New Campground And Cabins In Glacier National Park 2019

A new RV park is opening this summer by the western entrance of Glacier National Park. They will have full-service RV sites and modern cabins just across the Middle Fork of the Flathead River, less than a mile from the entrance gates. The RV park will also be within walking distance to the shops and restaurants in West Glacier Village.

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The RV park map, via Glacier Park Collection. Click for a larger version.

West Glacier RV Park is set to have paved roads and pull-through sites that will fit motorhomes and tow-behinds up to 80 feet long. Each RV site will have full hookups, a picnic table, fire pit, and barbecue.

Their cabins will sleep up to four people and have a full kitchen, queen-size bed, bathroom, and living area with a futon. The park amenities will include free WiFi, coin-operated laundry, a playground, and propane and RV supplies available to purchase.

There will also be a short wooded path that leads from the RV park to West Glacier Village. You can browse the gift shop for souvenirs, mercantile store for camping supplies, and grab a bite to eat from West Glacier Restaurant. They also serve ice cream and espresso to-go and have outdoor tables so you can enjoy your food and drink with a view.

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Saint Mary Lake in Glacier National Park. Photo by Chris M. Morris

Summer in Glacier National Park means long warm days and cool nights under the big blue Montana sky.  Go hiking, fishing, or take a drive on the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road while the full route is open. Keep in mind that the mountain road is very narrow with hairpin turns and vehicles over 21 feet long are not permitted.

West Glacier RV Park will be opening on July 1, 2019. You can learn more about the park and book your site or cabin on their website. Let us know how your experience goes on Campground Reviews.

See also: 7 Special Places At Glacier National Park



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Best 2019 Golf Shows And Nearby Winter Campgrounds

With the golf industry seemingly on an uptick, golfers around the country are expected to flock to the plethora of golf shows slated over the next few months. Roughly three dozen golf shows are scheduled through March in cities across the U.S. and Canada.

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Seattle Golf Show (Photos via Facebook)

A few general notes about attending golf shows. These generalities do not apply across the board, but most golf shows offer some or most of these particulars.

• Significant savings on name-brand clubs, equipment, and apparel as many quality brands tend to sell off their inventory at golf shows in preparation for the coming season.
• Free indoor driving range lined with representatives of the game’s biggest manufacturers.
• Free rounds of golf at local courses.
• Putting, long drive, and short game contests for the chance to win golf and stay-and-play vacations.
• Golf lessons from top PGA professionals.
• Special areas for kids, including free lessons and junior golf presentations.

In addition to providing links to each show, a nearby RV park is also suggested. For those visiting the Seattle Golf Show, avoid the congestion of getting to downtown and stay across the Puget Sound at Fay Bainbridge Park and Campground on picturesque Bainbridge Island.

Simply take the Washington State Ferry from Bainbridge Island to downtown Seattle and then walk five minutes to the golf show.

One thing is for sure: If you attend a golf show, you know the season is just around the corner!

2019 Golf Shows in the U.S.

Boise Golf and Travel Show

When: Feb. 8-10
Where: Boise, ID
Where to stay: Boise KOA

Denver Golf Expo

When: Feb. 8-10
Where: Denver, CO
Where to stay: Cherry Creek State Park

Fox Cities Golf Expo

When: Feb. 8-10
Where: Appleton, WI
Where to stay: High Cliff State Park

Minnesota Golf Show

When: Feb. 8-10
Where: Minneapolis, MN
Where to stay: Lake Elmo Park Reserve

Philadelphia Golf Show

When: Feb. 8-10
Where: Oak, PA
Where to stay: Philadelphia South KOA

St. Louis Golf Expo

When: Feb 8-10
Where: St. Charles, MO
Where to stay: Sundermeier RV Park

Great Plains Golf Expo

When: Feb. 9-10
Where: 
Sioux Falls, SD
Where to stay
: Big Sioux Recreation Area

Cleveland Golf Show

When: Feb. 15-17
Where: Cleveland, OH
Where to stay: Punderson State Park

Kansas City Golf Show

When: Feb. 15-17
Where: Overland Park, KS
Where to stay: Walnut Grove RV Park

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Seattle Golf Show

When: Feb. 16-17
Where: Seattle, WA
Where to stay: Fay Bainbridge Park & Campground

Pittsburgh Golf Show

When: Feb. 22-24
Where: Monroeville, PA
Where to stay: Madison / Pittsburgh S.E. KOA

