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Plenty of activity planned for California RV Show

Plenty of activity planned for California RV Show

POMONA, Calif. — When the largest RV Show in the West opens to the public Oct. 10, the 10-day extravaganza is sure to fuel the passions of just about every recreation vehicle enthusiast, the RV Industry Association announced today.

That’s because the 62nd Annual California RV Show will feature more than 1,200 RVs, 35 manufacturers, and 15 dealers, plus six celebrities, food and educational seminars, including the informative RV factory showcase. The show provides a free trolley and also offers mobility scooters, wheelchairs and kids wagons for rent at the entrance.

Fans will have ample opportunities to take selfies with stars this year.  Among the celebrities lined up to appear at the show is former Dodgers great Steve Garvey, who will open the event on Oct. 10 at 10 a.m. with a ceremonial first pitch. On Saturday, Oct. 11, guests can meet Garvey’s former teammate Ron Cey, along with former Angels star Chuck Finley, appearing from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. and from 2 to 4 p.m., respectively.

Returning this year is musician, RV enthusiast and reality TV star Brent Michaels, who will appear on Saturday Oct. 18 from 1:30 until 3:30 p.m.  This year, the RV show’s designated charity is the nonprofit Life Rocks Foundation started by Michaels. He will have plenty of free tee shirts to give out, plus autographed items, including some of his signature bandanas and a guitar, available for guests to purchase with proceeds going to the charity.

Former Lakers star A.C. Green and former Padres star Randy Jones will be at the show Oct. 19, appearing from noon until 2 p.m., and from 2 to 4 p.m., respectively.

Visitors can also see historian David Woodward’s 1931 Model A Ford towing a 1931 trailer, and also catch a ride in his Model T Ford. Approximately 25 vintage campers are slated to appear throughout the first week.

Gear heads will enjoy watching experts with Genesis Supreme assemble a 19-foot-long toy hauler during the show from the chassis all the way to a completed unit in real time. Cavco Industries will be displaying two of the company’s Eco Lodges in the front campground.   A brand new section of the exhibitor tent will be packed full of California campgrounds sponsored by California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds.

Airstream will be hooking a trailer up to a BMW X5 to let visitors take it through a slalom course. The company will also be assisting visitors with customized once-in-a-lifetime bucket list trips. Details are at Airstream2go.com.

Fulltime RVers Jason and Nikki Wynn, who call themselves perpetual travelers, will make a stop at the show to share their adventures.

Want to learn the basics of RV driving?  Expert Gary Lewis, of RV Basic Training, will be on hand during the show to instruct novices.

Have you experienced glamping? The Ventura Ranch KOA will display at 22-foot-tall teepee that can be rented at the campground. Kids will also enjoy the KOA rock-climbing wall that will be setup beside the teepee.

This year, there’s even a drawing for a Lance trailer.

The show runs from Oct. 10 through 19, 2014 at the Fairplex in Pomona at Gate 9. Show hours the week of the show are Sunday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Adult admission is $10; kids 17 and under are free. Active military personnel are free with ID. Parking is $10 per car, with free RV parking.

To purchase tickets online visit www.thebestrvshow.com. For more information, call 818.248.6600.

The show is produced by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), the national trade association representing recreation vehicle (RV) manufacturers and their component parts suppliers who together build more than 98 percent of all RVs produced in the United States.

SOURCE: RV Industry Association press release

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Greg Gerber is a freelance writer and podcaster who has been writing about the RV industry since 2000. He is the former editor of RV Daily Report.