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2024 Calendar of RV Shows in Florida

RV Shows in Florida are a great opportunity to view the various classes and models of recreational vehicles offered by multiple dealers in a single location.

We do our best to pinpoint exact dates for RV shows in Florida, but they are not always available far in advance, so we give you our best projections and update this calendar when dates do become available.

If you know about an RV Show that we don’t know about, please E-mail to [email protected] with the subject “RV Show”

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Motorhomes for sale at an RV show in Florida (Credit: Can Stock Photo / paulb)

2024 Calendar of RV Shows in Florida

April – May 2024

April 4-7, 9-14, 2024. Daytona Beach 10-Day RV Show. (Closed on Monday, April 8) New and used RV’s and vans. Outdoor show. Free parking. Free admission. Daytona International Speedway, 1801 W. International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL 32114. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

April 11-14, 2024. Fort Myers Adventure Van and RV Show. “Heavily discounted” new and used adventure vans, motorhomes and travel trailers at the indoor RV Show inside the Lee County Civic Center. 9 am-7 pm. Free admission. Indoor show at the Lee Civic Center 11831 Bayshore Rd., North Fort Myers, FL.

May 3-5, 2024 (3 days) — Florida Outdoor Expo, South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Boulevard, West Palm Beach, FL 33411. Exhibitors displays for Archery, Backyard Living, Biking, Boating, Camping, Fishing, Motorsports, Watersports. General Admission: $14. Friday, 12p-6p; Saturday: 10a-6p; Sunday, 10a-5p.

May 16-29, 2024 (4 days) — Fort Myers RV Show. Indoor RV show. Free parking. Free admission. Lee Civic Center, 11831 Bayshore Rd., North Fort Myers, FL 33917

June 2024

June 6-9, 2024 Tampa Bay Summer RV Show. Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 North, Tampa FL, 33610. Multiple dealers. 4 days (Th-Su) 9 am-5 pm. Admission $5. Parking is $10 for cars, $16 for RVs. Onsite camping. Nearby camping: Best camping near Tampa Bay

August 2024

August 17, 2024North Central Florida Outdoor Expo in Ocala, World Equestrian Center, 1750 NW 80th Ave, Ocala, FL 34482. Event featured more than 140 vendors. 9 am-3 pm. Parking is free. Admission $5.

September-October 2024

Dates TBA (Check back for updates) — Jacksonville Fall RV Show. 8 participating dealers. Admission $10. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (Thursday – Saturday); 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (Sunday). Jacksonville Equestrian Center, 13611 Normandy Blvd, Jacksonville, FL  32221.

Dates TBA (Check back for updates) — Fort Myers RV Show. New and used adventure vans, motorhomes and travel trailers at the indoor RV Show inside the Lee County Civic Center. Free admission. Lee Civic Center 11831 Bayshore Rd., North Fort Myers, FL.

November 2024

Dates TBA (Check back for updates) — Tampa Bay Fall RV Show. Three local dealers. Onsite camping. 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (Thursday – Saturday); 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (Sunday). Admission $5. Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 North, Tampa FL, 33610.

Dates TBA (Check back for updates) — West Palm Beach RV Show. Hours TBA. South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Boulevard, West Palm Beach, FL  33411

More nearby camping: Best camping near Tampa Bay

December 2024

Dates TBADaytona Beach Holiday RV Show. 9 am to dusk. Daytona International Speedway. Free parking. Free admission. Hosted by La Mesa RecVanm of Sanford.

Dates TBAWest Palm Beach Holiday RV Show. South Florida Fairgrounds 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL. Free parking and free admission.


2025 RV Shows in Florida

January

Editors Note: No dates have been announced yet for Florida RV Shows in 2025, so we’ve left the 2024 dates as a reference.

2025 Dates TBA (Last year: January 4-7, 2024) — Bonita Springs RV Show. Clearance event. Free admission, free parking. 9 am until dusk at the Bonita Springs Poker Room, 28010 Race Track Rd., Bonita Springs, FL 34135. Top-name adventure van, motorhome and trailer RVs.

