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What Are RV Shows?

Jeremy Laukkonen
Jeremy Laukkonen

A recreational vehicle (RV) show is an exhibition that involves manufacturers, dealers, and vendors gathering together to provide the public with access to the latest models of campers, trailers, and motorhomes as well as related goods and services. Some shows focus on one type of recreational vehicle or a specific category, such as luxury RVs, though many are more general in nature. RV shows often take place in stadiums or other large, indoor areas so that people can examine the vehicles without needing to worry about inclement weather. Local dealers are typically represented, and it is often possible to make arrangements to purchase an RV before leaving the show. Visiting RV shows entirely just for fun is also common, and some people enjoy viewing all the latest advances in RV design.

The main purpose of an RV show is for various manufacturers to generate interest in their campers, trailers, and motorhomes. Each manufacturer is typically represented by a local dealer that provides a number of RVs for people to examine during the show. Tickets are sometimes sold to these events, though dealers and vendors will often provide free access to potential customers. This can provide the dealer with an opportunity to show off the latest units to a large number of prospective buyers at one time. Some dealers also run special offers during shows to entice potential customers.

An RV.
An RV.

Many people attend RV shows to look for their next motorhome or travel trailer, but these events are also for fun. RV shows can provide an opportunity to examine luxury RVs up close. These shows can also provide an opportunity to see all of the latest developments in the industry. Since new models are released each year, many people enjoy seeing the various changes.

A Class A RV.
A Class A RV.

In addition to campers, trailers, and motorhomes, RV shows often include vendors and service providers as well. Vendors tend not to be the most highly publicized aspect of RV shows, but these businesses often deal in goods and services that might be of interest to recreational vehicle owners, particularly first time buyers. This can make recreational vehicle exhibitions a viable place for vendors and service providers to identify potential clients and visitors to find necessary goods and services. Some people attend RV shows specifically to seek out new vendors, particularly if they are looking for the best deal on a particular piece of equipment.

Discussion Comments


I've wanted an RV for a while, and I've been to some shows, but really, they're just not economically feasible for us right now. I can't justify spending well over $50,000 for an RV. Even used ones aren't cheap. They're nice and I'd love to have one, but they just don't make good economic sense for us right now.

If I have to go somewhere and want to take an RV, I'll look into renting one. That would give us a better idea of what we're getting into, money wise. I sure don't want to get into a money pit situation. I've heard it's like getting a boat or a pool. The two best days of owning an RV are the day you buy it and the day you sell it.


I went to an RV show when I was in my early 20s. I was fascinated by the different models and kinds of RVs that were available. It seemed like they had everything. I would have loved one to park in my parents' backyard so I could be by myself occasionally.

I still think it's interesting how the manufacturers are able to fit so many features into a small space like an RV. I've watched the extreme RV shows and watched how they build these vehicles, and I still don't understand how they manage to get all that into a fixed amount of space. Is a puzzlement.

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