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Went to the Pittsburgh RV Show yesterday. It was bitter cold only 7 degrees and we got there at 10:30 1/2 hour after it opened. I got the last parking spot in the garage attached to the convention center.

There was a large crowd. Both of the main exhibit floors were full of RV's only. This is an improvement over years past. They even had a few small RV units in the upper lobby area. There seemed to be more campgrounds represented as well. I talked to the owner of the dealership where I purchased my 5th wheel and asked why they didn't have any Grand Design units. Turns out that the dealers or other powers have an agreement to not overlap makes / models if at all possible. Since my dealer had other makes and models to show they let another dealer show the Grand Design units. I guess this makes sense so that you can see more unique rigs.

We enjoyed ourselves and spent about six hours there.There seemed to be many people serious about buying as there were already a few sold signs on some units.

The RV show runs from Jan 6th through the 14th

Hours are:
Monday thru Friday: 4 pm - 9 pm
Saturdays: 10 am - 9 pm
Sundays: 10 am - 5 pm

Ticket prices are:
Adults: $12
Seniors 55 and over: $10
Active Military: $10
Children 6 - 16: $5
Children 5 and under: FREE

Buy one adult admission, get one free Monday and Tuesday only. Offer NOT valid with any other tickets, coupons or promotions.

Discount coupons available at Shop & Save

Convention Center Parking is $12

Food and beverages are expensive A bottle of water is $3.50

the website for more info is

Pittsburgh RV Show

It was a great way to get out of the house and spend some time around other RV'ers and RV's

Dave


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You gotta pay to get in? No thanks.


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dpgllg wrote:

.There seemed to be many people serious about buying as there were already a few sold signs on some units.


I doubt it! That is a common practice to place sold signs in units not really sold. It develops a sense of urgency among buyers, and also instills a sense of acceptance since other people are buying as well.
Psychology is alive and well in the sales department!

See, it even fooled you!

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Thanks for posting the information.

Was the sales staff using high pressure tactics? I noticed that last time I attended the Hershey RV Show.

Paying to go to a show is annoying. But, it's how the venue pays the bills.
If it was free to attend, there could be many non-RV types using it for entertainment, or a babysitting service.

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gbopp wrote:

Thanks for posting the information.

Was the sales staff using high pressure tactics? I noticed that last time I attended the Hershey RV Show.

Paying to go to a show is annoying. But, it's how the venue pays the bills.
If it was free to attend, there could be many non-RV types using it for entertainment, or a babysitting service.


There were certain dealers such as Camping World and Campers Inn that seemed more in your face but the family run dealers waited for you to approach them or they would just ask if they could help and then move on.

I have never attended the Hershey show but would like to some day.

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dpgllg wrote:

gbopp wrote:

Thanks for posting the information.

Was the sales staff using high pressure tactics? I noticed that last time I attended the Hershey RV Show.

Paying to go to a show is annoying. But, it's how the venue pays the bills.
If it was free to attend, there could be many non-RV types using it for entertainment, or a babysitting service.


There were certain dealers such as Camping World and Campers Inn that seemed more in your face but the family run dealers waited for you to approach them or they would just ask if they could help and then move on.

I have never attended the Hershey show but would like to some day.


No desire to attend the Pittsburgh Fiasco this year, especially with Campers Inn (Formerly Clems) and now Camping World (Formerly Coopers). Neither were the greatest prior to the buyouts, but now both are a lot worse. There are a few really good dealers at that show however, Brooks Trailer Sales is one of them. Typically the "Show Special" prices are about a grand higher at the Pittsburgh show than you could walk on one of their lots next week, and get after the show. The Pittsburgh show has always been that way. Floorspace at that convention center is not cheap, and you can bet not one of those dealers is paying for one sq ft of it out of pocket.

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