(January 4-7, 2024) — Daytona Mammoth RV Show. Sponsored by La Mesa RV of Sanford. Free parking and admission. 9 a.m. until dusk. Daytona International Speedway, 1801 W International Speedway Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL 32114

(January 17-21, 2024) — Florida RV Supershow, Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 North, Tampa FL, 33610. Wed-Sat: 9 am-6 pm; Sun: 9 am-5 pm. 2-day Admission: $15. Onsite camping. More nearby camping: Best camping near Tampa Bay

Related story: Best camping near Tampa Bay

(January 25-28, 2024) — Fort Myers RV Show, JetBlue Park
11500 Fenway South Drive, Fort Myers, FL  33913. Multiple dealers, seminars, vendors. 10 am-5 pm. Admission $10. Parking is free.

February-March

(February 8-11, 2024) — Greater Jacksonville RV Mega Show Jacksonville Equestrian Center, 13611 Normandy Boulevard, Jacksonville, Florida 32221. Multiple RV dealers, vendors. Hours and admission TBA.

(February 15-18, 2024) West Palm Beach RV Show, South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Boulevard, West Palm Beach, FL 33411. Multiple dealers, vendor booths. Indoor RV Show. Admission free. Parking free. Email: [email protected]

(February 29-March 3, 2024) — Ocala RV Show. Florida Horse Park, 11008 County Road 475, Ocala, Florida 34480. Multiple dealers. 4 days (Th-Su) 9 a.m.-5 pm. Admission $5. Parking free.

FAQ: Your questions answered about RV Shows in Florida

What is an RV show?

Multiple local dealers gather on common ground, often at fairgrounds, convention centers or large parking lots at shopping malls. The purpose is to gain exposure to more people than might ordinarily visit their sales lots, from beginners and the curious to veterans and full-timers. The larger shows include vendors selling RV accessories and supplies.

Who goes to RV shows?

RV shows are not just for beginners. Experienced RVers are always looking to upgrade or upsize. As a result, you’ll see a broad mix of attendees. Newbies should keep in mind it’s possible, even likely, they’ll be back in a few years to upgrade, and dealers know it.

What different types of recreation vehicle at RV shows?

There are seven classes of recreation vehicles that you’ll find on display at most RV shows:

Pop-up Tent Camper — A step up from tent camping while still appealing to ‘purists’, the tent camper has collapsable sides that fold into a trailer box. The are lightweight with a low profile and can be towed behind almost any vehicle, including compact cars equipped with a Class I or II trailer hitch. Although minimal amenities, some tent campers are equipped with a mini-kitchen with refrigerator, limited storage and a few even have toilets, but don’t expect much more. Popular with beginners.

Travel Trailer — A tiny house on wheels, the Travel Trailer is the most common recreational vehicle. They come in many sizes (15-35 feet in length) and require a Class III or IV hitch on your vehicle. It’s critical that you match the gross vehicle of your trailer to the tow capacity of your tow vehicle. Smaller trailers (14-20 feet) are single axle, while trailers more than 20 feet in length are usually dual axle, the advantage being stability and road safety. The advantage of a travel trailer is the ability to set it up once and leave it at your campsite while you wander off in your tow vehicle. Travel Trailers come in many configurations: bunk beds, full baths, rear or front living areas with muliple convertible beds, some even have slide-out kitchens with an island!

Fifth Wheel — A Fifth Wheel is an oversized travel trailer with a “fifth wheel” coupling that mounts on your tow vehicle above the rear axle. In most cases, the tow vehicle is a heavy-duty pickup truck. Typically, Fifth Wheels have all the amenities of home, including a large master bedroom with an en suite bath, fully equipped kitchen, slideouts, living room and dining area.

Toy Hauler — A large travel trailer or Fifth Wheel with a garage in the rear for carrying motorcycles, golf carts, bicycles and other toys. Most will have a queen-size bed that can be lowered from the ceiling to create a bedroom once the garage is emptied, and the garage door converts to an outdoor deck. The compromise you make is that living area is reduced considerably, eliminating a dining area, for example.