Portland Golf Show

When: Feb. 22-24
Where: Portland, OR
Where to stay: Portland Fairview RV Park

Chicago Golf Show

When: Feb. 22-24
Where: Rosemont, IL
Where to stay: Camp Reinberg

Spokane Golf and Travel Show

When: Feb. 23-24
Where: Spokane, WA
Where to stay: Riverside State Park

National Golf Expo

When: March 1-3
Where: Boston, MA
Where to stay: Bonny Rigg Campground

New Jersey Golf Show

When: March 1-3
Where: Edison, NJ
Where to stay: Liberty Harbor RV Park

DFW Golf Show

When: March 1-3
Where: Dallas, TX
Where to stay: Plantation Place RV Park

Michigan Golf Show

When: March 8-10
Where: Novi, MI
Where to stay: Proud Lake Recreation Area

Greater Milwaukee Golf Show

When: Feb 15-17
Where: West Allis, WI
Where to stay: Wisconsin State Fair RV Park

Connecticut Golf Show

When: March 22-24
Where: Hartford, CT
Where to stay: Mystic KOA

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Views from the Toronto Golf & Travel Show. Photo via Facebook

2019 Golf Shows in Canada

Toronto Golf and Travel Show

When: Feb. 8-10
Where: Mississauga ON
Where to stay: Bronte Creek Provincial Park

Vancouver Golf Expo

When: Feb 9-10
Where: Vancouver, BC
Where to stay: Burnaby Cariboo RV Park and Campground

Niagara Golf Show

When: Feb. 23-24
Where: Niagara Falls, ON
Where to stay: Campark Resorts

South Shore Golf Expo

When: Feb. 23-24
Where: Boucherville, QC
Where to stay: Camping Québécamp

Ottawa-Gatineau Golf Expo

When: March 8-9
Where: Ottawa, ON
Where to stay: Frontenac Provincial Park (about two hours away)

Edmonton Golf Show

When: March 9-10
Where: Edmonton, AB
Where to stay: Elk Island National Park

Montreal Golf Show

When: March 15-17
Where: Montreal, QC
Where to stay: Camping Québécamp

Atlantic Canada Golf Expo

When: March 15-16
Where: Halifax, NS
Where to stay: Norse Cove

Calgary Golf Show

When: March 23-24
Where: Calgary, AB
Where to stay: Mount Kidd RV Park

Rick Stedman is an avid golfer, RVer, and writer who lives in Olympia, Washington. Rick writes a weekly golf blog, The 19th Hole, for RV LIFE. You can reach him at rstedman@gmail.com.



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Grand Canyon National Park 100th Anniversary In 2019

Although the Colorado River has been carving the Grand Canyon for over 6 million years, the Grand Canyon National Park will celebrate its 100th birthday in 2019.

During 2019, the Park will commemorate its past and work to inspire future generations to experience the majesty and resources that the Park provides.

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Dawn on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon (Photo by Murray Foubister)

Native American tribes have always known and visited the Grand Canyon area.  Spanish explorers led by Hopi guides reached the canyon in the 1540s and were forced to turn back due to the depth and vastness of the canyon.

In 1858, Lt. Joseph Ives’ expedition reported that the canyon would likely not be able to be visited by white settlers due to its seemingly unnavigable size.  These initial daunting reports likely kept early explorers from attempting to traverse through the Grand Canyon area.

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The Colorado River from the Toroweap Overlook on the North Rim (Photo by Brian Schaller)

Teddy Roosevelt is credited with initiating the efforts to keep the Grand Canyon protected for all American people, stating in 1903:

“The Grand Canyon fills me with awe.  It is beyond comparison-beyond description; absolutely unparalleled throughout the wide world.  Let this great wonder of nature remain as it now is.  Do nothing to mar its grandeur.  You cannot improve on it.  But what you can do is keep it for your children, your children’s children, and all who come after you, as the one great sight which every American should see.”

But it wasn’t until February 26, 1919 when President Woodrow Wilson passed the bill to create Grand Canyon National Park to preserve the land for public use.  Later, in 1979, the Grand Canyon National Park became a World Heritage Site through UNESCO.

The sheer size of the Grand Canyon is difficult to comprehend through photos or words.  Much of the canyon is over a mile deep, 15 miles wide, and 277 miles long, carved through geologic formations that are over 1.7 billion years old.

