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Th­ese help­ful hints cour­tesy BC In­te­rior RV Show (BCIRVS) April 21 – 23 2017 www.bcin­te­ri­or­rvshow.ca

If you are look­ing for a new RV, or not, RV shows are a wealth of in­for­ma­tion to make the up­com­ing sea­son more en­joy­able. Here are the best ‘Eight Rea­sons to Go’, and ‘Six Top Tips’ to make it a spec­tac­u­lar day.

BEST EIGHT REA­SONS TO AT­TEND AN RV SHOW 1. See what new in­no­va­tions and ac­ces­sories are avail­able to en­hance your RV and your RV ex­pe­ri­ence. Check out new camp­grounds, re­sorts and ser­vices in time to plan your next ad­ven­ture.

2. Ex­pe­ri­ence one stop com­par­ison­shop­ping! Com­pare floor plans and mod­els to find the per­fect RV with­out driv­ing kilo­me­tres across or be­tween cities. Get all your ques­tions an­swered from a host of help­ful spe­cial­ists in­clud­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

3. Take ad­van­tage of the ‘Show Spe­cial’ pric­ing. There’s of­ten a good se­lec­tion of new trail­ers un­der $20,000, or if your life­style de­mands more, the dis­counts avail­able on the Class A diesel pusher mo­torhomes can of­ten af­ford­ably put you in a spa­cious RV.

4. Learn from the RV sem­i­nars. Some top­ics of­fered in­clude: RV Spring & Sum­mer Prepa­ra­tion & Main­te­nance Tips, Look­ing to get off the grid - So­lar Sem­i­nar, All about RV Plumb­ing, Propane Safety, RV Tips, Ad­ven­tures in North Coun­try, Cus­tomiz­ing Your RV – New to RVing, and Mo­bile Satel­lite Op­tions for RVing.

5. Chat with vet­eran RV’ers, re­con­nect with your snow­bird friends, or make new ones!

6. RV shows of­ten sup­port lo­cal char­i­ties, so not only do you get a great day of en­ter­tain­ment and in­for­ma­tion, you can feel good that you are help­ing the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

7. It’s great af­ford­able en­ter­tain­ment. Most shows run a whole week­end and one ad­mis­sion price gets you in ev­ery day.

8. You can learn a lot more in per­son than you can on­line. Is there enough el­bow­room in the shower, is the bed long enough, how does the floor­plan ‘feel’ to you?

SIX TOP TIPS BE­FORE YOU GO 1. Wear com­fort­able clothes, es­pe­cially shoes. This is a golden op­por­tu­nity and you don’t want to feel rushed be­cause you are un­com­fort­able. Pace your­self, it is a week­end event. Give your­self lots of time. If you rush, you will miss floor plans, ac­ces­sories, sales, and sem­i­nars.

2. Ar­rive early, get a show map and sem­i­nar sched­ule, and plan your day. Ar­riv­ing early usu­ally means less crowds and more time to poke around your favourite mod­els, ask ques­tions of sem­i­nar speak­ers, and take an early lunch. 3. Sched­ule some breaks. There is so much go­ing on, your brain (and your feet) will need to rest oc­ca­sion­ally to ab­sorb the in­for­ma­tion and en­joy the show.

4. Bring a bag with a com­fort­able han­dle or shoul­der strap to col­lect brochures, pur­chases and free­bies.

5. Charge your smart­phone or cam­era. Take lots of pic­tures of the fea­tures and RV’s you like. Ask about record­ing sem­i­nars or how-to ad­vice from the many ex­hibitors. It will be in­valu­able when you get home so you can re­mem­ber the how, what and where of the hun­dreds of things you saw, and dozens of peo­ple you spoke to.

6. Ask lots of ques­tions. There are no stupid ques­tions. Talk to the sales folks, even if you usu­ally don’t like sales peo­ple. They can give you an­swers to ques­tions you didn’t know to ask, and if you’re look­ing to pur­chase an RV, you’ll be able to find the model, and the sales­per­son, you like best.

SPE­CIAL TO THE BC IN­TE­RIOR RV SHOW The BC In­te­rior RV Show is April 21 – 23, 2017 at the South Okana­gan Event Cen­tre Com­plex (SOEC) , which in­cludes the Pen­tic­ton Trade & Con­ven­tion Cen­tre. Over the past five years, 10,000 vis­i­tors from all over the Pa­cific North­west have at­tended the event an­nu­ally.

Wrist­bands will be avail­able for pur­chase on-site - cash only - at the en­trance of the SOEC and the Pen­tic­ton Trade & Con­ven­tion Cen­tre, and please re­mem­ber to bring a non-per­ish­able food item for their lo­cal food bank. Since 2011, over $20,000 has been do­nated from the net pro­ceeds of the wrist­band sales.

Allen Mullins, Chair­per­son of the BCIRV So­ci­ety ex­claims, “The BC In­te­rior RV Show has proven to be a des­ti­na­tion event for the RV’ers of West­ern Canada, Wash­ing­ton, Yukon and Alaska. We are lucky enough to live in a beau­ti­ful RVing com­mu­nity that has the state of the art South Okana­gan Event Cen­tre (SOEC) fa­cil­ity that is large enough to host such a grand event.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on the an­nual event or to be­come an ex­hibitor visit: www. bcin­te­ri­or­rvshow.ca

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