8 Tips to Help You Get the Most Out of Your Next RV or Boat Show

The winter months bring some of the biggest RV and boat shows of the year to towns across America. These shows offer a unique opportunity to compare dozens of different makes and models in the same location. They also are a great place to learn about the latest equipment and accessories you can acquire to enhance your experience the next time you hit the road or the water. In addition, these shows typically offer educational experiences like fishing and destination seminars, as well as fun activities for the kids. 

For many adventure-loving families, attending their local boat or RV show is one of the highlights of the year.

Whether you are in the market for a new RV, boat, marine engine, trailer, piece of electronics, gear, or accessory, you often can find a good deal for it at a show. Manufacturers and dealers typically offer “show pricing” to entice customers to make a buying decision on the spot. But many of the winter shows – especially mega-shows like the Florida RV Supershow and Discover Boating Miami International Boat Show – are so big and spread out you might miss out on finding the products and deals you are seeking if you don’t prepare for them in advance. Here are eight tips for getting the most out of your next show.

1. What’s on your wish list? 

Start by making a list of all the products you’d like to see at the show. Consult enthusiast publications in print and online to learn about the latest new models and innovations. Think about electronics and gear that might improve your vehicle’s or vessel’s safety or performance. If you are shopping for your first RV, this blog can help you determine which type is right for you. If you are looking for your first boat, check out this article

2. Make a game plan. 

A week or two before the show, visit its website. Find the Exhibitor’s List and note the booth locations for each manufacturer or brand you want to see. Print out the map of the show and circle the booths you plan to visit. Then, chart a route that will take you to each booth without having to double back and waste time. With events like the Discover Boating Miami International Boat Show that have more than one location, plan to spend the morning in one location and the afternoon in another, so you won’t need to shuttle back and forth multiple times.

3. Time your visit. 

Shows naturally are more crowded on weekends, so if you have the luxury to attend on a weekday, you will enjoy better access to the vessels, vehicles, and other items on your list. If you check the show’s website, you also may find discounted ticket offers for particular dates, especially if you are a veteran, first responder, or are bringing children along with you. 

4. Contact a dealer. 

If you are seriously interested in purchasing a particular brand of boat or RV at a show, go to the manufacturer’s website to find the local dealer. Call the dealership in advance of the show to see if it is offering any special show pricing. Ask if you can make an appointment to tour a particular model with the dealer during the show – but be sure to bring your patience. With all the foot traffic and activity at a major boat or RV show, it’s hard for anyone to adhere to a rigorous schedule.

5. Dress for success.  

Before heading to the show, be sure to put on your most comfortable shoes as you undoubtedly will be getting your steps in! If it’s an outdoor venue, check the weather forecast so you can dress appropriately. If it is going to be sunny, wear a hat and pack sunblock. Check the show website to see if there are any restrictions on what you can bring with you, such as a large purse or backpack. Find out if you can take a canister you can refill at a water fountain to avoid paying show prices for bottled water!

6. Take a breather.  

Check the show schedule and map in advance to find locations where you can take some time to relax and get off your feet. You might watch a seminar, enjoy a meal in the food court, or listen to music in the entertainment tent. Many shows also offer VIP tickets that include entry to a private lounge where you can find uncrowded seating and refreshments during the show.  

7. Ask, “What comes with it”? 

After completing your tour of the show, if you have found an RV or boat you are seriously interested in purchasing, come back for a second look. Ask the dealer what engine(s) and equipment are included in the price. Amenities like ski tow towers and sunshades are often upgrades. If you are considering buying a trailerable boat, ask if you can purchase the trailer with the vessel or need to visit a different vendor.  

8. Protect your investment.   

No RV, boat, or trailer purchase is complete without securing insurance coverage for our new acquisition. In advance of attending any recreational vehicle show, contact Newcoast for all your boat or RV loan and insurance needs. You also can consult with the Newcoast team in person at many major recreational vehicle shows around the country. Please see a list of winter 2024 shows below.

Where to Find the Newcoast Team in the New Year

The Newcoast team travels to boat and RV shows across the country each year to provide expert financing and insurance support to showgoers. Here is a list of shows where Newcoast is exhibiting this winter.


16-21: Florida RV Supershow, Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa, FL; Booth B620.
18-21: Hartford Boat Show, Mohegan Sun Resort, Uncasville, CT; Booth 708.
18-21: St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show, Duke Energy Center for the Arts and other locations, St. Petersburg, FL; Booth 432.
24-28: Discover Boating New York Boat Show, Javits Center, New York, NY; Booth 159
24-28: Houston AutoBoative Show, NRG Center, Houston, TX; Booth 192


7-8: Prevost Motorhome Expo, South Florida Expo Center, West Palm Beach, FL; Booth 13
14-18: Discover Boating Miami International Boat Show, Miami Beach Convention Center and multiple locations, Miami, FL; Lobby Booth MB199L and Booth HP538
28-March 3: Discover Boating Atlantic City Boat Show; Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City, NJ, Booth 351


15-17, Long Island Boat Show, Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY; Booth to come
20-23, FMCA International Convention and RV Expo, Pima County Fairgrounds, Tucson, AZ; Booth 150
21-24, Palm Beach International Boat Show, Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach, FL; Booth 805/806.

Recreational vehicles can be high-ticket purchases, but if you do your homework in advance, you often can find valuable deals at the shows. And by working with Newcoast to secure financing and insurance for that dream boat or RV purchase, you will have the confidence of knowing your investment is well protected.

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