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A Map of the Grand Canyon area (NPS, Wikipedia)

The vast majority of the Grand Canyon National Park is extremely rugged and remote, and many places are only accessible by pack trail.

The most popular viewpoints, such as the South Rim, are visited by over 90% of the park visitors.  Roughly 30 miles of the canyon along the South Rim is accessible by the road.  The North Rim, about a 220-mile drive from the South Rim, gives access to the Kaibab Plateau and Bright Angel Point.

The Centennial celebration events will include a historical symposium, a living history week, and an effort to showcase some of the lesser-known sites through social media and other events throughout the year.

Focused ranger-lead talks on the geology, cultural history, and natural resources will be available as well.  For a real sense of the canyon, try a guided Trekking Tour.

The best way to celebrate the Grand Canyon on its 100th birthday is to see it for yourself and take in the natural wonders spanning 13,000 years of human life, and eons of time before that.

A full list of the Park’s Centennial Celebration events can be found on their calendar.

There are four developed campgrounds within the National Park (none of the campgrounds operated by the NPS have RV hookups).  The Park is very popular, so make reservations well ahead of your visit.  The Mather Campground on the South Rim is open year round.

There are concessionaire-operated RV parks with full hookups in the Grand Canyon Village as well.

NOTE, despite the Federal Government Shutdown at the time of this article, the Grand Canyon National Park is running at almost 100 percent thanks to the State of Arizona subsidizing partial park operations, volunteers, and local private businesses.  The park is open and free during the shutdown.

You may also like: How To See The Grand Canyon The Right Way



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Top RV Accessories For 2019

There are two things that make me want to spend money on a new RV product, and that is usefulness and versatility. There just isn’t room for items that don’t get used on a regular basis, and the more reasons to lug around an item, the better (hence why we’re in love with our Instant Pot!).

We shopped around for new RV essentials and found some really useful items that should be in every rig. These must-have items will give you extra space where you need it the most!

1. A stovetop cover for extra counter space

Some RV kitchens come with a stovetop cover, while others could use the extra space for meal prep. These hardwood covers fit over most 3 or 4-burner stoves and include a cutting mat to protect the finish. You can set them up in minutes by attaching their rubber feet to the grates.

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Photos via Amazon

When you want to use the stove, the covers can be removed just as easily. They can also help silence annoying stovetop rattles during transit.

2. An extending shower rod

Most RV showers could use more elbow room. These handy rods by Stromberg Carlson can extend out to give you more space while showering and pushed back after you’re done.

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The extra space keeps the curtain from billowing in and sticking to you while you’re trying to lather up. The shower rods also work great for air-drying laundry.

3. Hidden storage keepers

Install one of these Anything Keepers under your kitchen cabinets or tables for your everyday items. This could be your phone, keys, medicine, glasses, or even important receipts. A lot of RVers have also used these bins as charging stations for phones or tablets.

They’ll keep the items out of sight and from getting lost or cluttering up your counter space. Installation is quick and easy using the included screws or double-sided adhesive.

4. A portable trash bag holder

Portable trash bag holders are a lighter alternative to garbage bins. The Trash-Ease holders can be set up inside or out on kitchen counters, picnic tables, and more.

No tools are needed to set up the holders. Just slip the holder and a bag on a table near you and you can clean up wherever you go.

5. Tissue box holder

During allergy season, having quick and easy access to a box of tissues is much needed. These Pop-A-Tissue holders will help clear up counter space by moving the tissue box to an open space on your RV wall or cabinets.

You can set them up to dispense sideways or downward. The dispenser can be installed using the included screws or double-sided tape.

6. A portable washer

If your RV is without the luxury of its own washer/dryer, you may want to consider investing in a portable washer like the Wonderwash. You’ll save time on laundry trips, not to mention loads of quarters. Plus, you’ll never have dirty laundry piling up until you can find a laundry room or laundromat.

These non-electric units are powered by a hand crank and use less water than regular machines. You can read more about the washers & accompanying dryers in our previous article on Do It Yourself RV.

7. A multipurpose shoe tray

A boot/shoe tray can be used for all sorts of things around the home and RV. You can use them to store dirty or wet shoes or even to prevent gas or oil spills on the carpet.

They could also be used as a paint tray or for an indoor garden. Pet owners can also use the trays to set down a litter box or pet food/water that spills often.

8. Shelf bins

These shelf tracks with sliding bins will help organize your pantry storage in less than 20 minutes. They provide easy access to small items (like gum, toothpicks, or salt/pepper) that you don’t want to lose in the cupboards.

