The show, featuring 206 RVs on display, is at the Suburban Financial Showplace (Beck Road exit off I-96) in Novi. It's open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
There's plenty of good things to see at this year's show. I've been there a total of six hours so far, and I could spend the entire day there today and still discover a bunch of new RVs, accessories, campgrounds and other things that would make yet another trip entirely worth the while.
Some of my handy-dandy tips to help you enjoy this and future RV shows:
- Don't be afraid to chat up the sales people. Most are happy to pass the time engaging in harmless conversation with us regular folks. Sure, they're hoping we might buy a camper from them. But the truth is they're just regular people, too, and enjoy a pleasant conversation as much as anyone. Who knows? You may learn something about RVs, or a new campground destination, that you never knew before!
- Don't let your kids climb all over the campers. I was inside a Class C and while the manufacturer's representative was showing me the motorized bed-over-the-cab feature, a family entered the camper. The kids saw the bed and the parents did nothing while their kids climbed into the still-moving bed. Treat the campers as if you don't own them, which, of course, you don't.
- Do like I do, and I suspect you do, and gather as many brochures as you possibly can. Even if you're not in the market for a $200,000 front-engine diesel Monaco Vesta motor home, the slick brochures make for some excellent reading while we plow through another Michigan winter.
- Be sure to stop by the vendor booths. This year there's several new campgrounds represented, including Heartland Woods Family R.V. in Stockbridge. There's also an aerial photography business, Aerial Graphics, that specializes in lake pictures, and also a lovely couple whose business, Soles of Michigan, sells a lightweight, wear-everywhere shoe. The shoes, called Zeko Travelers, are lightweight, comfortable and feature a vented sole for air circulation. They seem perfect for wearing around a campsite, plus they're machine-washable.
Here's the official show information from the show sponsor, the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC):
All types of new recreation vehicles—over 200 units and 50 brands displayed; folding campers, motorhomes, travel trailers, truck campers, and fifth wheel travel trailers, ranging in price from $4,999 to more than $400,000.
Booths featuring parts and accessories, campground information, on site RV financing and RV rentals make this the complete RV show experience. Consumers can pick up the 2011 RV & Campsite guide to camping and RV dealers in Michigan that contains money-saving coupons.
Folding campers from $4,999; trailers from $8,999; motorhomes from $49,999. 2011 model closeouts and discounts on new 2012 models. Plus, manufacturer rebates on select RVs.
Adult admission (ages 13 and up) is $8, senior admission is $7, and children 12 and under get in free! RV show ticket will also get you into the Fall Remodeling & Design Expo, Thursday through Sunday.