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Sneak Peek at National RV Trade Show in Louisville, KY

| Updated Dec 2, 2013

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.

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.

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.


Mike Wendland

Published on 2013-12-02

Mike Wendland is a multiple Emmy-award-winning Journalist, Podcaster, YouTuber, and Blogger, who has traveled with his wife, Jennifer, all over North America in an RV, sharing adventures and reviewing RV, Camping, Outdoor, Travel and Tech Gear for the past 12 years. They are leading industry experts in RV living and have written 18 travel books.

29 Responses to “Sneak Peek at National RV Trade Show in Louisville, KY”

November 18, 2014at1:04 am, Kim E. Pacheco said:

Gina Pacheco Gallegos

November 17, 2014at10:28 pm, Bobby Brown said:

Jean Sanders Brown

November 17, 2014at10:04 pm, Daniel Powell said:

Whoa. I thought it was an RV funeral at first. 😉

July 08, 2014at5:10 pm, Pam Hicks said:

Old news – isn’t this from last year?

July 08, 2014at5:07 pm, Christian Rock Vilas said:

Is this open to the public? If so, when is it?

July 08, 2014at4:56 pm, Lawrence Wood said:

I would love to be able to do this.

July 08, 2014at4:17 pm, Marc Cagatan III said:

That’s going to be my baby in a couple of years.. ilove roadtreks…

June 15, 2014at7:24 am, Annette Wells-Gaston said:

Wish they were not so expensive and that each RV was provided with through training on every aspect of the RV before taking one out on the road.

June 15, 2014at3:26 am, Lori Winters said:

I would love to do this. Just up and go

June 14, 2014at10:11 pm, Jan Jorgensen said:


June 14, 2014at7:47 pm, Denise Weber said:

I like to be a LOOKIE LOU at RV shows and start with the ones not are wildly elaborate.

June 14, 2014at3:36 pm, Thomas Jones said:

I’ll love to have one pls

June 14, 2014at3:26 pm, Charlotte Wilck said:

I’ll take anyone.

June 14, 2014at1:27 pm, Mike Pete said:

I’ll take the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter….the more diesel, the more MPG’s 🙂

June 14, 2014at2:08 pm, Roy Morrison said:

shucks I’m to late , that was the one I was getting. ha

June 14, 2014at1:13 pm, Mimi Wolf said:

Wow,I really want one …not a Mercedes though

June 14, 2014at1:03 pm, Sylvia Spiegel said:

Ok then, I’ll take the one on the right.

June 14, 2014at12:52 pm, Steven Evans said:

I’ll have the one on the left please 🙂

January 18, 2014at9:14 pm, Roger said:

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.

December 03, 2013at9:35 pm, Maureen said:

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

December 03, 2013at5:01 pm, Dave Miller said:

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

December 03, 2013at12:59 am, Cheryl said:

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

December 02, 2013at10:30 pm, Ted said:

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.

December 02, 2013at10:23 pm, Verna said:

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!!!!

December 02, 2013at9:20 pm, Pam Hicks said:

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

December 02, 2013at8:52 pm, Campskunk said:

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 😉

December 02, 2013at9:59 pm, Fable Fox said:

Good for you! I personally, once my dream come true, might want to have fold able bikes and fold able canoe (orukayak ?) inside my road trek.

December 02, 2013at7:20 pm, Jennifer Clark said:

Would love to have one

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