The sliding bins can also hold small containers of aluminum foil, plastic bags, and plastic wrap. They’re available online for only about $5.

9. Stackable cabinet organizers

Shelf organizers can also make a big difference in your cabinets. Use them to organize anything from pantry items to your cups and plates.

When you’re moving to a new RV, they can easily be folded down and removed. The organizers are available in a two-pack on Amazon.

10. A screen door handle

RV screen doors are notoriously flimsy and expensive if damaged. This handle will give the screen door more stability and also gives you something sturdy to hold on to while making it down the steps.

The bars extend from about 21 to 28 inches. They come with a mounting template and all screws needed for installation.

See also: 8 Insanely Easy RV Mods That Take Less Than An Hour



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All-Electric Motorhome Coming to the RV Marketplace in 2019

Climate change forecasts grow more dire by the day. But a new all-electric motorhome could shine a bright spot in the bleakness when it hits the European marketplace in early 2019.

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The Iridium all-electric motorhome. Image: EFA-S & WOF.

The RV of the Climate Change Age: Iridium, the All-Electric Motorhome is Here

By the time you read this article, a real world all-electric motorhome will be on its way to the January 2019 CMT travel trade show in Stuttgart, Germany.

The exciting clean energy breakthrough in the European campervan industry is the result of a partnership between two German automobile companies, WOF and ElektroFahrzeuge Stuttgart (EFA-S). Both are known for their work in the country’s robust electric vehicle marketplace. The campervan’s electric-powered chassis is built by WOF, while the drivetrain and battery technology is made by EFA-S. Swiss RV designer, Maurer Fahrzeugbau built the RV body. The end result is a sleek motorhome that’s a leap forward in the clean energy vehicle marketplace.

Images of the interior won’t be released until after the January reveal. But this promotional video of a conceptual solar-powered RV design highlights what Iridium’s European-style living quarters might look like:

Lithium Iron Phosphate Batteries: the Electric RV Breakthrough

Until now, the biggest obstacle in creating an all-electric motorhome has been wind. It takes a tremendous amount of energy to move a heavy, tall vehicle at 65 miles per hour. A RV’s wind resistance places a huge load on batteries. This limits most large electric vehicles to a short driving range, typically under 100 miles of travel before they need recharging.

The Iridium all-electric motorhome will be different. Each is powered by lithium iron phosphate batteries (the same type used in Dometic’s new portable PLB40 battery). Don’t confuse lithium iron phosphate batteries with lithium ion batteries.

Lithium iron phosphate batteries are the new kid on the block. They weigh less, are more efficient than lead acid batteries, have a longer life expectancy, and require less maintenance than old-school lithium ion batteries. This video explains more lithium iron phosphate battery advantages:

Meanwhile the Iridium RV has a travel range of about 125 miles — for now. Company representatives say that rapidly changing developments in the RV battery marketplace will give buyers’ driving range a boost in in the near future.

“Iridium customers can benefit from the fact that battery capacity is rapidly increasing,” says EFA-S Managing Director Bastian Beutel in the press release. “The same vehicle can, therefore, more than double its range in the near future with the same battery weight by replacing the battery”.

Travel distances aren’t as much of a problem in the densely populated areas inside Europe. Thankfully, Iridum buyers won’t need to worry too much about where they recharge the batteries. Each of these units comes with an integrated charger. This component enables owners to charge batteries anywhere from campgrounds to electric vehicle charging stations.

Meanwhile Across the RV Pond  . . .

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Winnebago’s experimental all-electric motorhome.

Back in the States, Winnebago is currently toying with their version of an electric specialty motorhome vehicle. The experimental RV is so new it doesn’t even have a name yet, but Ashis Bhattacharya, Vice President, Strategic Planning and Development, and leader of the Specialty Vehicles Division, says this is just the first step in a marketplace Winnebago will be a part of. “We believe that all-electric vehicle applications continue to evolve to serve numerous end-user needs and this is our first step as a participant in this space,” says Bhattacharya.

 



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New Golf & Golf Club Rules As Of January 1, 2019

On January 1, 2019, golfers around the world will begin using a revised Players Edition of the Rules of Golf.  The latest updates include the most significant changes in the last 60 years. Golf’s governing bodies—the USGA and R&A—pared down the number of rules from 34 to 24.

