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After taking a year off due to COVID and supply chain issues, the Fort Myers RV Show returns to the Lee Civic Center for four days, Thursday, Jan. 27 through Sunday, Jan. 30.

This year’s RV Show, the 36th annual, was one of the largest shows in Florida, and it offers attendees the opportunity to see the latest camping products available for RVs and outdoor enthusiasts, offered by many local RV dealerships.

The last show in 2020 had over 12,000 attendees, hoping to attract more this time around as people want to go out and do things.

And for the first time, buyers will be able to bring home used RVs from 2017 and later, which will provide the opportunity to purchase them at huge discounts as opposed to brand new, although these are also on display. and for sale, organizers said. .

“It has always been a new parade of models. By going to a show of the latest models, we still have coaches who will be very nice and that will allow dealers to expand their offer to the public”, said show director Jack Carver. “It’s not just about selling RVs, we want to educate the public about what the RV lifestyle is all about.”

Due to supply chain issues, buyers could wait months for a new RV instead of being able to get one on the spot by buying used, Carver said.

Units on display include gas and diesel motor homes, travel trailers, toy haulers, 5th wheelers, park models and motor homes of all styles, brands and price ranges.

The show also allows attendees to browse more than 50 outdoor and camping vendors, showcasing gear and accessories to help outfit RVers or provide camping information nationwide.

Items include new towing systems, specialty RV lighting insurance, unique camping gear, and where to camp nationwide. Daily travel and RV maintenance seminars will also be offered.

Now is a good time to buy, as the RV market has never been hotter, organizers said. People are avoiding cruises and air travel due to fear of COVID and exploring the great outdoors, making an RV a necessity.

The RV Industry Association recently declared 2021 the “The year of the motorhome.” With 62% more motorhome riders in 2021 than in 2001 and the dramatic increase in the popularity of motorhomes, the national association reported that the pandemic signals a fundamental change in the way Americans travel, spend their holidays and live.

“People are looking for alternatives to outdoor adventures, planes and cruises. So there’s been a sales boom, and when you add in the supply chain issues in other industries and the labor shortages and people retiring and quitting, it’s caused a RV shortage. Carver said. “It still affects us now.”

The 36th Annual Fort Myers RV Show is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 with children under 16 free. Parking is free thanks to the RV Trade Association.

For more information, visit leeciviccenter.com.

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