Monday, December 4, 2023


Are you planning on attending an RV show in 2020?

As you are probably aware, many RV shows have already been cancelled this year because of the coronavirus. However, as we inch into the second half of the year, with more states opening up, shows are saying they’ll still go on…

The big Hershey RV Show is in question right now. Camping World recently pulled out, so will the show continue without them? (Read more about that here.) If the show does run as planned, will you attend? Will you attend another show in the coming months? Will you attend multiple shows?

Please vote in the poll below and leave a comment. We’re curious to hear your thoughts.


Emily Woodbury
Emily Woodbury
Emily Woodbury is the editor here at She was lucky enough to grow up alongside two traveling parents, one domestically by RV (yep, Chuck Woodbury) and the other for international adventures, and has been lucky to see a great deal of our world (and counting!). She lives near Seattle with her dog and chickens. When she's not cranking out 700+ newsletters for she's hiking, cooking or, well, probably traveling.



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Hesn (@guest_86453)
3 years ago

Not unless it’s a virtual RV show …

Vanessa Simmons (@guest_84076)
3 years ago

I get more out of going to rallies. Lots of vendors for accessories and lots of seminars plus new RVs at most.

TravelingMan (@guest_83512)
3 years ago

Over the last few years, many RV shows we have attended neglect to bring in the longer, more luxurious 5th wheels. And when they do, they bring stripped models or models that look like hospitals (all white). IOHO, it seems that the manufacturers have completely forgotten who the audience is on these larger rigs for full timers.

When we go, we are always hopeful for more seminars. Lately, there are hardly any. Where are the safety seminars about what you need to pull an RV? Or licensing requirements? Or Boondocking opportunities? Or parts junk yard and salvage information?

We don’t care for 1M screaming kids jumping around and spilling drinks in all the RV’s (much less the strollers inside the RV’s).

We don’t care for 20 couples crammed into one motorhome.

We want more parts vendors there. We are lucky to see 2 or 3 usually.

We want more accessory vendors there. We are lucky to see 2 or 3 of those there.

Where are the Mobile Tech or Service Center Dealers?

Where are the truck vendors? Some people want a new truck to pull that RV with. What about the custom RV bed dealers for those chassis cabs?

Where are the dealers who have RV lots for sale?

Where are the dealers that have resorts to visit?

Where are the RV Insurance people?

How about the RV Medical Insurance Community?

What about cell phone companies with their maps?

And Internet companies and/or networking folks?

Why not have Sr’s Day? Why not have family Day? These would help reduce crowds. Instead of everyone together.

Who puts these RV Shows together anyway? Junior at Junior’s Auto Sales?

And then there is the ridiculous price of $15 or more per person to get in. And in some cases, extra for parking. We know it’s not free to have these but it’s the RV Dealers are the one’s that put this on so they can sell RV’s. THEY need to pay for it. NOT the people coming to see it. We’ll just go to the RV lot instead of a show.

Somebody should be paying me for telling them how to put together an RV show…Just saying….

KellyR (@guest_83525)
3 years ago
Reply to  TravelingMan

The Tampa RV show at the fair grounds seems to have about everything you have mentioned. Acres of RVs outside, acres of RVs in two large buildings, and then two large buildings of about every vendor you can think of. I believe it is larger than the Hershey show that I have read about. One complete day of walking around even if you don’t even go inside an RV. And lots of that greasy good Fair Food.

TravelingMan (@guest_84081)
3 years ago
Reply to  KellyR

Well that sounds like a good show we would like to attend in the future!


Goldie (@guest_83505)
3 years ago

We are attending a mini show/rally next month so I did answer yes even though your question specified fall. And I would be open to attending a larger show if it works with our travel schedule. The virus is not going away. If folks would just learn to be careful (wear your mask, keep your distance as much as possible), we could get back to living our lives. Your chances of catching this virus (or any water born virus) passing from someone while you are both wearing masks is almost zero. If you have to be around those who refuse to wear a mask because they don’t believe they need it, then wear a better mask that will protect you from them. They sell them now on Amazon.

Ken (@guest_83503)
3 years ago

Our age group doesn’t need to risk going to an RV show where social distancing will be challenging not only because of the numbers, but that attendees are typically from EVERYWHERE. Some locations are under control, some are hot spots. We’re not buying, so just looking is not a reason to risk it for us.

Bob p (@guest_83492)
3 years ago

Too much walking and my knees are shot.

KellyR (@guest_83526)
3 years ago
Reply to  Bob p

Same here (hips) but Tampa show rents scooters.

mdstudey (@guest_83490)
3 years ago

I am like Ed K, I want to see accessories to do up grade. I think once we remodel and add things like USB ports along with a few other things we will be good to go.

Bull (@guest_83479)
3 years ago


I went to a local RV show yesterday at the Spokane Center while visiting in Spokane Washington. The seller’s were VERY BUSY with many customers looking and apparently BUYING!!!

Ron L (@guest_83483)
3 years ago
Reply to  Bull

And everyone was wearing a face mask…right?

Ed K (@guest_83472)
3 years ago

No, I have been disappointed in every show I have attended. They have all the new campers there which I am not interested in, I want to outfit and upgrade my existing unit and there seems to be less and less of the accessories being offered at the shows in my area so no more for me.

Rory R (@guest_83534)
3 years ago
Reply to  Ed K

I get ideas for remodeling and upgrading from the new rigs @ the show..

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