Not only are there fewer rules to deal with, but they are also now easier to understand, thanks to the addition of graphics and photos to help illustrate the rule.

Photo by Catalin Munteanu/Flickr

A few significant changes include:

In a bid to speed up play, local golf clubs will be allowed to install a local rule where golfers can drop a new ball in the vicinity of where their ball went out of bounds, with a two-stroke penalty.

Scratch golfer Paul Dawson from Cork, Ireland, shared his opinion on the new rule:

“It addresses concerns raised at the club level about the negative impact on pace-of-play when a player is required to go back and hit the ball again (from the same location). The Local Rule is not intended for higher levels of play, such as professional or elite level competitions, but it does support pace-of-play at the club level.”

When taking relief from an abnormal course condition or penalty area, golfers will now drop from the height of the knee. This will ensure consistency and simplicity in the dropping process while also preserving the randomness of the drop.

“I think this is a great new addition as it will ensure a fairer drop, and will stop the ball plugging or even bouncing on impact,” said Paul.

  • Removing the penalty for a double hit

As of January 1, the penalty stroke for accidentally striking the ball more than once in the course of a stroke has been removed. Golfers will simply count the one stroke they made to strike the ball. Making a double hit is always an accident and it very rarely benefits the golfer.

“In my opinion, a one stroke penalty was too harsh a penalty,” shared Paul, who’s played some of the most incredible tracks in Europe.

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New rule book. Photo by Maryland Golf Association

Other changes that will help speed up the game include:

  • Allowing three minutes instead of five to search for a lost golf ball.
  • Recommending that players take no more than 40 seconds to play a stroke.
  • The flagstick no longer has to be attended or removed when putting; there will be no penalty if a golfer hits an unattended flagstick in the hole.

For a copy of the new rule changes, pick up the new 2019 Official Guidebook from Amazon.

See also: New Golf Book ‘The Prodigy’ Is A Page-Turner



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2019 RV Shows In The US And Canada: Dates And Locations

With the New Year comes new RVs and accessories. Winter is the prime time to visit a local RV show and see the latest RV models and aftermarket products. You can get a look inside the RVs and trailers on display, talk to industry experts, and watch live product demonstrations and seminars.

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Even if you’re not looking to buy, RV shows can be fun to browse. Photo via Pittsburgh RV Show, Facebook

These winter RV shows will have everything from motorhomes and campers to boats and accessories for sale. If you’re looking to upgrade (or downsize) your RV, now’s the time to get a great deal on the special show prices.

1. 2019 Austin Boat and Travel Trailer Show

Where: Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX
When: Jan. 4 – 6, 2019
More info: www.austinboatshow.com
Tickets: Adults: $10; Seniors (60+): $6; Children (7-12): $6; Kids under 12 are free. Get a coupon here.

2. Indy RV Expo

Where: Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis, IN
When:  Jan. 5 – 13, 2019
More info: www.indyrvexpo.com
Tickets: 
At the door — Adults: $8.00; Seniors (60+): $7.00; Kids (16 & under): Free with an adult. The regular admission tickets are buy one get one free Monday – Friday. Get a coupon here.

3. 58th Annual RV & Campgrounds Show

Where: Allentown Fairgrounds, Allentown, PA
When: Jan. 11 – 13, 2019
More info: www.allentowntradeshows.com
Tickets: Adults $7.00, children under 12 are free. Parking is free. Print this coupon for $1 off admission.

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More than just motorhomes: RV shows also have great deals on camping gear. Photo via Facebook

4. Valley RV & Camping Show

Where: Century Center, South Bend, IN
When: 
Jan. 11 – 13, 2019
More info:
www.rvshows.org
Tickets: Adults: $8.00, children 15 and under are free

5. Chicago Boat, RV and Sail Show

Where: McCormick Place – South, Chicago, IL
When: 
Jan. 9 – 13, 2019
More info: www.chicagoboatshow.com

6. Florida RV Super Show

Where: Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa, FL
When: 
Jan. 16 – 20, 2019
More info:
www.frvta.org/show/florida-rv-supershow/
Tickets: $10 per adult, each ticket is good for a free 2nd-day return. Children under 16 are free. Parking is $8 per car, $14 per RV.

