Gayle Anderson was live in Pomona for opening day of the California RV Show, which starts today and runs through Sunday, October 20th at the Los Angeles Fairplex in Pomona.
Gayle Anderson was live in Pomona for a preview of the California RV Show, which starts today and runs through Sunday, October 20th at the Los Angeles Fairplex in Pomona. Sponsored by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), this is the longest running RV show in the United States and the best attended RV show in the West with over 20,000 attendees. This show features the latest in RV products and accessories as well as class A, B and C models, travel trailers, 5th wheels, toy haulers, campers and tents by 45 recreational vehicle manufacturers and 17 Southern California dealers.
This year’s show will feature over 950 brand new RVs and over 100 RVs on site ready for test drives. Guests will enter through the show’s campground entrance into the exhibitor tent full of RV accessories and campground booths. Purchase an RV at the show and receive next day delivery. In addition, guests can register to win an RV on the last day of the show. You do not need to be present to win.
Learn everything you need to know about recreational vehicles (RVs), including maintenance and travel tips at the RV seminars in the Mike Thompson’s Seminar Tent! For a complete schedule, click HERE. In addition, the RV Factory Showcase offers 45 minute presentations on the in’s and out’s of the RVs. Meet factory owners and representatives who will explain to you how their unit is built and how everything works. These are not dealer sales pitches, but hands-on presentations followed by an open forum for questions and straight answers. Click HERE for a complete schedule.
The California RV Show also has several meet and greet opportunities. Tim Conway, Jr. from KFI AM 640 will be onsite on Saturday, October 12th. Sunday, October 13th is Country Day at the show! Country fans can see Christine Martindale from Go Country 105 FM. In addition, Bret Michaels will be onsite for a meet & greet. Sunday, October 20th is Fiesta Day at the “CALIFORNIA RV SHOW”! T52 Telemundo combined with Que Bueno 96.1 will be playing HOT Latin Hits and giving away prizes. The Macho Nacho Food Truck will also be onsite.
Don’t forget to check out the Live Shark Encounter, brought to you by Mike Thompson’s RV Super Stores. This informative show allows you to observe sharks close up with comedy and interaction. See a diver swimming with sharks doing natural activity. In addition, there will be a youth fishing experience with a 6,000 gallon, all-glass tank. This tank is 38” high and is accessible to wheelchairs and kids.
Recreational vehicles have been in existence almost as long as automobiles. According to an article commemorating the centennial of the RV published in the Smithsonian Magazine, the first RV was Pierce-Arrow’s Touring Landau, which debuted at Madison Square Garden in 1910. The Landau had a back seat that folded into a bed, a chamber pot toilet and a sink that folded down from the back of the seat of the chauffeur, who was connected to his passengers via telephone. Camping trailers made by Los Angeles Trailer Works and Auto-Kamp Trailers also rolled off the assembly line in 1910.
While the popularity of RVs dampened as a result of the Depression, some people used travel trailers, which could be purchased for $500 to $1,000, as inexpensive homes. During World War II, many RV companies converted their products to wartime manufacturing, making units that served as mobile hospitals, prisoner transports and morgues since production had ceased for consumer use. After the war, returning GI’s and their families favored RVs as an inexpensive way to vacation. This desire along with the burgeoning interstate highway system, spurred a second RV boom which lasted through the 1960s. In 1967, Winnebago began mass-producing five models of motor homes which sold for as little as $5,000.
RVs have evolved with advances in technology. Modern RVs have convection ovens, microwaves, garbage disposals, washers and dryers, king-size beds, heated baths and showers and satellite dishes. Only your budget limits the comforts of an RV. For more on the history of the RV, click HERE.
In spite of fluctuating gas prices and ownership costs, RVing is still a a more economical way to vacation. RV vacations offer greater savings than those taken using a personal car or airline, staying in a hotel, rental house or condominium, and eating in restaurants. A study prepared by PKF Consulting USA, a member of an international travel and consulting group, found that RV travel is 23-59% less expensive than other types of vacations for a family of four that owns an RV. “Empty-nester” couples also save 11-46% percent.
According to the RV Consumer Demographic Profile published in 2011 by the RVIA, the typical RVer was 48 years old in 2011, one year younger than the 49 years recorded in 2005 and 2001. In addition, the median income of RVers was $62,000 and 39% have children under 18 living at home. RV owners aged 35 to 54 posted the largest gains in ownership rates, rising to 11.2% in 2011 from 9.0% in 2005. Ownership also edged higher among those aged 55 and older, rising 9.3% from 8.6% in 2005.
The California RV Show hours are Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Adult admission is $10. Adult multi-day passes are available for $15. Admission is FREE for kids (ages 17 and under) and active military with ID. You can purchase tickets online by clicking HERE. Receive $1 off admission with this coupon when purchasing tickets at the gate: $1 Off Coupon
Scooter rentals are available at the rate of $50 per day or $25 for a half day rental. Fairplex parking is $10 for cars. RV parking is FREE.
The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) is the national association representing nearly 400 manufacturers and component suppliers producing approximately 98 percent of all RVs made in the United States. For more information, visit RVIA’s website.
Today, October 11th through Sunday, October 20th
California RV Show
Los Angeles Fairplex- Gate 9
2200 North White Avenue
Pomona, CA 91768
The Best RV Show
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