The 29th Annual Fort Myers Recreation Vehicle Show is under way at the Lee Civic Center. And, according to a report by the North Fort Myers Neighbor, it’s a camping enthusiast’s dream as they get to see, tour and, if they have the urge, buy an RV at the show sponsored by the Florida RV Trade Association (FRTA).

Thousands came on opening day on Thursday (Jan. 23) to see the latest models, browse the vendors and perhaps make a deal for a trade or purchase.

The show features hundreds of new RVs on display, both on the grounds and in the arena, in all sizes and brands including gas and diesel motorhomes, fifth-wheels, travel trailers, toy haulers, park models, and van, truck and folding campers from 14 different dealers throughout Southwest Florida.

The event also features more than 100 booth vendors selling hard-to-find camping extras, camping locations, RV insurance, mobile phone services and more, along with free entertainment.

The RVs were coming in as early as Tuesday, with vendors arriving to set up on Wednesday for the Thursday opening for the four-day event that continues through Sunday.

And there was a huge line of people waiting to get in, not only to take advantage of the free parking and discounted ticket prices, but for the deals that could be had.

Many attendees were impressed. Brenda Carpenter, who was visiting from Virginia, already owned an RV and wanted to see how she could improve on their current model.

“We want to enhance the one that we have. When you get the Class A, you need mechanical knowledge and experience in how things operate,” Carpenter said. “A lot of people can tow them, with a big pickup and not as many things go wrong.”

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