Toronto Fall RV Show & Sale
by Festival Nomad "Scoop" Correspondent, Judi McWilliams
As the Festival Nomad and I drive the highways and byways exploring the many fantastic festivals and events in Ontario we often see many RV’s along the way. The range of styles and size seems to be growing as well. Recently we discovered the Ontario Recreational Vehicles Dealers Association (ORVDA) website and their Toronto Fall RV Show. As result, we decided to contact organizer Larry Boyd, Executive Vice-President of the association. We were surprised to see just how many RV shows held each year in Ontario. Starting for us this past October, the Toronto Fall RV Show & Sale, then in the new year, Toronto RV Show and Hamilton RV Camping Show in January, Toronto International RV Show in February-March, then onto the Kitchener RV Show in April.
Gary and I have attended different types of consumer shows in the past - home shows; garden shows; golf shows; franchise shows; lifestyle shows; train shows; hobby shows and more. Each display interesting product and offer a great deal of the access to the “tools” and “toys” we all enjoy.
On this particular rainy Saturday, we headed out to the Toronto Congress Centre located near the airport. By the time we arrived the parking lot was full. This time we were "smart" to remember our own “tip” … "find a landmark where you park, so, when you depart the show you will be able to locate your car … or RV"!
The GORving Show was amazing. In a massive building each dealer had their own area to showcase their vehicles. Displays were placed in almost horseshoe shape. You could walk directly from one vehicle to the next. Each dealer's area contain their the main style of RV … from a “Park Models” to “Fold Downs”... from “Classis A Motor Homes” to “Travel Trailers”, and from “Fifth Wheels” to “Class B/B+ Motor Homes” or to "Class C Motor Homes".
What I found fascinating about this particular event was, being a "neophyte RV goer and not having a clue what questions to ask", that the best way to learn about a particular RV, was to “eavesdrop” on other RV goer's conversations. One might call this being rude, however, by listening to their comments, questions and concerns I learned a lot. Here are a few topics - stability while driving, storage for bikes, propane.
What else amazed me, was the true professionalize of the sales staff. They were not like one might expect, not “pushy salesmen”. They were knowledgeable, patient with our neophyte questions. I didn’t get the feeling of being pushed. The show offers plenty of different products and great quality. All combined, it seems to me, that this plus folks own personal preferences, make up the decisions of an educated purchase rather than a forced or pressured one.
After visiting so many fall fairs, it was a surprise to see one display welcoming us with stacks of hay bails, corn stalks and pumpkins. It set the stage nicely to help us embrace the experience. The best place for advice, this day, was our chat with Larry Boyd, who has been involved in the industry for over 42 years. What better place to “get the scoop”! If you ever want to explore Rving in Ontario, or around the Country, we highly recommend you attend one of the ORVDA shows. If nothing else, you will have a fun day out to "Day Dream". Happy travels!