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The shows typically have a few models of a lot of different manufacturers. And a few models of each type, MH, TT, 5er, PUP, etc.
A large dealer will typically have a few different brands, but likely more floorplans of each brand. And some dealers specialize in MHs, some in TTs, some in 5ers, etc.
So it is really a matter of what you want to see, a few samples of a lot of manufacturers, or more samples of manufacturers that you are primarily interested in, a specific type RV, or a random sample of multiple types of RV.

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We love everything about the RV lifestyle, but are very satisfied with our unit. We still go to a couple of shows that are 3-4 hours away. Sometime, we will plan to meet friends there, look at units, go out for dinner and just have a great outing.

Other times, we will go and look, just to see what's new and interesting. Our unit will have been winterized by then, so looking is a way to pass the time until we can get back to camping.

We normally spend about 100 nights in our 5er each year.


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We like going to the shows. The variety of manufacturers gives you more opportunity to find the floor plan you like. Or in our case, the floor plan you think you like from looking at a picture taken with a wide angle lens on the manufacturers website.


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It's fun to be a lookie loo, but that's about it. We go just to go. We're not the type buy a new rig every 5 years or even 10.


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Yes I believe if you are inclined to look at RVs then a big show is worth while to see more of everything. More than any single dealer. Just don't buy into the sales pitch that the show price is the best you can do or that you can't return to the dealer six weeks later and get at least the same deal.


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We had shopped at a large RV dealer and found the model of RV we wanted. An RV show was being held later in the month so we went to it and shopped that model at two different dealers at the show. We called the original dealer and he was willing to knock $3000 off of the lowest price the show dealers would offer.

We drove two hours to the original dealer and closed the deal.

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My wife won't allow me to attend an RV show - probably for good reason.


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worth it???

I bought a new TT after visiting a local show to dream about my future 5th wheel.

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Wow, thanks for all the replies. I think we will go to a couple that are not too far away this winter. We don't winterize the TC so its always ready for action. We had a busy year and are now free to do more short week long trips. We enjoy looking at different types and floorplans. Never know when we will be in the mood to try something new. We had a 25ft Forrest River Solera for 4 years before getting our current rig.


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