Sneak Peek at National RV Trade Show in Louisville, KY

Written by on December 2, 2013 in Models, Videos with 10 Comments

The annual Recreation Vehicle Industry Association trade show in Louisville is the big one for the RV industry, providing a sneak peek at what’s new aimed at dealers and industry insiders to help them get ready for the next year. Held at the Massive Kentucky Exposition Center, this year’s 51st  edition of the show opens Tuesday. But Jennifer and I got in early for a sneak peek of our own.

The RVIA expects  more than 8,000 attendees this week. Over 300 acres of display space will be filled by 61 manufacturers and 225 suppliers. On Monday, many of the displays were still being readied.

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The Roadtrek display at the RVIA 2013 trade show in Louisville

Naturally, we made our way straight to the Roadtrek area where we found six of Roadtrek’s nine different models all polished up and surrounded by rows of bright red holiday poinsettias.

Showing off this week in Louisville are the 170 Versatile, the eTrek, the CS Adventurous, the 210 Popular, the 40th Anniversary Special Edition of the 190 Popular and the newest Roadtrek model which goes on sale next year – the TS Adventurous, for Touring Series. We’ll show you more on each of them later this week.

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The new Winnebago Travato

All the major Type B small motorhomes are also here, as well as the Tupe A and C coaches, travel trailers and other RVs. We got a look at one of the more anticipated new models – the just released Winnebago Travato, a 20-foot long Type B motorhome built on the Dodge Ram Promaster chassis. This one has a rear bed that folds tight along the side, leaving room to load bicycles or golf clubs or other storage items through the rear doors onto the back area of the coach.

Once you reach your destination, you haul the storage items outside and fold down the bed for sleeping.

There is no sofa area on the Travato and it seems that, while driving, the entire rear section of the motorhome would be pretty useless. Still, it’s interesting to see what the different manufacturers can do with the various chassis.

We’ll be here all three days of the show. So stay tuned.

 



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About the Author: Mike is a veteran journalist who, with his wife, Jennifer, and Norweigian Elkhound, Tai, travels North America in a Type B motorhome, blogging about the people, places, joys and frustrations of RV life on the road. He is the official on-the-road reporter for the Family Motor Coach Association. a columnist with Family Motor Coaching Magazine and his Roadtreking reports appear in numerous newspapers and publications. He enjoys camping (obviously), hiking, biking, fitness, photography, video editing and all things dealing with technology. His PC MIke TV reports, on personal technology are distributed weekly to all 215 NBC-TV stations. .

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  1. Jennifer Clark says:

    Would love to have one

  2. Campskunk says:

    it’s been a few years since we could be comfortable on a bed as narrow as the Travato’s. i’m not optimistic about mattress thickness, either. call me a fuddy-duddy, but the permanent rear bed is the only design that makes sense to me as a fulltimer. i don’t need all that haul your toys functionality – if you gave me some mountain bikes i’d sell ‘em ;-)

  3. Pam Hicks says:

    You two produce great “duo” reports! Mike, of course, you’re a pro & Jen, you’re a natural.

  4. Verna says:

    I was greatly disappointed in the film clip!!!!! I expected to see the campers not the building ,not the people walking not the camper name signs , not the outside of the building, I wanted to see the motorhomes, both inside and out!!!!!! That is what was shown the least!!!!!! Darn!!!!

  5. Ted says:

    Gotta love people like Verna who apparently didn’t bother to listen or read the fact that the show has NOT YET OPENED and therefore not ready to be displayed beyond the “sneak peek” you provided. We think you did a great job Mike and Jennifer.
    Looking forward to what you bring when it opens.

  6. Cheryl says:

    How exciting! Another year has come and gone….can’t wait to see your reports on all the new stuff!

  7. Dave Miller says:

    Keep up the great work Mike and Jennifer. I look forward to your reports.
    We are really lucky to have you onsite and reporting!
    Bigfoot Dave

  8. Maureen says:

    Lookin goooooood! Can’t wait to see more tours. Thanks Mike and Jennifer.

  9. Roger says:

    Mike, Were you able to put together any information following the trade show? Videos, etc? Would love to hear/see your impressions from the show! I just looked through the videos so if you’ve posted it somewhere else, I might’ve missed it.

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