America’s Largest RV Show is rolling into Hershey, Pennsylvania this coming Wednesday through Sunday, September 16th-20th. What should you expect to find there? Over 33 football fields of RV’s, many of which are brandy new 2016 models. The PRVCA promises that “virtually every manufacturer and model” will be there. RV Family Travel Atlas will be there, too.
But more on that later.
First we wanted to give you six quick tips to help you get the most out of the show.
1. Know before you go…
With over a thousand RVs on display, shopping can get overwhelming. Do some advance research and narrow down your options. Do you want a fifth wheel or a travel trailer? A Class A or a Class C? Brand X or Brand Y? Try to know before you go. Shoppers who show up clueless can end up with some seriously expensive buyer’s remorse.
2. Search by manufacturer and talk to the manufacturers…
The good folks that run the Hershey show do shoppers a favor by grouping manufacturers together. If you are looking for a rig made by brand X then they will all be in one place. Sounds like common sense, right? Well, most RV shows place the various dealers of brand X all over the floor.
If you have important questions about a certain model we also strongly recommend that you ask a manufacturer’s representative for help instead of a salesman. They will be much more knowledgable and less pressuring. The manufacturers rep is an expert about his or her brand. The salesperson may be responsible for selling 10 different brands at his or her home dealership.
3. Don’t be pressured into making a major financial decision…
We are big believers in walking away from a purchase if you don’t think things are going your way. RV show prices are very good, but don’t think that you can only get “the show price” once a year at Hershey. There are tons of shows throughout the winter, and if you know your stuff you should be able to get that show price at the dealership after the show is over. Just remember that it is your money and you are in control.
4. Bring your own water, snacks, and maybe even lunch…
Food options at an RV show are going to be limited, somewhat expensive, and for the most part, unhealthy. Consider bringing your own favorite snacks and even packing lunch. You will also be doing lots of walking so bring your own water. Put the money you save towards a shiny new rig.
5. Attend a great seminar (or two, or three)…
Your admission fee also includes free access to over 25 great seminars. RV Safety guru Walter Cannon is going to be at the show and everyone should be required to attend his seminars on “RV Weight and Tire Safety” and “Properly Matching Trucks to Fifth Wheels/Trailers.” When it comes to RV safety, Walter is a master teacher.
Looking for travel inspiration from a tried and true road warrior whose been everywhere and seen everything? Check out one of John Holod’s visually stunning seminars on Route 66, Alaska, or the Rocky Mountains.
6. Stop by the Progressive RV and say hello to RVFTA!
We are thrilled to be special guests on “Flo’s Road Trip.” We will be hanging out at the Progressive RV located right outside the entrance to the Giant Center. Why should you stop by and say hello? Because RV shopping at a show can get stressful…but “Flo’s Road Trip” is just plain fun.
We would also love to meet you and help you navigate the show! While you’re hanging with us, you can also win some cool prizes at Flo’s 19th Hole and have a “Floto” taken on a green screen with a scenic backdrop.
We love RV shows almost as much as we love our readers and podcast listeners. We couldn’t be more excited to be working for Progressive during the Hershey show–and we couldn’t be more excited to meet some of you!
Hope to see you at the show!
We’ve partnered with Progressive for America’s Largest RV Show, but these thoughts and ideas are our own. See you at the show!