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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5 Tips For Visiting RV Shows And What To Expect

Previously we looked at 5 Important Things You Should Look For In An RV Show. In this entry, we will look at getting the most out of your day at an RV show.

Here are 5 tips to help you plan your visit.

1. Make a plan before you go

Visit the show’s website to see what activities and attractions are offered. Some things like seminars may only happen once a day. Are there certain brands or RV types that you are most interested in?

Most shows will have a map on their website and a listing of dealers and products allowing you to identify where these items are in advance of your visit. RV show

Print off the map and circle what products are where, where the seminars are located, and plot a route saving you time and energy when at the show.

2. If you are considering purchasing a towable RV (Travel Trailer, Fifth Wheel, Truck Camper) know in advance what your tow vehicle can safely tow/carry.

Remember to allow for personal items, propane, batteries, and water when calculating how heavy of an RV you may consider purchasing.

If you are looking at buying a motorized RV (Class A, B, C motorhome) and plan to tow a vehicle you already own as a dinghy, know in advance what the restrictions are (if any) of the vehicle you plan on towing.

Once you know, you can plan on searching out the items you will need to tow it at the show. Items like tow bars, tow dollies, braking systems, and other items will likely be featured at the show.

3. Avoid the crowds

If your schedule allows, visit on a weekday. Many shows offer discount admission on at least one of the weekdays.

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Plan your route to navigate the sea of RVs

If you must go during the weekend, Sunday is typically less busy than Saturday. If you must go on a Saturday, attend later in the day once the early crowd starts to dissipate and the parking stalls start freeing up.

4. Have a plan for capturing information

You are going to be exposed to a large amount of products and information at the show. Know in advance how you will record what you saw and heard.

Many use their phones to take pictures of RVs they like along with the model number and specifications. Maybe you want to record the information by writing it down in a notebook.

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Know where the seminars and other activities are located

The advantage of a notebook is you can form a matrix allowing you to compare price, weight, features and other items in an easy-to-read format.

Don’t forget to write down where you saw the item as you are likely to want to take a second look and it can get confusing to remember where you saw an item after looking at hundreds of other RVs in a large RV show.

Regardless of the method you use, don’t rely on your memory as it will be in overload mode.

5. Talk to the Manufacturer Reps

If there is a brand you are particularly drawn to, make sure to seek out the manufacturer representative for that product to ask about any specific questions or concerns you may have.

They typically have more product knowledge than the dealer’s salespeople who represent multiple product lines. Manufacturer reps are likely to know about new models coming out, interior color options, and what modifications can and can’t be made to a factory order unit to meet your needs.

I hope this helps you make the most of your visit to an RV show and leads to many adventures in RVing!

See also: 30 Winter RV Shows Coming Up Soon In 2019



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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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