Making the Most of Your RV Show Experience

Posted on September 27, 2017

Even if you already own a toy hauler, an RUV or another motorhome, there are plenty of great reasons to attend an RV show. In fact, people who own RVs and motorhomes are wise to attend such shows because it's a great way to stay on top of the latest technologies and advances. If you've never been to this type of show before, you are probably not sure what to expect.

For the purposes of this guide, let's suppose that you're attending a show because you're in the market for a new gas or diesel RV. Keep the following tips in mind to have the best time possible.

8 Tips for Making the Most of Your RV Show Experience

  1. Know What You Want - Have at least a basic idea of what you want and the types of features that it should include. For example, are you looking for a Class A motorhome? Perhaps you are looking for a Class C toy hauler. Either way, make a list of top contenders and top features for maximum efficiency at the show.
  2. Know Your Budget - Crunch some numbers before heading to the show, and have a clear, firm number in mind.
  3. Bring the Family - Bring the family--or whoever will typically travel in the motorhome--along with you to the show. Having multiple sets of eyes and multiple opinions can be quite helpful, and this is a good way to ensure that everyone is happy.
  4. Get a Directory - Before doing anything else, grab a directory at the show. Take a few minutes to look it over and to develop a game plan. Find out where the motorhomes that you're interested in are located to streamline your experience.
  5. Take Notes and Photos - Your memory of what you look at will fade quickly. Unless you'll be making a decision today, take lots of photos and write lots of notes about the options that you look at. That way, you can refer back later and can make a more informed decision.
  6. Test it Out - If you're able to narrow things down to a specific model or two, take the diesel or gas RV out for a test drive if possible. Merely walking through it and around it isn't enough. If you're going to potentially buy the thing, you need to make sure that you like the way it operates.
  7. Beat the Crowds - Most RV shows are scheduled over weekends. This means that they often start on Friday and end on Sunday or Monday. If possible, try to visit the show early on a weekday. With fewer crowds to contend with, you will have a much easier time looking for the perfect Class A toy hauler.
  8. Shop Around for Accessories - These shows are great places to find deals on accessories for a Class C motorhome or other motorhome. However, prices can vary wildly even across a single show, so take your time and shop around a little first. You could very well find what you need for far less by considering as many options as possible.

Whether you are in the market for a new gas RV, need accessories for your current one or are just curious about the latest products and features, you're sure to have a blast when you attend a local motorhome show.


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