For the first time ever, the Fall RV Show presented by the Midwest Gateway RV Dealers Association is coming to Chesterfield, more specifically to the parking lot of the St. Louis Premium Outlets, located on the south side of Interstate 64, just east of the Daniel Boone Missouri River Bridge.
Presented by the Midwest Gateway RV Dealers Association, the show takes place Sept. 9-11 with rain or shine hours from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday, and from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday.
The show formerly was held in Hazelwood, but Midwest Gateway RV Dealers Association Executive Director Tammy Wildman said the move “just makes sense.”
The new Chesterfield location is more centralized for those who attend not only from St. Louis, but also from Columbia, Jefferson City and Springfield, Illinois. Plus, the new location is just minutes from St. Charles, Franklin, Lincoln and Jefferson counties, and close to a multitude of Chesterfield Valley shops and restaurants.
With nearly 300 recreational vehicles, including motorhomes, 5th wheels, travel trailers, sport utility trailers, pop-ups and camper vans from 10 recreational vehicle dealers onsite, Wildman expects the show to draw travel enthusiasts from far and near, and she said there’s really no better time than the present to attend the RV show.
“This is a great time of year to shop for a new RV,” Wildman explained, “as many of the dealers that make up the Midwest Gateway RV Dealers Association are looking to make room on their lots and in their showrooms for the new models that come out in the spring.”
She explained that, in the RV industry, spring means January and February.
Show attendees also will receive a VIP Savings Passport offering exclusive coupons for many of the St. Louis Premium Outlet Mall stores. And with many show attendees returning multiple days, the nearby Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis Chesterfield has partnered with the Midwest Gateway RV Dealers Association to offer a special weekend “shop and stay” package.
“This mega RV show offers a one-stop shopping and learning opportunity for prospective buyers to compare many different models, check out various floor plans, ask questions, talk with current RVers and purchase RVs for big savings and closeout deals,” show chairman John Meyer, of Apache Village RV Center in Hazelwood, said. “Those new to RVing can find an RV that fits any budget and lifestyle, and experienced RVers can shop for an upgrade.”
In addition to offering amazing end-of-year deals on a multitude of RVs, the fall show is designed to introduce those new to the idea of RVing to the freedom, flexibility and fun of the RV lifestyle. A number of exhibitors, including campgrounds, travel destinations, convention and visitor bureaus, and RV parts and accessories will round out the show experience, immersing attendees in everything the RV lifestyle has to offer.
“Some of the best memories of my childhood stem from camping adventures with my family,” Wildman shared. “That’s what the RV lifestyle is all about. It’s an ideal way to travel and enjoy the journey in a convenient, affordable and fun way for couples, families, empty nesters and, yes, retirees.”
Wildman noted that people use their RVs for more than just camping trips or retirement travel. “We [members of the Midwest Gateway RV Dealers Association] see a lot of people purchasing RVs for travel with kids who are on select sports teams,” Wildman said. “There’s no need for hotels, just pack and go.”
Having flexibility is a large part of the allure of the “GO RVing” lifestyle.
As the owner of a recreational vehicle, you can go whenever. Take off when you want and stay as long as you like. Travel at your own pace. Whatever you decide, it’s up to you. Flexibility and freedom take the hassle out of travel, giving you more time to explore, relax and have fun.
Plus, there’s no need to sacrifice the comforts of home when you travel in an RV. Queen- and king-size beds, gourmet kitchens, leather sofas, even fireplaces in some models, can make the RV lifestyle as comfy and cozy as you want it to be.
“There’s so much to experience by going out in an RV, but the first step should be to go to the show,” Wildman said. “And remember, the admission and parking are free.”
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