Class A Mobile Home — Literally a decked-out bus with all the comforts of home. They are very popular with entertainers on tours, full-timers and seasonal travelers who migrate with the weather, often towing a small car for convenience when they reach their destination. Motor homes are at the luxury end of the recreational vehicle market and often cost in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Class B Van — Compact and versatile, the Class B is your classic van with a raised roofline to provide headroom. Very compact but convenient for short weekend hops or long-distance touring. Some are luxurious and expensive ($100,000 and up), but simpler van conversions can be found in the $40,000 to $100,00 range.

Class C Cab-over — Typically built on pickup truck chassis with bunk over the driver’s cab, the Class C is a popular, self-contained option for frequent travelers. In addition to the bunk above the cab, the Class C universally has a dining pod that converts into a full-size bed, sometimes on a slide-out. Surprisingly spacious, enhanced by the open cab with high-end swivel drivers and passenger seats. The downside is having to disconnect and reconnect your hookups every time you want to leave your campsite, and the storage tanks for black water, gray water and fresh water are small.

Can I get a good deal at an RV show?

The short answer is YES. Dealer markups are high, and dealers have to haul their rigs to the event grounds. They don’t want to haul them back unsold. If you’re ready to buy, make your best deal and compare offers. Don’t be too eager, but it does pay to show interest and let the sales associates know that you are in the market.

Before you go to an RV Show

This is a big purchase, likely to be $20,000, $30,000 or more, so it’s a good idea have financing lined up in advance. Dealers offer financing at competitive rates, sometimes bargain rates, but you should be ready with your own.

Make a list of what you need in your recreational vehicle and set priorities. Everything is a compromise. You won’t always get what you want for the price you’re willing to pay, but you can come close.

You should also have a storage plan before you buy. Know your zoning laws, and check prices of storage lots if you can’t park your new RV at home. Storage can be a major expense and may actually cost more than your monthly RV loan payments.

Talk to your insurance agent in advance. Insurance can add significant unplanned costs, especially in a hurricane zone.

RVspeak: Jargon you should know

Awning: A powered rollout awning on most new recreational vehicles to provide shade and protection from rain.

Blackwater: Wastewater from the RV toilet.

Blackwater tank: The tank that stores the blackwater, which is usually separate from the greywater tank, which stores shower, sink and dishwater. On small RVs, they may be combined into one tank.

Brake controller: A device used to control the electric brakes on the trailer from your tow vehicle.

City water hookup: A fitting on the outside of the RV for connecting a hose for fresh water from an external, pressurized, supply. 

Diesel pusher: A motorcoach with its engine in the rear, instead of the front.

Dry docking (aka boondocking): Camping in an any area without water, electricity and sewer hookups.

Dry weight: The weight of your RV from the factory plus dealer options. Usually includes appliances, but not always.

Dump station: A place where waste-water tanks can be emptied. Most campgrounds (not all) have at least one.

Electric trailer brakes: On travel trailers and fifth-wheel trailers, usually over a certain weight, a supplemental system of stopping the rig is needed. 

Freshwater tank: Storage tank for fresh water when “dry camping” or on the road.

Full hookup: A campsite featuring water, electric, and sewer connections. At many private campgrounds, a cable TV connection will also be available.

Full-timer: A person who lives 100% of the time in the RV. 

Garage: Storage area built into the recreation vehicle for toys, hoses, tools, chairs, portable grills, tables, etc.

Graywater: Waste water from the sinks and showers.

Gross vehicle weight: The weight of the trailer plus its load capacity (your stuff). Also known as wet weight.

Landing gear: These are powered jacks on fifth wheels that lift the trailer off the coupler from the pickup truck bed. During travel, they retract into the trailer.

Levelling jacks: Common on motorhomes, these are powered jacks that help level the recreational vehicle, not to be confused with Stabilizer Jacks that keep trailers from rocking.

Newbie: A first-time buyer. We were all newbies once, so be kind. 🙂

Rig: Jargon for recreational vehicle.

RV mattress: Often a “Short Queen” on small- to medium-sized rigs. An “RV Short Queen is 60 x 74, compared to a 60×80 standard queen. Similarly, an “RV Short King” is 70-72 x 74; an “RV King” is 70-72 x 80. The “shorts” feel even shorter when the headboard is curved at the front of the trailer. I’m 6’1″, and my feet hang over the foot of our short queen.

