Not My Fathers’ RV

The holidays ended a little over a week ago and already some people are getting cabin fever. I don’t really get cabin fever too often because I love the winter but then again I am a little goofy. However it might not be too early for people who live in places where it has been snowing and pretty cold for quite a while already.  That explains the influx of the indoor type events that we see in January and February. As the event schedule welcomes it’s two coldest months, dreams of warm weather activities abound even as the cold winter winds blow. Over the next few weeks we will feature a wide selection of just such shows; home shows, flower shows, boat shows, sportsman shows, etc. All types of shows that try to get our minds off of the cold weather and on to the fun times outdoors. This week we feature RV shows.

When I was young (Otherwise known as “When dinosaurs roomed the earth”) RV’s were more like campers. They were somewhat limited is size, especially width. They had tiny kitchens and something resembling a closet I was told was a bathroom. The kitchen table was the built-in type and doubled as a bed at night. Having been a Girl Scout, who when camping was sleeping in sleeping bags on the ground, camping in one of those was like staying in a hotel. I thought that they were the best thing ever. And at that time they were. But times have changed and the RV’s of today are design marvels. If you have not seen the RV’s of today, you have no idea what you are missing. Now granted, life on the road is not for everyone but even those among us who are homebodies will not fail to be impressed by these amazing vehicles. They have everything that you have at home including satellite radio, TV and Internet, gourmet kitchens, big screen TV’s and so much more; all the comforts of home at a comfortable 50 miles an hour.

And for all you former empty nesters who have family members who came back home for a few months and are now living in their old bedrooms, the shows this week can actually work rather well for all of you. You know those family members, we call themselves sons and daughters. Well pack the kiddies into the car and say you are going house hunting. And then head to an RV show. (don’t mention that destination until you are well on your way) You can start by saying that you have been kicking around the idea of spending your retirement driving around in an RV. And mention it’s important that you want to have their input since it will be their new home as well. I can assure you, that their declaration of “getting my own place soon” will stop being talk and start being action. I think you will be an empty nester again in no time! This is in no way a reflection of RV’s or people who love them. I have already said how much I think of RV’s. It is just  fabulous leverage you can garner by attending one of these shows if you happen to have “temporary” housemates. You know the “two birds with one stone” idea. So as always, my job here is to give you an idea of what is going on around the U.S. this week. Check the search box above for shows taking place in your backyard.

Ohio RV Super Show

Jan 09, 2013 – Jan 13, 2013

I-X Center Cleveland, OH US 44135

Since 1965, see over 600 recreational vehicles on display from 35 different dealers. Many campground, travel and retail booths for browsing and family entertainment.
46,000 Attendees

All Valley RV Show

Jan 10, 2013 – Jan 12, 2013

Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show Grounds Mercedes, TX US 78570

Since 1980, browse this huge and exciting show featuring motor homes, travel trailers, fifth wheels, campers and park models In addition to the wide variety of models, you can’t miss the more than 90 booths of RV parts and supplies, RV parks, services, travel and tour agents, and other related products.
15,000+ Attendees

St. Louis RV Camping and Travel Show

Jan 10, 2013 – Jan 13, 2013

America’s Convention Center Saint Louis, MO US 63101

Since 1978, features hundreds of RV’s on display and for sale. Includes motorhomes, fifth wheels, folding camping trailers, travel trailers, sport utility trailers, mini-motorhomes, van campers, truck campers and more. Plus informative seminars on RV travel, campgrounds, resorts, destinations and retail products.
19,000 Attendees

Colorado RV Adventure Travel Show

Jan 09, 2013 – Jan 12, 2013

Colorado Convention Center Denver, CO US 80202

Since 1991, boaters will find great deals on the new model fishing and ski boats. Campers and RV travelers will find the latest models and special value pricing on motorhomes, camping trailers, 5th-wheels and tent trailers.
16,000 Attendees

Chicago Boat, RV and Outdoors Show

Jan 09, 2013 – Jan 13, 2013

McCormick Place Complex Chicago, IL US 60616

Since 1931, features 600 boats on display and for sale, 200 recreational vehicles, and hundred of booths filled with marine equipment, travel destinations, camping equipment and fishing tackle.
67,000 Attendees

North Carolina RV and Camping Show

Jan 11, 2013 – Jan 13, 2013

Greensboro Coliseum Complex Greensboro, NC US 27403

Since 1990, features the latest in recreation vehicles and accessories by various dealers. Be prepared to enjoy a fun-filled and exciting sales event while taking advantage of Show-OnlyDeals on the latest RV Models. This show is where you want to shop for great deals on a wide variety of RVs, camping supplies and information. Check out the full line of new RV products at the show, Class A, B, C, motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth-wheels, toy haulers and pop ups.
10,000+ Attendees

RV and Campgrounds Show

Jan 11, 2013 – Jan 13, 2013

Allentown Fairgrounds Allentown, PA US 18104

Since 1961. Whether you’re interested in a pop-up camper or a Class A Motor Home, our professional dealers can help you with your choice. We believe we have some of the most friendly and most reputable dealers in the industry. Many of our dealers have been with us since the beginning. Our 60,000 square foot building is filled with wall-to-wall vehicles. In addition, we often utilize up to an additional 30,000 square feet outside to handle our dealer demand. Our show has consisted of at least twelve different dealers year after year, which has provided a large selection of vehicles for those attending the show. Many quality campgrounds, in addition to several other vendors are on hand to complement the show. An important draw is the Anderson’s Campground Distribution booth, where you can pick up information on over 100 campgrounds along the east coast. This show is a must for anyone interested in RV’s and camping.

RV Super Sale

Jan 10, 2013 – Jan 13, 2013

Empire Expo Center – New York State Fairgrounds Syracuse, NY US 13209

Since 1997, Over 600 new and used recreational vehicles and supplies from over 75 manufacturers.
14,000 Attendees

Washington Camping RV Expo

Jan 11, 2013 – Jan 13, 2013

Dulles Expo Center Chantilly, VA US 20153

Since 1986, The Washington Camping RV Expo has been fulfilling the needs of camping families in the metropolitan Washington DC area for many years. This RV show brings recreational vehicle dealers from Virginia, Maryland and several other states who show tent campers, travel trailers, 5th wheels, motorhomes, hi-line motorcoaches, truck campers and conversion vans in a variety of floorplans to meet every budget and camping style. What could be a better place than an RV show to explore exhibits featuring accessories, campgrounds and RV resorts, maintenance and service plans, insurance and financing? Expert campers are on hand to answer lifestyle or technical questions.

Knoxville RV Super Show

Jan 11, 2013 – Jan 13, 2013

Sevierville Event Center at The Wilderness at the Smokies water Park Sevierville, TN US 37876

The Knoxville RV Super Show is your only chance to se an RV Show in the Smokey Mountain area. The show is held all inside the beautiful Event Center, covering over 125,000 sqft of space to include seminars, live music, Kidz zone, and over a mile of RV’s Motor Homes Travel Trailers Fifth Wheels Pop-Ups Van Campers VENDOR BOOTHS Everything from generators, storage lots, parts, campgrounds, accessories, trucks by RAM, finance, insurance, and tow equipment. This area has been greatly expanded from years past and should be a huge hit for the show.
10,000 Attendees

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