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Old 01-12-2014, 07:40 AM   #1
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Being new to the RV scene (just recently purchased a '73 Trillium) we were wondering if it's a good idea to attend these large RV shows that visit many cities to get ideas on accessories, outfitting, etc. We live a couple hours from Toronto and there are two shows this winter so we weren't sure if it's worth the travel to see or wether these shows focus mainly on selling big RV's, which we aren't interested in.
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Old 01-12-2014, 08:08 AM   #2
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Hello Ron and Judy I'd stay away from the Rv shows as rarely there will be anything representing fiberglass trailers . I would instead try to attend egg fest in east Ont or bolerama near niagara where you'll find much information on these trailers and a fun time doing it

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Old 01-12-2014, 08:53 AM   #3
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Sometimes, but only sometimes, you can pick up ideas from other RV's and, again, sometimes, you can find accessories of interest at shows. Take a camera so you can steal ideas to take home for your FGRV.

But, in as much as 95% of what is at an RV show is dealer spaces, and FGRV builders use few dealers, don't expect much besides a few Pop-Up tent trailers and lots of "Lightweight" trailers, with the words like Feather & LITE & Compact worked intro their names, that start out weighing north of 4000 lbs, and that's empty.

It's usually worth going to one just to see what the dark side of RV'ing is up to, then go home and chuckle about how smart you are with an FGRV..

And, if you even THINK you want to buy one, there is a toll-free FGRV Intervention/Rescue line available somewhere....

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Old 01-12-2014, 09:39 AM   #4
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When you camp you see lots of rigs and wonder what's inside. They beauty of the RV show is you can go inside as many as you wish without disturbing anyones space and if it's busy, without being hassled by a salesman. Raz
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Old 01-12-2014, 09:54 AM   #5
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Practically every accessory you can purchase at a rv show you can find on line at Amazon or Camping World. If you want to look at trailers, that is a different story.
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Old 01-12-2014, 10:18 AM   #6
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For us personally, we went to a RV show when we were looking.
Luckily a dealer was outside waiting on a specific customer but they
didn't show up so he gave us their tickets.

We got very tired looking at all the units. I think the Tab was the
only unit we would have been interested in. Really looks nice on
the web site, but being a ex-cabinet maker and upholsterer at LaZBoy
factory I knew it wasn't worth the price. cheap, cheap, cheap.

After agonizing over all the different FG models we finally wound up
with one that suits us.

Now I see the ads for an RV show and I think.
Naw, not worth the ticket price.

For ideas, I can spend hours and even days looking on this site
at what everyone is doing.
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Old 01-12-2014, 11:02 AM   #7
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At least on the west coast, the accessory displays at RV shows are usually much larger than seen at any dealer, a lot of newer and more unique items will show up, and prices are always, always, always better than Camping Worlds..... And, if you go towards the last days of a show, prices get real good so they don't have to cart stuff back to the shop.

That was very true at the last Pomona Show, but the "Tent" at the Quartzsite Show seems to cater only to the high end motorhome peeps. Street prices are much better at the local dealers in Quartzsite.

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Old 01-12-2014, 12:48 PM   #8
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We enjoy going to a show every few years, fun just looking and daydreaming. We do go early in the morning as they get crowded pretty quick which kind of spoils it. Other then a few conventional trailers and lately some truck campers, most everything is way too big for our tastes.
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Old 01-12-2014, 01:29 PM   #9
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As far as ingenuity and space saving IDEAS are concerned you'd be better off attending a boat show. Many of the products are interchangeable with the RV world. However anything with the word "marine" attached generally multiplies in price.
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Old 01-12-2014, 01:42 PM   #10
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After paying for parking and admission, I'd be hard pressed to save any money on accessories at an RV show. Even Camping World would be cheaper.
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Old 01-12-2014, 03:40 PM   #11
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we usually attend the local one in march---not because we are looking to upsize, but mainly because it reinforces to us that our decision was an excellent one (to buy the outback). however, we do find it a way to bring hope that spring truly IS coming!!! that, alone, is worth the price of admission!!!
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Old 01-12-2014, 05:16 PM   #12
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I'll second the idea of going to a marine/boat show. If you ignore the ski and speed boats, you'll find all sorts of creative ideas on how to create and use small, functional, and elegant spaces. The hardware they use is another matter, as it can be very spendy, but often you can find similar or identical, less expensive hardware that's not packaged for marine use that does the same job.
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Old 01-12-2014, 07:33 PM   #13
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Great, thanks for all the input. I might check it out just to see what reno, space saving ideas I can get but it sounds like my best source is this site and our local egg fest.
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Old 01-12-2014, 08:22 PM   #14
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We like to go to the big RV shows just for the amusement - fun to look at the big rigs, sometimes find a new useful product or two, and fantasize about touring in Roadtreks and how to attach a 60" flatscreen to the outside of our Trillium for tailgating.... plus, in February, people will do ANYTHING for entertainment.

We are the people in the Trillium Jubilee with the blue belly stripe... find us at Eggfest or Bolerama and say hello, and we will tell you everything we know. Don't worry, it won't take long!

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