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Old 12-15-2010, 07:45 PM   #1
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What I expected in RV show?

I was expecting RV shows like the car shows not like SEMA though. I went to Atlantic city RV show, all I found was dealers brought some inventories and trying to work the deals but

I wanted to see some newest releases, concept vehicles and lots of lots of stores with accessories

Lots of disappointment.

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Concept vehicles are rare and vendors are few at most shows.

The largest show is Tampa in January and there will be lots of vendors, lots of RVs and maybe a concept vehicle.

The RV manufacturers just don't make many concept vehicles. They usually only make RV's they can sell.
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"RV Shows" are not shows, they are large sales areas.

Vendor stalls are in direct porporation to the economy. The large Pomona show has seen a drastic drawn-down in vendors in recent years.

On the other hand I am sure a "Bizillion" vendors will be at Quartzsite in Jan.

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I was expecting RV shows like the car shows not like SEMA though. I went to Atlantic city RV show, all I found was dealers brought some inventories and trying to work the deals but

I wanted to see some newest releases, concept vehicles and lots of lots of stores with accessories

Lots of disappointment.

My thoughts
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There are 3 types of RV shows.

The first type is the big RVIA show in Louisville every year. This show has displays by manufacturers for the RV trade. It is not open to the general public. This is where you will see the latest and greatest. For example, Tiffin introduced their new, small, rear-engine diesel Breeze motorhome. The vehicle they had at the show was not a concept vehicle per se, but it was a pure prototype. The Breeze did not start in production until 8 or 9 months later.

The second type of show is the local dealer show. This is the type of show you attended where each local dealer will bring inventory to sell. The same make RV may be sold by several different dealers.

The third type of show is the manufacturers show. The Tampa show and Hershey show are examples of manufacturers shows. There will be one display for each make of RV. The manufacturer will sponsor the display, and will have factory reps on hand. A nearby dealer will provide sales people for the booth, and the dealer will benefit from any sales. Years ago, sales were not permitted at these shows, but times have changed.

You will probably like the third type of show, and since you went to the show in Atlantic City, you may not be too far from Hershey. You might want to consider going to that show, which is held in September. You won't find concept vehicles, but you will probably find a more complete display of each make. They also have a pretty big area where accessories are sold.
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Major RV rallies are the place to go for accessory vendors. FMCA national and regional rallies usually have a lot of vendor displays. So too at "The Rally" - Latest Rally News - The Rally | The Rally
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Old 12-26-2010, 08:40 AM   #6
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RV Shows

I have been to RV Shows of every kind in the USA from coast to coast. There are amny good shows but by far the best in my opinion is the Florida Supershow held in Tampa each January. This is a great show with a huge amount of the latest motorhomes, accessories etc. But don't just go to teh show. You need to go to Lazy Days RV in Seffner, Fl. Their dealership is a show in it's self.

You may ask why I know this, I worked for Tiffin Motor Homes in Red Bay, Al. for 17 years as a salesman.
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I have been to RV Shows of every kind in the USA from coast to coast. There are amny good shows but by far the best in my opinion is the Florida Supershow held in Tampa each January. This is a great show with a huge amount of the latest motorhomes, accessories etc. But don't just go to teh show. You need to go to Lazy Days RV in Seffner, Fl. Their dealership is a show in it's self.

You may ask why I know this, I worked for Tiffin Motor Homes in Red Bay, Al. for 17 years as a salesman.
redbayjojo. I couldn't agree with you more. I have my reservations at Lazy Days during the Tampa show. Made them 6 months ago
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Hi redbayjojo,
Welcome to iRV2. I agree with you. The Tampa show is the best. I go every year. If you get the chance, come to the iRV2 social. It will be in a tent at the Newmar Kountry Klub (NKK) rally site. The NKK rigs will be near the Orient road entrance. It is on the West side of the show. If you go to the Newmar exhibit area, go straight West and exit the show and continue to go straight. You'll see the tent. The iRV2 social is on Friday, 1/14 at 5 PM. Snacks are provided. Bring your own beverage (no alcohol) and chair.
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How about campsites in the area of the Florida supershow? Any good ones, as we are planning on attending this year. Also am considering the Ft Myers show the following week. Has anyone attended this show and how does it compare?
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