Northwest Michigan RV and Camping Show Returns to Traverse City

With the ice and snow melting it’s almost that time of year were RVs start appearing all around Northern Michigan. The 30th annual Northwest Michigan RV and Camping Show is making it’s return after missing the past two years due to COVID.

MarvacPresident and CEO of the Michigan Association of RVs and Campgrounds, John Lindley says people are excited for their return.

“There’s some pent up demand there’s no question about that. All of our shows so far have been very successful. We have no doubt that up here in northwest Michigan it’ll be successful as well,” Lindley says.

The Michigan Association of RVs and Campgrounds (MARVAC) puts on the show. They fit more than 40 RVs into the Grand Traverse Civic Center and they say they’ve got something for everybody. There’s collapsible campers all the way up to class-c motor homes. They’ve got campers for under $7,000 and all the way up to over $75,000. Lindley says there’s a lot of benefits attending an RV show.

“A great thing about a show is you can get a real good idea of what you want. You can look at different floor plans, different options. There’s a lot of difference between a collapsible camper and a class-c motor home,” Lindley explains.

MARVAC has seen an increase in first-time campers attending shows. They say since the pandemic more people have gotten interested in the outdoors.

“We’ve seen millions of people, first-time campers throughout the country over the course of the past couple of years. People returning to the outdoors. We like to call it the original social distancing. Where better to do it than right here in Pure Michigan,” Lindley says.

The show takes place this weekend at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center. The doors open at 11am and kids younger than 12 get in free.