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