A Unique Insider’s Guide to Your Best RV Show Experience

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A Unique Insider’s Guide to Your Best RV Show Experience

We’ve been doing RV shows for a long time and we’re passionate about educating RV enthusiasts. You may have attended more shows than you can count and you might have learned a lot about RVs but our goal has been to help you get the most out of an RV show. You definitely want to prepare ahead of time and have a plan of action, because it’s easy to get exhausted and distracted or miss out on opportunities to get the answers you’re looking for.
Large RV shows like the Sacramento RV Show offer so much to see and learn and do that it’ll make your head spin. Be prepared ahead of time—and take a cue from the insiders about how to get the most out of the show.

RV Show Secrets from the Pros

We assembled our top tips for getting the most out of an RV show so your attendance will be enjoyable and educational. Here are some of our top tips:

Get a Game Plan and prepare ahead of time

Determine your goals and stick to them. Shows are huge and it’s easy to get sidetracked once you’re there. Agree ahead of time on your priorities and what you need to get out of the show. Are you just browsing to get an idea of what you want, or are you looking for a specific type of RV? Are you looking to trade your RV or are you a First Time RVer?
If you’re browsing here’s some quick, easy tips to cover a lot of ground in a short time:
  •          Map out a plan to walk the whole floor on day 1
  •           Come back on day 2 to look at specific models.
  •           If you’re a first-time buyer, we have a great way to help you envision your dream RV. 
  •           Write a list of questions that you need to ask
  •           If you know what you’re looking for, take with you a list of must-have amenities, floor plans, and features so that you can compare RVs. 
The amenities you get in an RV will cause you to say this

Take lots of photos and notes, ask lots of questions

Don’t be afraid of looking like a first timer—especially if you are a rookie! RV shows are the place to get all the information you can, and most of the people at the show are just as new to RVing as you are. Sales and factory personnel are happy to answer your questions.
  •         Pro Tip 1: In case you forget some of the information you hear at the RV show, take lots of notes and photos.
  •          Pro Tip 2: You should document as much of your experience, thoughts, reactions, and information as you can.
Create a photo album so that you can easily remember what you saw, who you talked to, and what you may be interested in revisiting later. You can also ask the salesperson to email you a video of the model you’re interested in so you can visualize your Dream RV in the comfort of your home or mobile phone and share with family and friends. 
Make sure you t ake photos and ask questions. Especially if you're a first timer.

Know what you’re looking for, and what you’re budget is

If you know what you’re looking for, filter out everything that doesn’t fit your criteria. It will simplify your experience at the show, and it will make the show much more manageable.
To do an early search, click here: http://lamesarv.com/Specials.

Be an early bird

Expect crowds at an RV show. If you get there early (especially on a weekday), you’ll have some time before you have to compete for a sales reps attention or elbow your way around a cramped RV kitchen. And make sure you hit your highest priorities first, before the crowds arrive.

Try it out before you buy

Don’t just walk through the RVs at the show—pretend you’re actually RVing. Sit behind the wheel and go through the motions of driving. Rehearse meal preparation and morning rituals. Sit at the table and gaze out the window on an imaginary sunset. Will you want to sit on the couch at the end of the day and watch a movie? Do it at the RV show. Notice every little detail:

  •         What’s the storage space like?
  •         Will utensils be close at hand?
  •         Can you reach the cabinets easily?
  •         Do you have enough head room?
  •         Can you easily get out of bed?
  •         Will you have the privacy you need from other traveling companions?

Imagine you’ve owned the RV for a month or a year. How would you feel about the floor plan? What would be an issue in the kitchen? How much will you enjoy using it?

Be prepared to walk

Dress accordingly! Wear comfy shoes, bring water and snacks (and cash for food). Don’t bring a purse or handbag—you’ll want to keep your hands free for taking notes—but a backpack could be handy.

Take Your Time

Take the time you need to get the information you need. There’s a lot to do, and you might be tempted to rush from one thing to the other. But it’s more important to get the right answers on fewer things than to get vague impressions on a lot of things.

What are the Next Steps?

Visit one of our store locations today: www.lamesarv.com/locations

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