The turn of the New Year marks the beginning of RV show season across the country. Regardless of whether you are in the market for a new RV or just want to see what the RVing lifestyle has to offer, attending a big city RV show should be on your “must do” list for 2016.
By attending an RV show, there’s the opportunity to view the various types of RVs, compare different layouts and shop various manufacturers and dealers. It’s one-stop shopping that makes looking at the numerous styles, brands, models and prices easy.
A big city RV show will typically bring together dozens of RV dealers from a large region, saving you the time and money it would take to drive the hundreds of miles to visit all of their dealerships. At a RV show you can also view the hundreds of RVs at your leisure without being tied to a salesperson as you would at a dealership. However, when you have a question, a salesperson or knowledgeable factory representative is never far away.
If you’re not sure whether you want a towable (non-motorized) or motorized RV, an RV show is the perfect venue to help with the decision by being able to compare both types without leaving the show. Who knows, maybe you’ll determine that a travel trailer or a fold-down provides everything you’re looking for in your RV experience, while your camping friends discover a motorhome is the best fit. For those who are thinking of joining the RVing lifestyle, a RV show allows you to see what makes other camping enthusiasts so passionate about RVing. Many RV shows present education seminars that are beneficial to both the novice and experienced RVers alike. Seminar topics may range from where to go with an RV to general maintenance tips and information to becoming a host in a state park or national campground.
Many enjoy attending a RV show just to see the latest and greatest in RVing and camping accessories. If you are interested in the most innovative gadgets or want to research campgrounds for your next RV adventure, RV shows provide the most current information all in one place. RV shows also offer the opportunity to discover the many benefits of RVing from the freedom and flexibility of creating your own schedule to traveling with all the comforts of home (including the kitchen sink). Plus, it is a great chance to visit with other camping enthusiasts who share your interests. Even if you are not currently enjoying the RV lifestyle, attending a show can be worth the price of admission. You might discover a hidden passion or just enjoy a leisurely day dreaming about the perfect getaway. Either way, you’ll be amazed at the available features, technology and the affordability that RVs provide. The next time an RV show is in your area, check it out. You never know what adventure in RVing awaits you!
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Click here for a short informational video listing the benefits of attending a RV show hosted by longtime RV experts Gary Bunzer and Chuck Woodbury.
Dave Helgeson’s many roles in the RV industry started before he even had a driver’s license. His grandparents and father owned an RV dealership before the term “RV” had been coined, and Dave played a pivotal role in nearly every position of an RV dealership. He and his wife Cheri launched their own RV dealership in the Pacific Northwest. The duo also spent 29 years overseeing regional RV shows. Dave has also served as President of a local chapter of the Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA), worked on the board of advisors for the RV Technician Program of a local technical college, and served as a board member of the Manufactured Home and RV Association. Dave’s reputation earned him the title of “The foremost expert on boondocking,” bestowed by RV industry icon, the late Gary Bunzer (The RV Doctor). When he’s not out boondocking, you’ll find Dave in the spotlight at RV shows across the country, giving seminars about all things RVing. He and Cheri currently roam in their fifth travel trailer, with Dave doing all the service, repair and modifications to his own unit.
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