Sewer hose: An expandable hose that connects the RV’s blackwater/greywater outlet to a sewer hookup at the campsite or dump station, often stored in the rear bumper while traveling or when hookups are not available.

Shore power: Electrical hookups in campgrounds. Most are 30 amps (common power supply for trailers and Class C’s) and 50 amps (common for motor homes). Almost all also have a secondary 15-amp (normal household current for pop-up trailers).

Slide-out: A powered unit that slides out when the recreational vehicle is stationary to create more interior space, usually a dinette but sometimes a living area, kitchen or bedroom.

Toad: A vehicle towed by a self-contained motor home.

Tongue jack: The tongue jack raises and lowers the trailer when you hitch up, and it’s the primary support for your trailer at your campsite or in storage. It also adjusts your trailer’s pitch for leveling. Most trailers have electric jacks these days, but many still have hand cranks. My first trailer had a hand crank, but I soon replaced it with electric.

Tongue weight: The downward force exerted on the hitch at the trailer tongue, so know the tongue capacity of your tow vehicle, and compare it to the trailer’s tongue weight, before you buy.

Umbilical cord: The electrical cord that connects the RV trailer to the towing vehicle (car, van, SUV, or truck).

Wallydocking: Drydocking in a Walmart parking lot. Not all Walmart parking lots are open to overnight RV stays, but many 24-hour stores do. If you see a cluster of RVs in one corner of the parking lot, it’s probably OK. If in doubt, check with the store manager.

Weight distribution hitch: A special hitch on travel trailers that evenly distributes the gross vehicle weight on the wheels of both the tow vehicle and the trailer. Often misstated as a stabilizer or sway bar, although it does help control trailer sway and stabilize.

Wet bath: A bathroom where the sink and toilet are inside the shower stall. The smaller the trailer, the more likely you’ll have one.

Wet weight: Salesmen use this term loosely, but it means the same as gross vehicle weight.

Winterize: The maintenance of an RV’s water system to protect it from damage during cold winter storage. 

For more terms, visit Wikipedia > Recreational Vehicle Terms

Things to consider when buying an RV

Storage Tanks — Most RVs have a fresh water tank, a gray water tank (for showers, sinks and dishwater) and a black water tank (for you know what). Smaller rigs may combine gray and black water in a single tank. Many RVers just use rest rooms at campgrounds, reducing the need for large tanks, but your indoor lavatory is extremely convenient and could get a lot of use. Gray water tanks fill up fastest, so you want a larger tank, if possible. Pay attention to the specs on the rig you plan to buy and match it to your needs.

I’m looking at travel trailers. How much can I tow?

Your tow vehicle is critical, and you won’t always get a straight answer from salespeople. I found that out when I bought my first travel trailer.

There are two critical factors: Gross vehicle weight and tongue weight, and your tow vehicle must match or exceed the trailer’s. Both specifications will be printed on a label on the outside of the recreational vehicle.

There are two weights listed for your trailer: The dry weight as it left the factory and the gross vehicle weight, which includes everything you carry — clothing, TVs, bicycles, pots and pans, plates and utensils, food, bottled water, coffee makers and appliances not factory installed. Roughly figure 500 pounds per person in additional weight. (Yes! 500 pounds!)

The tongue weight is the maximum weight the hitch on your tow vehicle can support, and it varies from vehicle to vehicle. Some salesmen will point out “a cushion” built into a vehicle’s towing capacity. This might be true, but don’t buy it.

My personal recommendation is to leave a 1,000-pound cushion between the gross vehicle weight of the trailer and the towing capacity of your vehicle for extra pulling power needed for steep mountain grades.

Have you ever seen the movie “The Long, Long Trailer” staring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz? The movie was made in 1953, but it still has legs.

Buy the DVD on Amazon. It is endlessly entertaining, and a must-own video for RVers.

The Long, Long Trailer (1954)
  • Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Marjorie Main (Actors)
  • Vincente Minnelli (Director)

What else will I want to buy?

Once you buy your recreational vehicle, you’ll discover hundreds of accessories you’ll want to make life easier, and there will likely be dozens of vendors at RV shows ready to take your money — including the dealer who is selling you the RV.

