RV shows are like the mega-malls of the RV world.
RV and camping shows are where multiple dealers gather to bring their latest models and offer deals. This provides a great opportunity for prospective buyers to wander between different models, check out various floor plans, ask questions, meet other RVers, and find the RV that best meets their needs.
RV retail shows give you an opportunity to see many makes and models of RVs—at one time and at one place. What better way to comparison-shop for the vehicle that best fits your travel plans and budget? At RV shows, you’ll also find dealers and other RV industry experts, who can assist you in finding the right RV.
There’s an RV show every year in every region of the country.
New and experienced RVers head around the country during the year to check out what the latest in recreational vehicles and new products and accessories.
January through early April is prime RV Show Season. There is no better way to shop for a new RV or upgrade your current one than by attending an RV show, where numerous dealers and suppliers come together to show off their wares. You’ll have an opportunity to check out a wide-range of recreational vehicles in one location, often at special “show prices”.
The two granddaddies of the RV Show circuit are the Florida RV SuperShow at Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa, from January 14-18; and the Quartzsite Sports, Vacation and RV Show, in Quartzsite, Arizona, January 17-25.
RV shows are also scheduled with snowbirds in mind at a variety of other venues including:
South Texas RV Supersale (San Antonio, Texas), January 2-4
Southern Louisiana Boat, Sport & RV Show (Houma, Louisiana), January 9-11
All Valley RV Show (Mercedes, Texas), January 15-18
Central Gulf Coast Boat, Sport & RV Show (Lake Charles, Louisiana), January 20-22
Ft. Myers RV Show (Florida), January 22–25
Houston RV Show (Texas), February 4-8
Ocala RV Show (Florida), February 12–15
West Palm Beach RV Show (Florida), February 12–15
The Rally/Good Sam Phoenix Rally (Phoenix, Arizona), February 26-March 1
Jacksonville RV Show (Florida), February 26–March 1
Biloxi Boat & RV Show (Biloxi, Mississippi), February 6-8
Central Florida RV Show (DeLand), February 26–March 1
Greater Atlanta RV Show (Georgia), March 6-8
Panhandle Spring RV Show (Fort Walton Beach, Florida), March 19-22
FMCA Family Reunion & Motorhome Showcase (Pomona, California), March 26-29
When attending an RV show be sure to wear comfortable footwear. You’ll be walking and standing for the majority of the day. If you check out everything the show has to offer, by the end of the day, your feet will be crying out for mercy. Wearing sensible footwear will help to keep your feet from aching after a long day.
When entering an RV show, you’ll receive a map and brochure that details the location of each vendor. Plan your route through the show to maximize your time, energy, and priorities. You may wish to jot down important information or remind yourself of vendors you wish to revisit later in the day.
You may want to make notes, swap phone numbers, or have a way to write down information. Bringing a small notepad and pen/pencil if you don’t have a smart phone that can input notes for future reference. Just pop the notepad in your pocket and you’re good to go for the day.
Enter the giveaways. Most RV show vendors offer giveaways, discounts, and more. All you have to do is enter the contest. Besides, who doesn’t like free stuff or discounts on products? Several years ago we received a free week of camping following the Mid-Valley RV Show in the Rio Grande Valley. On another occasion we received a month of camping for $99.
I don’t think you can call yourself a true American until you’ve been behind the wheel of an RV … I love seeing parts of the country I wouldn’t otherwise.
—Jeff Daniels, actor