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Aerial view from the Florida Super Show. Photo via the Florida RV Trade Association, Facebook

7. Toronto RV Show and Sale

Where: Toronto Congress Centre, Toronto, Ontario (Canada)
When:
Jan. 17 – 20, 2019 
More info:
 https://www.rvshowsontario.ca/
Tickets: Thursday & Friday (Jan 17-18) Half-price tickets: $7.50 per ticket. Saturday & Sunday (Jan 19-20) – $15.00 per ticket. Children 16 and under are free if accompanied by an adult.

8. Pittsburgh RV Show

Where: David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA
When:
Jan. 19 – 27, 2019
More info: www.pittrvshow.com
Tickets: Adults: $12; Seniors (55+): $10; Active Military: $10; Children 6-16: $5; Kids 5 & under: Free

9. Quartzsite Sports, Vacation & RV Show

Where: 700 S. Central – Quartzsite, AZ  85346
When: Jan. 19– 27, 2019 (9 am – 5 pm daily)
More info: www.quartzsiteRVshow.com
Tickets: Admission and parking are free!

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The Quartzsite RV Show spans over 20 acres. Photo via website

10. Louisville Boat, RV & Sportshow

Where: Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville, KY
When:
Jan. 23 – 27, 2019
More info:
 http://www.louisvilleboatshow.com/
Tickets: Buy them in advance online for $10. They will also have a one-day-only special on January 24, 2019, with tickets at $5 for show admittance after 5 pm. Group admission is $9.

11. 31st Annual Inland Northwest RV Show and Sale

Where: Spokane Fair and Expo Center, Colbert, WA
When:
Jan. 24 – 27, 2019 
More info:
 www.spokanervshow.com
Tickets: $8.00 cash only. Kids 12 & under are free with an adult. Admission is good all weekend. Free parking available.

12. Fort Wayne RV & Camping Show

Where: Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, IN
When: Jan. 31 – Feb. 3, 2019
More info: www.rvshows.org
Tickets: Adults: $10.00; Seniors (60+): $6.00; Children 5-12: $3.00; Under 5: Free; Family Day Pass (2 adults and up to 3 children): $20.00. A coupon will be available online closer to the show.

13. Detroit RV & Camping Show

Where: Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, MI
When:  Feb. 6 – 10, 2019
More info: www.marvac.org

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So much to see, so little time to see it all! Photo via Seattle RV Show on Facebook

14. Seattle RV Show

Where: CenturyLink Field Event Center, Seattle, WA
When: Feb. 7 – 10, 2019
More info: https://seattlervshow.com/
Tickets: Order them online and receive a free parking pass for the Mariner’s baseball field parking garage. For each ticket purchased at the gate, $1 will be donated to Washington State Parks. However, free parking is not included with tickets bought at the gate.

15. 51st Annual Chicago RV & Camping Show

Where: Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL
When: Feb. 7 – 10, 2019
More info: https://www.chicagorvshow.com/
Tickets: Tickets are discounted on their website. They also have a coupon that you can print here!

16. Ottawa RV Expo and Sale

Where: EY Centre, Ottawa, Ontario (Canada)
When: Feb. 8 – 10, 2019
More info: https://www.rvshowsontario.ca/
Tickets: 
Friday (Feb 8) – $7.50 per ticket. Saturday & Sunday (Feb 9-10) – $12.00 Per ticket/per day. Cash/debit only for box office tickets (No Visa/Mastercard)

17. 50th Annual RV Super Show

Where: Bennett Event Center, Oklahoma City, OK
When: Feb. 14 – 17, 2019
More info: http://okcrvshows.com/
Tickets: Admission is $12, and free for police, firefighters, first responders (with ID). Kids under 12 are free with a parent. Print this coupon for $2 off admission!

18. 45th Annual Northeast RV Show

Where: Rockland Comm. College Field House, Suffern, NY
When: Feb. 15 – 18, 2019
More info: www.showoffice.com
Tickets: Admission is $10 at the gate, $3 for juniors (10-15), kids under 10 are free. Sign up on their website ahead of time for discount coupons!

19. 54th Annual Maryland RV Show

Where: Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium, MD
When: Feb 15-17th, Feb 22-24
More info: https://www.mdrv.com/
Tickets: At the show—One-day: $10, Multi-day: $15. If you wait to buy at the gate, print and take in this coupon for $2 off admission. Or, buy your tickets online in advance: One-day $8, Multi-day: $13.

