January through early April is prime RV Show Season.
RV Shows present a rare opportunity to view many recreational vehicles without the need to drive from dealer to dealer. You’ll have an opportunity to check out a wide-range of motorhomes, fifth wheels, travel trailers, truck campers, conversion vans, and pop up trailers in one location, often at special “show prices”. Some bargains are the real deal; others are simply prices an RV dealer would accept back at the dealership once the show is over.
When viewing recreational vehicles, ensure you’re comparing prices of similar models with similar features from different manufacturers. Consider the options, quality and type of construction, floor plan, standard and optional equipment, features offered, amount of interior and exterior storage, carrying capacity, and reputation of manufacturer and dealer. Not all manufacturers and dealers are created equal!
Determine who offers the best bang for the buck but ensure that the dealer provides quality after-purchase service. Talk with other RVers at the show. Many have years of experience and knowledge of different manufacturers and dealerships. Most will be honest and tell you where they’ve received the best deals and quality service.
It is always a good idea to visit the dealership’s physical location before you buy and check out their service department.
The information below is accurate to the best of my knowledge. Before attending an RV show, please check with the organizers to make sure the dates shown here are still correct. Some shows may have been canceled or their dates changed.
January 7-9: 50th Annual LeHigh Valley RV & Campgrounds Show & Sale (Pennsylvania)
Allentown Agri-Plex, 302 N. 17th Street, Allentown, PA
January 7–16: 55th Annual Houston International Boat, Sport & Travel Show (Texas)
Reliant Center at Reliant Park, 8909 Knight Road, Houston, TX
Alameda County Fairgrounds (Enter at gate 12 on Valley Avenue), Pleasanton, CA
Colorado Convention Center, Denver
Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa, FL
January 12-16: 81st Annual Chicago Boat, RV & Outdoors Show (Illinois)
McCormick Place, Chicago
Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show Grounds, 1000 North Texas Street, Mercedes, TX
January 13-16: 41st Annual Minnesota Sportsmen’s Boat, Camping & RV Show (Minnesota)
St. Paul RiverCenter, 175 West Kellogg Street, MN
January 14-16: 34th Annual St. Louis RV, Vacation & Travel Show (Missouri)
America’s Center (in downtown St. Louis) 701 Convention Plaza, St. Louis, MO
January 14–16: 13th Annual Southern Louisiana Boat, Sport & RV Show (Louisiana)
Houma Terrebonne Civic Center, Houma, LA
To be continued tomorrow…
The attraction of recreational vehicle travel is to see the country, visit new places, meet interesting people, and experience the freedom of the open road.