One of the most common accessories from the dealer will be a weight distribution hitch for travel trailers, which distributes weight evenly between all the wheels on your tow vehicle and travel trailer. If your travel trailer weighs more than your tow vehicle, you should probably buy it.

Here are a few more accessories you’ll want to buy:

A portable waste-water tank to empty your gray-water tank without having to disconnect and move your RV every time you need to go to the dump station. Blackwater tanks will usually last 5-7 days, but gray-water tanks fill up in 2-3 days if you’re not careful. Here’s one we like:

Sale
Camco Rhino 15-Gallon Camper / RV Portable Waste Tank - Features Large Heavy-Duty No-Flat Wheels & Low Drain Hole - Includes Removable Steel Tow Adapter, 3’ RV Sewer Hose & More RV Accessories (39000)
8,450 Reviews
Camco Rhino 15-Gallon Camper / RV Portable Waste Tank – Features Large Heavy-Duty No-Flat Wheels & Low Drain Hole – Includes Removable Steel Tow Adapter, 3’ RV Sewer Hose & More RV Accessories (39000)
  • SIMPLIFY RV WASTE DISPOSAL: Make waste disposal hassle-free with Camco’s portable waste tank. Easily transport waste from your RV black…
  • EFFORTLESS TRANSPORT: Haul your waste with ease with no-flat wheels built for any terrain, an oversized handle for easy maneuvering, & a…
  • TOUGH & RELIABLE: Measuring 20 ½″ (L) x 13″ (W) x 32 1/4″ (H) and weighing 31.5 lb, this RV essential is constructed from durable,…

A pop-up canopy is a great accessory, especially if you have kids and need more cover for the tribe than your RV awning will provide. Here’s a lightweight canopy we like from EZ-Up, who set the standard. I bought my first EZ-Up more than 20 years ago.

Sale
E-Z UP Sierra II Instant Pop Up Outdoor Canopy 10′ x 10′, Roller Bag and 4 Piece Spike Set, Royal Blue
  • Lightweight & portable – weighing only 31 pounds This lightweight canopy is one of our lightest and most portable models.
  • One minute setup – takes only a minute to set up. Folding steel frame with no loose parts. No tools required. Setup and breakdown is quick…
  • Angle leg design – 64 sqft of shade. Stable base with an extra wide 10’x10′ Footprint and 8’x8′ At top. Weight: 31 lbs.

Collapsible chairs fold up and can slide into narrow spaces, such as your RV’s storage “garage.” You will be spending most of your time outside, and this Coleman collapsible is the gold standard. It’ll be the go-to chair for visitors to your campsite, so buy more than one. I own three of them.

Sale
Coleman Camp Chair with 4-Can Cooler | Folding Beach Chair with Built in Drinks Cooler | Portable Quad Chair with Armrest Cooler for Tailgating, Camping & Outdoors, Black, Roomy seat: 24″
  • Built-in cooler: Keeps up to 4 cans cold and easily accessible
  • Hours of comfort: Thanks to fully cushioned seat and back
  • Convenient features: Side pockets, mesh cup holder, adjustable arm heights

A folding table is a must-have. Perfect for portable gas grills, use as a side table or backup for those times you encounter a grungy campground picnic table. Stores flat in your RV “garage.”

Sale
Best Choice Products 4ft Plastic Folding Table, Indoor Outdoor Heavy Duty Portable w/Handle, Lock for Picnic, Party, Camping – White
  • HEAVY-DUTY TABLE TOP: Place food, drinks, and much more on the strong, easy-to-clean table top with high-quality plastic up to 17% thicker…
  • INDOOR/OUTDOOR USE: Versatile use makes it perfect as a dining or game table for outdoor cookouts or birthday parties, or as a serving or…
  • STURDY SUPPORT: Powder-coated steel legs, frame joint locks, and non-slip rubber feet help to keep the table in place during every event

Do you have more suggestions? Tell everyone about your experiences in the Comments section below.

Resources: Florida RV Trade Association, RVShare.com, rvlifestyle.com


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David

Monday 19th of June 2023

Great informative article, Bob!

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