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Old 01-17-2016, 12:13 PM   #11
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There was a time when we went to the Atlantic City Sail Boat Show. It was in Feb. and indoors, Atlantic City Convention Hall. Get together with friends for the weekend and celebrate the half way point of winter.
RV shows are the same in the cold parts of the country. Get together with some friends and plan out the coming camping season.
The trick is being where it's warm for the winter. Yes, I'm in Fla. :-)

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Old 01-17-2016, 12:51 PM   #12
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We are finally happy with what we have.

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Old 01-17-2016, 01:20 PM   #13
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I bought at a show and then had the dealer give me back the amount I spent to get in. We were both happy.
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Old 01-17-2016, 01:41 PM   #14
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If you are trying to get me to spend 25 or 30 thousand dollars, the show better be free....
IMO it's worth spending $30 to better-guide a $20K+ purchase... PLUS, I'm sure you could get most dealers to deduct another $50-$100 off the RV show price to recoup your RV Show tickets & parking...

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Old 01-17-2016, 01:52 PM   #15
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I like going just to look around. It is $20 at the door for the 3 of us or $16 in advance. ($10/adult, kids free; advance $8/adult). Parking is free in Raleigh, $4 in Greensboro. We spend more in fuel going to Raleigh so it evens out. Some years we go and fall in love with a new floor plan, some years it just reinforces our live of our current rig. DH has outlawed me from going because I typically find some poor slob trying to buy a giant rig for a tiny TV and end up teaching them about weights etc and introducing them to rv forums.
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Old 01-17-2016, 02:02 PM   #16
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Just went to the Pittsburgh show. Good show, lots of diversity this year. Last year we bought our FR3 and after the show this year we are comfortable knowing that we bought what was right for us. I did scan around to see upgrades that may suit us, found one or two. While we consider a big new top of the line unit we came to our senses because we do not live in the motorhome. We take little trips and the new and shiny number was way more than we will need. At least for now. On a screaming cold day the RV show was an escape and enjoyable one at that. This show has boats, off road vehicles, some booths that essentially are home show type of stuff and lots of informational booths catering to the RV resorts and campgrounds. I say, it is entertaining and worth it.
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Old 01-17-2016, 02:24 PM   #17
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Enjoy rv shows, they have confirmed our purchase was the right one for our needs. After looking at new model of our unit, get convinced that I will stay where I am at for a while. Current rig is paid for, can do a lot of camping on what the note would be a new shiny unit. Do notice that the trend seems to be less storage in the new units. Both DW and I are guilty of snagging a accessory we can not live without! As stated earlier cheap day out of the house!
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Old 01-17-2016, 02:32 PM   #18
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DW is happy with the camper we have now but since I like more windows I look at more campers. Besides I like to go to the shows, most of the time I know more about the campers than the salesman knows, that's a fun part. Most salespeople want to know if you have a truck and if you do you can pull any camper. I like to go and look, I'm never satisfied with what I have

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Old 01-17-2016, 03:19 PM   #19
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Will be going to the Madison (maybe) and Chicago rv shows. Way to kill off some winter blues.
Fun to look, get idea's maybe pick up a accessory or 2.
Same here...on Canadian side of course !
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Old 01-17-2016, 03:49 PM   #20
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Our biggest multi dealer show is early March at $10 per adult and free parking. $2 off discounts are readily available. No plans to ever trade, but just like to see new designs and features and pick up brochures (with various discounts) from various campgrounds.
For serious buyers this is a great opportunity to compare models, brands and prices. You can price shop Rockwood vs. Flagstaff with a walk of 50 feet.
The nominal admission fee helps keep the crowds manageable.

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