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Find RVs and boats for sale at the Indianapolis Boat, Sport, & Travel Show

20. Ford Indianapolis Boat, Sport & Travel Show

Where: Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis, IN
When: Feb. 15 – 24, 2019
More info: https://indianapolisboatsportandtravelshow.com/
Tickets: Get them online and save: Adults: $13, Kids (6-12): $9, Two-day admission for anyone 13+: $24.  At the gate, regular admission is $15.

21. 2019 Austin RV Expo

Where: Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX
When: Feb. 21 – 24, 2019
More info: www.austinrvexpo.com
Tickets: Adults: $10; Children (7-12): $6; Seniors (60+): $6; Kids under 7 are free

22. Battle Creek RV & Camping Show

Where: Kellogg Arena, Battle Creek, MI
When: Feb. 28 – Mar. 3, 2019
More info: www.marvac.org
Tickets: Adults (13 and over): $7; Seniors (55+): $6, Kids 12 & under are free

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Browse your options before you buy. Photo via Facebook

23. CNY RV and Camping Show & Sale

Where: New York State Fairgrounds, Syracuse, NY
When: Feb. 28 – Mar. 3, 2019
More info: http://www.cnyrvshow.com/
Tickets: Adults: $10; Unlimited days: $12; Kids under 16 are free. Print and fill out this form for a $2 off discount!

24. Greater Philadelphia RV Show

Where: Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks, PA
When: Feb. 28 – Mar. 3, 2019
More info: http://www.phillyrvshow.com/
Tickets: Adults: $11, cash only. Kids under 12 are free with an adult. Lots of free parking is available. Fill out this form on their website for a free coupon.

25. Fredericksburg RV Show

Where: Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center, Fredericksburg, VA
When: Mar. 1 – 3, 2019
More info: www.fredericksburgRVshow.com
Tickets: In advance: Adults: $9; Seniors (60+): $8. At door—Adults: $10; Seniors: $9. Friday, March 1 is Senior Day with $5 tickets. Children 12 and under are free.

26. Port Huron RV & Camping Show

Where: Blue Water Convention Center, Port Huron, MI
When: Mar. 7 – 10, 2019
More info: www.marvac.org
Tickets: Adult admission (Ages 17+) is $6; Senior admission (55+) is $5; Children 16 and under get in free. Parking is free!

27. York RV Show

Where: York Expo Center, York, PA
When:  Mar. 8 – 10, 2019
More info: http://www.yorkrvshow.net/
Tickets: $8 at the door, free for kids 12 and under.

28. FMCA’s 99th International Convention & RV Expo

Where: Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter, Perry, GA
When: Mar. 13 – 16, 2019
More info: https://site.fmca.com/

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Find your new home on wheels this winter. Photo by MARVAC on Facebook

29. Flint RV & Camping Show

Where: Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center, Flint, MI
When: Mar. 14 – 17, 2019
More info: www.marvac.org
Tickets: Adults (13 & over): $6; Seniors (55+): $5, Children 12 & under get in free. Parking is free.

30. Northwest Michigan RV & Camping Show

Where: Howe Ice Arena, Traverse City, MI
When: Mar. 22 – 24, 2019
More info: www.marvac.org
Tickets: Adults (13 & over): $6; Seniors (55+): $5, Children 12 & under get in free. Parking is free.

See also: An RV Show All Year Round: A Stress-Free Experience

Do you know of any other winter RV shows coming up in 2019? Please add them to this list in the comments below.



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2019 Winter Events In Lake Havasu City, Arizona For RVers, Campers

Much like Quartzsite, Lake Havasu City in Western Arizona is a haven for snowbirds in the winter. This city along the Colorado River has year-round sunshine and endless ways to get outdoors. You can find lots of local shops to browse, restaurants to choose from, and RV resorts with 5-star amenities. The city also claims home to the iconic London Bridge, relocated from England, which now connects the mainland to an island on the river.

The area hosts over 300 events throughout the year, including a few RV rallies coming up soon in Lake Havasu State Park. Make sure you add these events to your calendar for January-February 2019!

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Buses by the Bridge. Photos via Facebook

1. Buses By The Bridge

  • Date: January 17, 2019
  • Cost: Admission: $2 per person (good all weekend). Camping: Thursday-Sunday: $40, Camping Friday-Sunday: $30, Camping Saturday & Sunday: $20
  • Location: Lake Havasu State Park

All kinds of Volkswagen buses will be rounding up at Buses By The Bridge. Over the last two decades, this event has become a popular VW rally with classic buses coming in from all over the country. Keep an eye out for panel vans, seven and nine-passenger microbuses, Kombis, and cab pickups.

