We got in for free, but I think the regular adult admission was $15. I’m not quite sure if there’s value at the regular price, but we had just about enough RVs after walking around for about 3 hours. There’s around 1000 RVs to look through as well as multiple displays and other products to keep you very very busy for several hours.
This is not just any RV show where high-pressured salespeople were looking for making their next rent, but a very high-end manufacturer’s opportunity to show their latest innovations and products that you can actually buy on site. This show has been the largest RV show on the west coast for some 60+ years. This is not just a show for RV manufacturers, but everything from RV accessories and off highway vehicles to tow vehicles and trailers. This is an incredible show.
We saw allot of stuff, some similar from one to the next display or RV/trailer, but also many similarities of what we already own. Yes it would always be nice to step into something new, with their new vehicle smell and all, as everything (drawers, cabinets and doors) also opened, closed and worked like new. I used to ask people what they think a new aircraft smells like. It smells just like a new car. Something like a new RV smells like, just like a new car. Enticing!
We had accompanied our friends in their quest to shop for their next recreational vehicle for their travels, since they’re now retired and wish to travel by RV throughout North America. They were searching for a reconfirmation of their intended purchase outside of the show. They were reassuring themselves that they weren’t missing something, yet perhaps even something at the show would be even better.
Not only were we there to assist and support our friends with ideas, pros and cons of new stuff, but we were looking for ideas on how we can upgrade our own travel trailer since we had recently convinced ourselves that we had most of what we would need for touring the U. S. Any innovative ideas and technical upgrades were subject to our interpretation and adaptation. We enjoyed looking at everything, but we really got tired of walking around in the heat and looking at so many similarities in so many different models, brands and manufacturers. After a while, they all looked the same. Some big, some average sized, some small, and some . . . very small.
We saw displays and RVs from manufacturers like Thor, Coachman, Airstream, Lance and others. We looked through a myriad of models and classes, from Class A, Class B, Class C and travel trailers to toy boxes and teardrops. We gawked at Freightliner models and were astounded by their towing capacity. They even had busses and subframes so you could see how they were built. Very impressive stuff for gear-heads like me and fancy stuff enough to keep my wife interested. We even saw attendees that had brought their dogs with them to ensure their purchase was approved by Scruffy.
The show was held at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA. You could hear the race cars inside the track running but it wasn’t loud in the show. The show had multiple food trucks available for the foodies and those just desiring to fill their void.
We learned a thing or two. Probably the biggest thing we learned is that we had enough looking at RVs for a few years. I don’t think we’ll make it next year.
Have fun at this event and keep an open mind; because the changes in RV styles, models and features are sure to change again by next years event.
A great show!