Fall Camper & RV Show in Metro Detroit starts this week

21st Annual Fall Detroit Camper & RV Show starts Wednesday!

Click here for a great video from MARVAC Director Bill Sheffer, which highlights different types of RVs and reasons to visit an RV show.

October 6-10, 2010
Weekdays 2-9 p.m.,
Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Rock Financial Showplace, 46100 Grand River Avenue, Novi, MI 48374.
Located just 1 mile west of Novi Road.
Click here to view a map to the show.

All types of new recreation vehicles—over 200 units and 50 brands displayed; folding campers, motor homes, travel trailers, truck campers, park models 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.

Special discounts
Folding campers from $4,999; trailers from $8,999; motorhomes from $49,999. 2009 model closeouts and discounts on 2010 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.

A coupon is available at www.marvac.org, southeast Michigan CVS Pharmacies, Big Boy restaurants and in area newspapers. With this special coupon, all consumers can get a $1 off any adult or senior admission.

Enter to win
At the show, enter to win the Ultimate MIS Race Experience package from Michigan International Speedway. Includes tickets, camping and VIP access (valued at nearly $3,000).

Tips for First-time RV Buyers
Deciding to buy, and ultimately own an RV can be an exciting moment in your life. RVs offer a number of great benefits to those who own them. Today’s RVs also provide travelers with the comforts and convenience of a "home away from home" as they participate in activities and hobbies of interest to families, not limited to camping. Remembering a few simple guidelines can prepare you for the purchase process.

• An RV show is the best place to experience many different types of RVs all in one place. Click on the RV Basics page in this blog to learn about the different types of RVs to help you narrow down which type is best for you and your family. Then head to an RV show and take the time to walk through as many of that specific type as you can. Plan on spending a few hours, or perhaps even making multiple trips to the show.

• If you are considering a towable RV, know what your tow vehicle is capable of safely and securely towing. At the very least you should know its maximum towing capacity, but there many other factors involved in ensuring you have a safe and secure towing setup. This website is a good place to begin your research.

• Another good idea is to "try before you buy" by renting an RV. Many dealers have RVs they rent.

• When applying for an RV loan, be sure your credit history is where it should be. A credit score of 700 will allow for the best financing. RVs are considered luxury purchases, so lenders are especially cautious.

• Before investing in an RV, look around for the best deal. Keep in mind that purchasing an RV isn’t as simple as purchasing an automobile. You may need to spend at least a couple of hours at the dealer before you drive away with your RV.

• Once you purchase your RV and sign the appropriate papers, you’ll likely experience a walk-through orientation. Many beginners are surprised at how lengthy these orientations can be. Try not to get overwhelmed with the abundance of information being passed onto you. As thrilling as RV ownership can be, it also takes some preparation, so it’s important to absorb what’s being communicated to you during the orientation. You may want to consider bringing a notebook or another set of eyes and ears with you, so you don’t miss anything.

Above all, remember to enjoy your RV! RVs are the perfect way for families to escape the stresses of everyday life. Packed with essentials—bathrooms, kitchens, and sleeping accommodations — RVs provide a convenient way to travel with all the comforts of home. Plus, RVs have all the "extras"
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My family (wife and three kids, sometimes the dog) and I have been RV campers since 2007. We own a 2000 Trail-Lite B22 Bantam hybrid, our tow vehicle is a 2006 Trailblazer LT EXT (5.3 V8 with 3.73 Rear Axle Ratio), and our setup includes the Equalizer sway controller. Looking to upgrade the camper in the near future, but until then we get out 2-3 times a month in season.