB - $10,499.00 is a durable, entry-level camper that is towable by most SUVs and minivans.

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You can cook with the two burner stove-top and microwave oven. There is also a refrigerator and single sink for easy cleanup. The overhead cabinets provide plenty of space for storage.

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The front booth dinette doubles as a bed.

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The T@B Teardrop trailer retails at $15,900 and weighs under 2,000 lbs.

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When U.S. production of the T@B was halted in 2009, it was met with an outcry to bring the T@B back.

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In 2011, production of the T@B was resumed.

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Also known as pop-up or tent trailers, these are lightweight units that can be towed by virtually any car and appeal to first-time buyers or families with young children.

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The 2014 Palomino Solaire 163X costs $19,495.

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Weighing 3,400 pounds, this trailer can be towed by many vehicles. Private bathroom area, sleeps six.

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These lightweights are relatively inexpensive, yet offer lots of sleeping capacity: usually a pair of double beds, plus the dinette converts into a double bed. Some models are now available with a slide-out section for the dinette, further increasing living space. Most models feature minimum cooking facilities, with a two- or three-burner stove, a sink and an ice box, or an optional small refrigerator.

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Conversions like the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter series 3500 Series is a use a modified van body and provide basic amenities in a very compact space.

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The 3500 Series can tow up to 5,000-6,400 pounds, seats nine people and offers comfortable sleep accommodation for two.

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Larger travel trailer models called fifth wheels must be towed by heavy-duty vehicles, although do not require a special highway movement permit.

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Towed by pick-up trucks with a special hitch, fifth wheel travel trailers generally have taller ceilings and more slide-out rooms.

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Prime Time Manufacturing's Spartan 1234X toy hauler fifth wheel offers double slides and plenty of room in the cargo area.

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The cargo area offers a rear electric bed with folding sofas below the bed. There is also an entertainment centre and loft.

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With a trailer porch, the 1234X model retails for $73,900

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Models are available with a wide range of typical RV appliances and some not so typical, such as a built-in washer and dryer. Slide-out room extensions are common with the large, high-end models pickup truck as the tow vehicle.

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Some people object to having to drive a heavy-duty truck when the trailer is parked; however, for maximum living space at realistic prices, the large fifth-wheel trailer is hard to beat. Even the largest fifth-wheel models are relatively easy to tow with the right vehicle.

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Prices for fifth-wheels can range from $12,000 to $90,000.

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The class A motorhome is characterized as having a bus style chassis and shape. The lower-end class As are equipped with a front gas engine, while more expensive models are known as 'diesel pushers,' with a diesel engine in the rear.

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At the top of this group, luxury models like the Bay Star can easily eclipse the half million dollar mark.

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The Bay Star ranges between 29- and 31-foot models and starts at $119,182.

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The 2014 Phaeton 42LH is the best-selling diesel pusher in the U.S. and is Tiffin's all-time bestseller.

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The motor home features a half bath with lavatory, kitchen sink, burner range with microwave, residential refrigerator, booth dinette and sofa bed, among other features.

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Options may include stacked washer and dryer, fire place and king-size bed.

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Park models or trailers can be used as an alternative for long-term or seasonal camping.

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When set, park trailers may be connected to utilities necessary for operation of installed fixtures and appliances.

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The Northlander Cottager Escape, which costs $127,571, is built on a single chassis mounted on wheels.

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