Besides vintage eye candy, this weekend-long event will have activities for all ages. There will be a bouncy house for the kids while adults can partake in hot air balloon rides, raffles, a chili cook-off, and a cornhole tournament. On Sunday morning, the event will wrap up with a pancake breakfast.

There will be a parking area designated for RVs, campers, motorhomes, trailers, and non-VW vans. The 500+ spaces are first-come, first-served, and pre-registration is not required.  You can learn more about the 23rd annual event and see the full schedule from Go Lake Havasu.

2. Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair

  • Date: January 10, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – January 13, 2019 @ 3:00 pm
  • Cost: $15+ tickets, Camping costs TBD
  • Location: Lake Havasu State Park

Hot air balloons will again be soaring over Lake Havasu City at the 9th Annual Balloon Festival. You can watch mass ascensions of hot air balloons take off and float over the London Bridge and the Bridgewater Channel. There will also be a Balloon Night Glow, air shows, skydivers, special shape balloons, antique cars, and live entertainment.

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Havasu Balloon Festival. Photos via Facebook

Dry camping will be available at the festival just steps from the activities, carnival rides, and vendors. The RV parking includes pricing for 5 nights and 2 festival entrance wristbands.

Map via Go Lake Havasu

Tickets are $15 through their website and will also be sold at the gates. Alternatively, they have Gondola VIP tickets available with exclusive food, drinks, VIP parking, and prime views of the balloons.

Tents are not permitted and single nights are not available. Learn more about camping at the festival.

3. Lake Havasu Vintage Trailer Campout

  • Date: January 31, 2019 – February 2, 2019. Trailers are open to the general public on Friday and Saturday (February 1 & 2), 10am-3pm. 
  • Cost: Park entry is $3 per person; Camping costs TBD

If you love vintage trailers, you won’t want to miss the 5th Annual Vintage Trailer Campout hosted by Tin Can Tourists. This year’s event will be held by the white sandy beach in Lake Havasu State Park and have lots of cool antique trailers on display.

Vintage Trailer Campout. Photo: Tin Can Tourists

Vintage campers will be open to the public on Friday and Saturday (February 1 & 2) from 10am-3pm.  They will have dry RV campsites with no hookups, restrooms and showers, and limited power for medical devices.

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Vintage Trailer Campout. Photo: Go Lake Havasu

Pets will be permitted at the event on a leash, but they are not allowed on the beach. You can learn more about the upcoming Vintage Trailer Campout from Go Lake Havasu.

See also: 8 Southwest Towns You Need To Visit This Winter



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Chula Vista RV Resort Near San Diego Closing In February 2019

After 35 years of business, Chula Vista RV Resort in Southern California is permanently closing on February 1, 2019 to make room for a billion-dollar city project. This resort has been long cherished by RVers for its scenic waterfront location on the San Diego Bay.

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Chula Vista RV Resort. Photos via TripAdvisor

Chula Vista Resort includes over 33,000 square feet on 17 acres and their own 552-slip marina. The upscale RV park is located south of San Diego, across the bay from Silver Strand Beach and a 2-3 hour drive from attractions like Disneyland and Universal Studios.

The RV resort shared more details about the closure on their website:

Sadly, the time has come to say Goodbye.  The Port of San Diego has grand plans for our Harbor.  They will be building a new hotel/convention center at Chula Vista Harbor, and they need to use the RV Resort’s acreage for much of this development.  As such, we must vacate the premises by March 1st, and will be closing our doors to guests as of February 1st in order to allow enough time to completely vacate by the March 1st deadline.

Over the years, Chula Vista Resort has hosted countless parties, events, and Happy Hours. The resort also opened their own restaurant, Galley at the Marina, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and has live entertainment and dancing many nights.

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The marina at Chula Vista RV Resort

The Bayfront Project replacing Chula Vista Resort has been in the works for several months, and land clearing and construction have already started in the immediate area. According to CBS News, the new project was approved by the Chula Vista City Council and the Port of San Diego. Their plans include a 1,600 room hotel, a 275,000-square-foot convention center, two parks, and also a fire station.

The RV resort sent out a notice this week and issued full refunds to anyone staying after February 1, 2019. The Port of San Diego did, however, approve another RV park a few blocks away on the bayfront, the Costa Vista RV Resort, which could open as early as late 2019.

See also: It’s All About Location At San Diego’s Mission Bay RV Resort



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