Top Ten – The Largest & Best RV Shows for 2019
Notice: The fall Elkhart, Indiana RV Super Show has been re-scheduled to October 17 – 20, 2019. Held at the RV Motor Home Hall of Fame & Museum, this will be an early opportunity to see new 2020 models.
Two of the biggest RV Shows this year are the Florida RV Super Show occurring Jan 16 – 20, 2109 in Tampa, Florida and the Quartzsite RV, Sports & Vacation Show occurring Jan 19 – 27th in Quartzsite, Arizona. (See links near bottom of the page)
The Florida show advertises itself as the “Largest RV show in the Country.” It is held at the Florida State Fairgrounds, covers 26 acres and will have over 1400 RV s on display. In addition to huge variety of Recreational Vehicles (from small travel trailers to huge luxury motor coaches) to tour, there’s a schedule of six different seminars held each day of the show covering topics from “RV Maintenance” to “Exploring America” to “Tips on Choosing the Right RV.” For camping, the Super Rally onsite camping package sells out quickly, but dry camping still is available at the Fairgrounds. Otherwise camping is available at privately operated campgrounds in the Tampa area.
But the Quartzsite show tries to do them one better and claims they host the “World’s Largest Gathering of RVers in the World.” As their byline suggests, Quartzsite is essentially a massive RV Rally that also hosts a large RV Show. In addition to nearby full service campgrounds, adjacent to the show grounds are dry camping on the Bureau of Land Management campground. Unlike the Florida show, Quartzsite charges no fee for admission nor for parking. At this date, probably most of the full service campgrounds would be filled, so if you plan on going in your RV, plan on dry camping.
There’s a third RV Show/Event that also claims to be America’s Largest RV Show – that’s the Hershey PRVCA show held at the Giant Center in Hershey, PA. They claim to offer over 1300 RVs on display from over 45 manufacturers. This event is held in the fall so if you missed one of the big spring shows, it would be the one to catch later in the year. For camping, there is some limited onsite overnight camping, but most camping will have to be at public and private campgrounds in the area.
If you can’t make any of these three shows, there are a few other regional shows offering a decent array of RVs, among them being the 51st Annual Chicago RV & Camping Show held Feb 7 – 10th in Rosemont, Illinois. They advertise 400 Rvs on display and claim to be the Midwest’s Largest RV Show. We attended the Chicago RV Show (see our article here) in 2016 and again attended the 2017 Chicago RV Show. It is a big show but we need to remember to bring a compass with us. The show is in multiple rooms with odd-shaped dimensions so it is very easy to lose your sense of direction.
Links to RV Shows and RV Reviews on ScenicPathways.com
- Pods and Tear Drop Campers
- Retro and Vintage Campers
- Best Compact Class C Motorhomes
- 2017 Chicagoland RV and Camper Show
- Extreme RV Travel Trailers – made for backcountry boondocking in comfort
2019 Major RV Show Links – winter to fall
Here’s our list of what we believe will be the larger RV shows occurring this year, plus a link to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association calendar of all RV shows for 2018.
Indy RV Expo
January 5 -January 13, 2019
Boston RV & Camping Expo
January 18 -January 21, 2019
Florida RV SuperShow
January 16-20, 2019
Quartzsite RV, Sports & Vacation Show
January 19 – 27th, 2019
See this and other guides to
RV Traveling, Buying & Selling, and Maintaining your RV.
42nd Annual St Louis RV Vacation & Travel Show
January 31 -February 3, 2019
St. Louis, MO
51st Annual Chicago RV & Camping Show
February 7-February 10, 2019
FMCA 99th International Convention & RV Expo
March 13 – 16, 2019
Toronto Spring Camping & RV Show
February 28 – March 3, 2019
If you missed these shows, there are a few more major shows in 2019 you can catch:
Hershey PRVCA Show – America’s Largest
Sept 11 – 15, 2019
Hershey, PA (USA)
California RV Show – Largest on West Coast
October 4-13, 2019
Los Angeles, CA
For a complete calendar of Recreational Vehicle Shows see the RVIA Directory of RV Shows.