Grand Rapids Camper, Travel & RV Show
January 17 - 20, 2019

Camper, Travel & RV Show Grows in 2018

Camper, Travel & RV Show Grows in 2018

For Immediate Release

Contact:  Andrew Alt, Publicist (616) 238-8665
Mike Wilbraham, Show Producer
Carolyn P. Alt, Senior Manager
(616) 447-2860 |


Camper, Travel & RV Show Grows in 2018


When the doors open on January 18 for the Grand Rapids Camper, Travel & RV Show at DeVos Place, patrons will find more vehicles and gear in more places than ever before!

“Michigan’s largest Family Vacation show is even bigger this year,” says Show Producer Mike Wilbraham. “This is the first time we’ve had vehicles in all three exhibit halls, the Grand Gallery, and filling the entire Steelcase Ballroom.  We’re hosting fourteen dealers with over 200 lines of RVs.”

The show’s growth follows record attendance in 2017, and reflects a nice trend of growth in the RV industry, as a whole.

The Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) reports a 15% increase in sales last year, with forecasts for further growth in 2018.  Overall, sales have more than doubled from what they were in 2009 during the economic downturn.

Experts credit several factors for this growth, including continued low interest rates and reasonable fuel prices, strong truck and SUV sales boosting interest in towable RVs, technological advances that make trailers and fifth wheels easier than ever to tow, and improvements in the driveability of motorhomes.

Plus, RV manufacturers have worked hard to introduce features that appeal to younger RVers, and it’s paying off:  For many years the average RV buyer was about 50 years old, but that number has been dropping.  Analysts note a steady rise in purchases by younger camping enthusiasts, and local dealers confirm this observation.

“We’ve started seeing a big increase in sales to younger buyers, even Millennials,” says General RV Sales Manager Bruce Ter Veen.  “These are young people with families or even young couples who don’t have children.”

Ecological concerns factor in to young buyers’ decisions, and Ter Veen notes today’s RVs are more environmentally friendly than ever before.

“Manufacturers have really improved fuel economy in motor homes, and they’ve found ways to lighten towable RVs which means they require less energy to pull,” Ter Veen notes.  “There are also more solar-powered options available in RVs than ever before.”

RVs have become tech-friendly too,  reflecting the needs and desires of a younger, connected generation, and patrons will find plenty of high-tech features in RVs at the show.

But although buyers want these features to be available, Ter Veen believes they also want to be able to turn them off.  “I think even the younger generation appreciates unplugging, and that’s why the RV lifestyle is so appealing,” he says.

The best way to experience that lifestyle is at the show:  Only the Grand Rapids Camper, Travel & RV Show offers a chance to see everything from micro-campers to luxurious motorhomes, plus all the latest camping equipment and RV accessories, and  the best campgrounds and travel destinations – all under one roof!

Many patrons will also appreciate the Multi-Day Ticket option that offers admission to all four days of the show at a greatly reduced price.  When buying an RV, experts recommend checking out different floor plans, then taking time to sit and walk around in a vehicle to guage its comfort and convenience.  The Multi-Day Ticket is a perfect way to spend the time you need finding the right RV for you!

In addition to RVs, destinations, and accessories the show also features free seminars and presentations, including talks on Full-Time/ Extended and Sustainable RVing with Shari Galiardi and David Hutchison.  Plus, award-winning cinematographer John Holod returns to wow patrons with his gorgeous films about RVing in our country’s most beautiful places, including Alaska, Route 66, Maine and the Canadian Maritimes, and the Rocky Mountains.


Discount weekday adult admission coupons are available online at and at participating Wendy’s Restaurants.

Dates & Times Admission
Thursday,  January 18  – 3pm – 9:30pm Adults: $10.00
Friday, January 19 – Noon – 9:30pm Multi-Day Ticket: $16.00
Saturday, January 20 – 10am – 9pm Children (6 – 14): $4.00
Sunday, January 21 – 11am – 5pm 5 & Under: Free


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