A Well Kept Secret. The Best RV Shows in The Country
A Lug_Nut tip. RV shows throughout the country each year create excitement and attract tens of thousands of eager enthusiasts. For the price of the admission you can view all the latest products from million dollar rigs to the latest five dollar camping gadget. This is the one stop spot where you can view all, or certainly most, of the RV manufacturer’s offerings. It is a place that makes comparing different rigs far easier.
If, however, you are really interested in buying a particular unit, be it a motorized or towed vehicle, better get there early, and if possible not on a weekend. Viewing and getting the sales people’s full attention can be very challenging when they are besieged by the crowds. New designs and high end units are normally flooded with people, many of whom have no intention of buying, let alone even affording, such a rig. But, for the admission they paid, they feel entitled to view all.
There are, however, other RV shows that go on throughout the country that you may not know about. These shows, many of which deal with the higher end products, are more personal and are aimed at the RV buyer that may be looking at moving up. In general they attract only hundreds, not tens of thousands. There is no admission charge to go to one of these events and personal attention from any or all of the vendors is assured.
These unique shows can be found at select RV resorts across the country. Resorts such as RiverBend Motor Coach Resort, Pelican Lake Motor Coach Resort, Outdoor Resorts, and Signature Coach Resorts are just some found in the state of Florida that host these each year. They are not private events, they are all open to the public.
I have attended several in South Florida over the past few years and have thoroughly enjoyed each and every one. The personal attention and the caliber of the sales people that are assigned to these events far exceed the conventional RV show offering. By far the most elaborate show that I attended this year was at RiverBend in LaBelle Florida. It had the same glittering coach line up as the others, middle to high end products all the way up to over two million dollars. But, there was free shuttle from the parking lot, live music, hoe down, full bar, restaurant, beer tent, hot dog stand, craft show, vendors booths, the largest “G” scale operating train set in a Florida RV park and even free hot air balloon rides in the ReMax Airship. All of this was topped off with a gala sold out dinner prepared by the Hendry County Cattleman’s Association with live entertainment and dancing. Needless to say, this two day event was worth attending.
So, how do you find out about these exclusive shows throughout the country? Ask around, watch for advertising. Ask your local RV dealer, your camping neighbor or your camp host. Following forums like RV.NET can also be a great way to find out what’s happening and learn about such events.
Let’s hear from those that have been to one of these and those who have not, but would like to.
Just Thought You Should Know - Lug_Nut - Peter Mercer