When you are shopping for an RV you are usually limited to the models and brands that are carried by your local dealerships. However, if your local dealer doesn’t have the brands, models or classes of RV that you are interested in then visiting an RV show is a good idea. RV shows bring together many RV manufacturers at one venue. You can not only gather information about the available models, but you can also walk through their model RVs. If you are planning to attend an RV show then these tips are for you.
Tip #1 – Bring a Backpack or Tote Bag
At an RV show there are dozens of vendors who will be selling both RVs and RV accessories. As you visit the booths you will be offered SWAG and promotional items. These items can range from pens and notebooks to T-shirts and fun prizes. Carrying all of the items that you pick up at the trade booths can be cumbersome so having a backpack with you can be helpful. Also, since RV shows typically are held on acres of land you may also want to carry with you bottled water and snacks in your backpack.
Tip #2 – Bring a Notebook and a Pen
There are hundreds of RVs and trailers that will be shown at your RV show. As you view each model it can be helpful to jot down notes about the model you are viewing and its features. You can also create a short pros and cons list. When you find a model that you like you can create a cross reference to a brochure that you picked up.
Tip #3 – Bring a Digital Camera With You
If you are serious about buying a new RV or camper trailer you will want to bring a digital camera with you. You can then take pictures of the interior and exterior features of the models that you look at. To make tracking your pictures easier to do start each photo series with a picture of the model sign so you know which model the pictures are related to.
Tip #4 – Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions
RV shows will have sales representatives from each manufacturer that you can talk with. These people are great resources for information on modifications, towing capacity and special features. If you are interested in features that the model RVs don’t have then ask the sales rep. They will be able to tell you if that feature exists, how much it costs and how it will impact the layout of the RV. You can also talk to the sales rep about unique modifications that you need to make your RV accessible to functional for you and your family.
Tip #5 – Pick Up a Map of the RV Show
Since most RV shows are spread out over acres of land it is a good idea to pick up a map of the show when you first arrive. Then sit down and plan out how to approach your research. If you are interested in a specific brand or model you can target that manufacturer first and then work your way to other booths. On the other hand, you may want to look for where specific classes of RVs are being set up.