Visiting the California RV Show? Everything You Need to Know Before You Go

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The 67th California RV Show, the largest RV show on the USA west coast, is happening October 4–13, 2019. And we are going to be there! This year, the show will be bigger and better than ever, and at an exciting new location. For the first time, the Auto Club Speedway, in Fontana, CA will be home to over a million square feet of RVs, and more than 1,000 rigs from 40+ manufacturers. There will be motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth wheels, truck campers, pop ups, trucks and everything in between.

Whether you are dreaming about buying your first RV, considering an upgrade, in serious RV shopping mode or ready to buy, you will want to make your way down to this event. Read on for all the details. PLUS a coupon code to get a discount on your tickets.

It’s no secret. We love RV shows. We love checking out all the different makes, models and innovations. Seeing the latest trends. Dreaming about what we might like in our next RV. Checking out the newest RV gear, gadgets and accessories. So yes. As you can probably tell, we are very excited for our first ever visit to the California RV show this year!

Whether it’s your first visit, or your 50th, here are some details about the show, and tips for making the most of your time at the California RV Show.

Planning your visit to the California RV Show

The California RV Show attracts 40,000 RV dreamers, enthusiasts, and serious shoppers throughout the ten day show. This year, the venue has changed to a much bigger and more exciting location, with even more to see and do. 

Where is it?

The 67th California RV Show will be held at the Auto Club Speedway, located at 9300 Cherry Avenue, Fontana, CA.

Formerly known as California Speedway, they have been hosting NASCAR races annually, since 1997. A NASCAR racer will actually be leading the RVs into the display area. Learn more about the Speedway here as well as the Go-Karting.

When is it?

The show kicks off on Friday, October 4th and finishes up on Sunday, October 13th, 2019.  That’s ten days of RV nirvana, including two full weekends. 

The show is open from 10am – 6pm every day.  

What will you find at the show?

PLENTY of RVs. In fact, more than one million square feet of space will be filled with over 1,000 RVs from more than 40 manufacturers. There will be several dealers – and representatives from the manufacturers too. And they will all be bringing their best “show prices” to sell their RVs. 

There is much more than just RVs and RV gear to see at the show. There will also be live entertainment, celebrity appearances, rides, food vendors and other family friendly attractions.

Seminar Schedule

The California RV Show also has daily seminars – covering everything from RV shopping tips to RV care and maintenance, traveling with pets, boondocking, cooking and more.

Wanting to learn more about the RV Life?

Join us for our very own seminars on Living the RV Life. We will be sharing what it is like living full-time in an RV. We will also share some of the tips and advice we have learned over the years, and be answering questions too. Here are the seminar dates and times:

Our Seminar Dates and Times:

Sunday, October 6 @ 3.30pm: Living the RV Life with Marc and Julie Bennett

Saturday, October 12 @ 12noon: Living the RV Life with Marc Bennett

Grab an autographed copy of our book Living The RV Life - Your Ultimate Guide To Life On The Road

We will also have copies of our bestselling book “Living the RV Life – Your Ultimate Guide to Life on the Road” available at the California RV Show. Already have a copy? Bring it along – we’ll be happy to sign it, after the seminar or at one of our meetups! We will have books for sale, and sharpies ready to sign them for you, and grab a photo together!

You will be able to find our book at the Campground Views/California RV Parks Booth. We will be stopping by their booth at 12noon most days, to visit and sign books. Brett and Danelle from our Ultimate RV Makeover Series will be manning their booth. So stop by anytime – they would love to meet you!

RVer Meetups and Book Signings

There will be meetups with us – Marc and Julie of RVLove – and some of your favorite RVers and YouTubers, including Mike and Jennifer Wendland of RVLifestyle and Kyle Brady of Drivin’ and Vibin’. 

Saturday, October 5 at 11am: Meetup with RVLove, Drivin’ & Vibin’ and RV Lifestyle (at the Campground Views/California RV Parks Association booth – unless it gets too big and we have to relocate elsewhere. The booth will advise of any changes, and we will also share on Facebook).

Every Day at 12noon: Book Signings with RVLove. We will be signing books at midday most days at the Campground Views/California RV Parks Association Booth.

