RVing: An American Dream, Part 4 — ‘RV shows are like mega malls’


+Couple_Dog_Type A_RVIAConsidered the “mega-malls” of the recreation vehicle world, RV shows are where you can find bumper-to-bumper displays of 2014 gas and diesel motor homes, travel trailers, toy haulers, fifth wheel trailers, folding campers and truck campers.

“Multiple dealers gather to bring hundreds of the latest models and offer deals,” according to Go RVing. “This provides a great opportunity for prospective buyers to wander between different models, check out various floor plans, ask questions, meet other RVers, and find the RV that best suits their needs.”

To maximize your time, do a little homework before walking through the front doors of an RV show. Think about how you plan to use your RV. Do you want to drive or tow a rig? Where will it be stored? What is your budget? How do you plan to finance it? And, if you are a serious potential buyer, consider arranging financing ahead of time.

Rounding out every RV show are rows and rows of vendors selling everything in the latest in accessories including water filters, satellite dishes and solar panels. Also look for representatives from RV clubs, membership parks and insurance companies.

To learn about an upcoming RV show in your area, go online to RVTravel.com or GoRVing.com/where-to-find/rv-shows.

If you missed ‘RVing: An American Dream, Part 1,’ click on: “Spending quality time with family.”

If you missed Part 2 click on: “Lighter weight, more aerodynamic rigs”

If you missed Part 3 click on: ‘Growing consumer confidence’

Photo: Motor home sales were up more than 35 percent in 2013 from 2012. (Recreation Vehicle Industry Association)

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