Whether you're new to the RV lifestyle or an experienced RVer looking to upgrade your rig, RV shows are a great place to explore what's trending in the mobile home world. You don't just get to take a peak at the RV lifestyle but also enjoy amazing discounts on RVs and RV accessories, attend educational seminars, meet and greet fellow RVers, and have an awesome time.
After a season-long hiatus courtesy of Covid-19, RV shows are back with a bang. Here is a list of some of the best RV shows in 2021 (and the start of 2022) and reasons why you should attend one (or more).
Reasons Why You Should Attend an RV Show
You don't need to be a seasoned RVer to attend an RV show, the shows cater to a huge audience. You should attend an RV show to:
Get a Taste of the RV Lifestyle: RV shows are a great place to see what RV living is all about. From exploring rig models to meeting seasoned RVers, you are able to see the RV lifestyle in action and gauge if it is the right fit for you and your family.
Find the Right RV for Your Family: RV shows feature hundreds and even thousands of rigs in different shapes, sizes, models, and makes. You get to explore different RV models and find the one that is perfect for your family. Unlike RV dealerships, RV shows give you space for non-committal browsing so don't worry about getting pressured into buying a rig you don't absolutely love.
Get Amazing Discounts and Deals: A single RV show features rigs from suppliers and manufacturers from all over the country. This means you get to explore a huge variety of motorhomes, trailers, 5th wheels, and hybrids under one roof. Every show features huge discounts, deals, and show pricing on new rigs and accessories so it is a great place to bag a bargain.
Get Answers to all Your RV-Related Questions: RV shows host tons of seminars targeted at different kinds of show attendees. Beginners can learn about things like how to get RV insurance and whether or not they need a special RV license. Seasoned RVers can learn about the latest trends in mobile living, new releases, and more.
Have a Great Time Out With Your Family: RV shows are a fun place to attend with your family. Most of them have fun activities planned like treasure hunts and funfair games that keep the little ones busy while you browse the rigs. Food trucks and live music also add to the fun factor.
The Best RV Shows You Should Attend
The RV market has seen a huge boom in the past few months which has led to some supply shortages and other vendor concerns. This is the reason why some RV shows have either been postponed or canceled. However, most of the biggest RV shows are still set to go live. Here is a list of the shows you can attend this year.
America's Largest RV Show
Where: Hershey, Pennsylvania
When: September 15-19, 2021
In 2019, America's Largest RV Show displayed over 1500 rigs in an area that rivals 33 football fields (or 1 million sq. feet of convention space). You can only expect them to go bigger this year. Rightly dubbed as the largest RV show in America, this PRVCA-sponsored show boasts RVs and campers from over 30 vendors from all over the US. This is the perfect place to explore new rigs, compare prices, browse the latest RV accessories, and get to know about new campgrounds, vacation destinations, and much more.
Florida RV Supershow
Where: Florida State Fairgrounds
When: January 19-23, 2022
Florida RV Supershow packs a whole lot of fun seminars, activities, and display shows to keep you entertained and informed. The show features two exhibit booth halls full of rigs parts, accessories, towing and camping supplies, and much more.
Quartzsite Sports, Vacation & RV Show
Where: Quartzsite, AZ
When: January 22-30, 2022
Free entry for everyone, even your leashed pets. Do you need any other reason to attend one of the largest RV shows in the country? Quartzsite Sports, Vacation & RV Show is known as the 'The Big Tent' and attracts over 1,000,000 people every year. RVers from all over the country flock to the Arizona desert and camp for days to take part in this amazing RV show.
The Annual Chicago RV and Camping Show
Where: Chicago, IL
When: February 17-20, 2022
The Chicago RV and Camping Show showcases over 400 RVs from vendors across the country. It also has booths for various RV accessories, camping equipment, towing supplies, and more. You can visit the convention center to take a look at all the latest rigs on the market.
Tacoma Fall RV Show
Where: Tacoma Dome
When: October 7-10, 2021
The Tacoma Fall RV Show is a great place to see new rigs and the latest gadgets and accessories for your mobile homes. It features over 300 rigs from vendors across the US along with a number of different seminars. Visit their website to learn more about the exhibitors, show dates, and more.
Adventure Van Expo Series
Where and When: Bend, Oregon September 4-5, 2021
Lake Tahoe, CA September 18-19, 2021
Chattanooga, TN October 2-3, 2021
Big Bear Lake, CA October 16-17, 2021
The Adventure Van Expo invites you to explore adventure vehicles, camping gear, custom vans, campers, off road tent trailers, and much more. Buy the latest accessories for your rigs while enjoying the food and music.
The Last Word
RV shows can be a great place to find your first RV, upgrade your rig, find accessories for your mobile home, or simply to have a fun day out with the family. A couple of things to keep in mind before you plan your trip:
Pre-book and buy your tickets so you don't have to stand in long lines to buy the ticket on the venue
Arrive early so you can grab a good parking place and beat the traffic and long waiting lines
Wear comfortable shows, some of these shows cover a huge area, you might be on your feet all day
If you're going to one of these shows to actually buy a rig, do your research first so you know exactly which vendors you need to talk to. The sheer variety of rigs at the show can be overwhelming so a little pre-planning will go a long way in helping you find the right RV
Don't forget to have lots of fun and enjoy your time at the RV show.