Meetup with RVLOVE, Drivin n Vibin, and RV Lifestyle

When: Saturday, October 5 at 11:00am Pacific Time 

Where: The California Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds / Campground Views Vendor Booth

Come on down and meet us all together!

Win Great Prizes

There are some big prize giveaways happening at the show as well. You could win an RV, an ATV, an Electric Bike and More! The biggest prize is a Lance Travel Trailer, but there are some other great prizes up for grabs too.  All you need to do is enter the drawing.

What about parking?

Another great thing about hosting the event at Auto Club Speedway, is that there will be plenty of FREE car parking. With more than 3,000 parking spaces and two entrances, it will be easy to make your way into the event and park your vehicle. Handicap/accessible parking is available. 

Address: Auto Club Speedway, 9300 Cherry Avenue, Fontana CA 92335

Click here for event location and directions

Where can you stay?

If you are coming in from out of town and don’t already have an RV, you can find some local hotels here

And while there won’t be RV parking overnight at the Speedway, there are several RV parks and campgrounds to choose from. Click here to search for local camping options

Other Useful Info

Wheelchairs and motorized scooters will also be available on a first come, first served basis. 

There are plenty of free trolley rides to get around the show.

And yes, the California RV show is dog friendly, so bring your dog along.

Being a Speedway, there are also plenty of racing activities. You can even rent a Go Kart that goes up to 80 miles per hour, at CalSpeed Karting Center, onsite. Find out more here

What's the weather forecast?

The 10 days of the show will be hot and sunny! Temps will range between 82F and 92F, so dress appropriately. Wear sunscreen and/or something to cover up, comfy shoes, and stay hydrated! Bring bottled water or buy it at the show.

Buy your tickets with a discount code

General Admission tickets at the gate are $15. But you can save time and money when you book your tickets online in advance. Use the code RV3 to SAVE $3 on the GA gate price. Click here to book your tickets now

Tips for RV Shopping

Hopefully, you have already found a lot of useful, free, content here on our website and YouTube channel. Here are some of our most popular articles and videos, to get you off on the right foot.

Read our article – Choosing the Right Type of RV For You

Get some great tips and advice from several RVers in this video “What we wish we knew before we started RVing”

You can also get a head start by reading Chapters 2 and 3 of our book “Living the RV Life – Your Ultimate Guide to Life on the Road”. These will help you think about and prioritize what’s most important to you in an RV, and educate you on the most important things to look for when shopping RVs. It’s a great guide to keep you on track on your RVing journey.

If you are in serious RV shopping mode, it literally pays to be well educated on all things RV.  You can do an even deeper dive into learning by signing up for our RV Success School, which gives you access to our online courses like “Choosing the Right RV for You”, “Hit the Road the Right Way” and “RV Success Series” of videos with other experienced RVers. This level of RV education will help you avoid the most common and costly mistakes and help you make the right decision for your needs.

Keep watching for more updates

This will actually be our first visit to the California RV Show. We are excited to see what they have, and share what we find with you! Keep an eye here on our blog, our YouTube channel, and social media (Instagram, Facebook) as we’ll be sharing the whole week we are there. 

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9 thoughts on “Visiting the California RV Show? Everything You Need to Know Before You Go”

    • Yes, I have seen many folks bring food and drink into the show. If you don’t bring any, there is a variety of choices at the show, including some healthy options. But, it will of course cost much more than if you brought your own.

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  1. Came to RV show on Sunday 6th of Oct didn’t find Any seminar nor book signing I seen you had a Saturday meet up it was a disappointment really was hoping to meet RV love signed book how did you make decision to trade in tiffin and the best advise for renovating the CC? since we have followed you from emails. Well hello now time to head back home from David &Della from Oceanside, Ca

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  2. Happy to get any discount, but just so you know, we purchased tickets last night with your RV3 code and saved $2.00 per ticket…not $3.
    Thanks

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    • Sorry for any confusion. For clarification, the general admission price is $15 at the gate. But if purchasing online, the tickets are discounted. And if using the coupon code, you are able to get an extra discount, so the tickets are then $12 which is $3 off.

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