It’s RV Show Season!

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The Pittsburgh RV ShowRV Shows are a great place to begin your search for local reputable RV dealers. They are generally scheduled for January and February in the Northeastern US when dealerships are slowest.

RV Shows provide the opportunity to see newest models and talk to dealerships that you may not have heard of, and reduce your expenses and time by not having to drive to many different dealerships. As a customer you can see and compare prices, brands, layouts, and more with one stop shopping. There is always a huge range of quality & prices. So when comparing units, make sure you’re comparing the prices of like models of differing brands. One RV may look like another one, but you need to compare the options, construction, equipment, and features they both have to offer. See who offers the best deal but remember if the dealer isn’t reputable or isn’t equipped to work on the RV, or is located too far away to conveniently return the RV for service, your purchase may not turn out to be the best deal. Don’t be afraid to talk with other RVers at the show. Many of these people have years of RV experience and knowledge of different products and dealerships. Most will be honest and tell you when and where they’ve gotten the best deals & service.

We talk to dozens of RV owners each year. One of the biggest complaint we hear is that campers bought their RV from one of those big “discount dealers” that is 4-5 hours drive away, have trouble with it, and it’s a pain to take it back to the big discount dealership, and the local dealerships don’t have time to work on it.

If you think about it, you can kind of understand the local dealer’s position. After all, you didn’t buy it from them, and them doing the work and getting the refund from the factory is very time consuming to their business. Time is money. That time also means time that they are taking away from serving the customers who did buy from them. Who can blame them? If you were their buying customer, you wouldn’t want to stand in line behind a repair for a non-customer, would you? There, you have it. So, keep that in mind, these small business owners can’t compete with these “Wal-Marts” of the RV industry on price because they can’t buy the volume of RVs those mega discount RV dealerships can. But, those big discount RV Dealerships can’t and don’t offer you that home town connection, service, and responsiveness that your local RV Dealer can. And remember, you’re not just purchasing an RV, you’re supporting your neighbor’s and their employees families!

Buying an RV from a local reputable dealer insures you the best possible service, convenience, and shortest distance to travel for maintenance, repairs, & warranty work. It is always a good idea to visit the dealership’s physical location before you buy, check out their service department, service hours, etc. In addition, many RV dealers offer show discounts and sometimes manufacturer rebates are available. So not only do you save money with the one stop shopping, but there are huge savings in the purchase prices! RV shows sometimes include educational seminars, entertainment, and raffles for door prizes, free RVs, and more! So there are a lot of potential gains to attending! Show specials also sometimes include discounts or coupons from campgrounds. So, your new RV sometimes comes with savings to use it, too!

For more information about local RV Dealers who have partnered with campgrounds in Western PA who offer $800.00 in free Camping with the purchase of a new RV from those dealerships in a Very Special Camper (VSC) Discount Offer, visit our website at: http://meadvillekoa.com/discounts/

RV shows aren’t just for RV dealers to showcase new and used RVs. RV shows offer a wealth of information on the whole RVing industry. Most campgrounds & RV resorts are slow or closed for the winter. RV shows allow campgrounds to showcase new activities, special events, new amenities & extended stay (aka seasonal camping) availability to potential campers. Make sure you stop by their booths and find new places to explore and exciting things to do with your family this summer!

You can also find information for aftermarket RV products, RV accessories, RVing insurance, Camping or RVing Clubs, Discount Clubs, pick up brochures, camping directories for your state and other states, or the free KOA directory for the whole USA and Canada and more!

You don’t even have to own an RV to enjoy camping or go to the RV Shows! Even if you don’t intend to buy an RV, you can learn about cabin camping or pick up information about campgrounds for tent camping! Many people think of camping as ‘roughing it” with a tent, on the ground, in the rain, and a less than pleasurable “vacation”. This is no longer the case. For about the price of a hotel room, most campgrounds are now offering cabin rentals. Prices for the cabin rentals vary by campground and the amenities offered. “Camping cabins” are generally the least expensive because they offer the fewest amenities. They are generally one room with beds and a table. Cottage Cabins sleep 2-4 people may offer kitchenettes, or a few more amenities. Deluxe cabins are lodges with deluxe facilities like multiple bedrooms, full kitchens, and bathrooms. There is no requirement to own an RV to have a family fun camping vacation! You can enjoy the luxury of RVing with a camping vacation in a cabin and not miss any of the campground recreation programs and planned activities!

Why not pack up the family for a fun winter-day activity and attend one of the local RV shows in your area. Invite a friend to come along, and enjoy a day of looking forward to a summer camping season filled with friends & fun at these RV Shows:

Cleveland, Ohio RV Super Show, January 4 – 8, at the I-X Center, Cleveland, OH. Info on show hours, admission, and parking fees along with discount coupons for admission available on their website at: http://www.ohiorvshow.com/!

Pittsburgh RV Show January 07 – 15 At David Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA! See their website for show hours, admission prices, parking, and discounts offered at: http://www.pittrvshow.com/! Check them out on Facebook (they raffle off free tickets)! And follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MeadvilleKOA, for a chance to win free tickets too!

Erie RV Show Feb 11 – 14 At the Bayfront Convention Center, Erie, PA! The show entrance is family affordable and the parking is free, but the limited floor space limits the number of dealers and RVs on display! For more info see their website online at: http://www.eriepromotions.com/RV/eri/default.aspx

Clearview Mall Show Feb 17-19 during Mall hours. This show features the RVs of Penn RV Center in Titusville. There is no entrance fee and parking is free, making this show very family affordable and fun! See the mall website for mall hours at: http://www.shopclearviewmall.com/events.php. Penn RV Center is online at: https://www.facebook.com/pennrv/?fref=ts

We invite you to attend any and all of these RV Shows! Stop by the KOA Kampgrounds booth and pick up some brochures, a KOA directory and a KOA bag! Tell folks in the booth that you received your invitation to the RV Show from Meadville KOA Campground! We hope to see you there!

By Robyn Chilson
Robyn and her husband Tim Chilson, are CPO campground owners who own and operate Meadville KOA. You can reach her at 814-78-3251.

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This article was written by Robyn Chilson

Tim and Robyn Chilson are both Certified Park Operators (CPO) and have owned and operated Meadville KOA Campground since October of 1999. Robyn can be reached at 814-789-3251.

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