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A Texas RV Show -- The "All Valley" Rio Grande Valley RV Show in Mercedes

A Texas RV show announcement caught our attention. The newest recreational vehicles, information on campgrounds and resorts, vendor booths of RVing supplies. We headed to Mercedes for the RGV show.

The exhibit hall had a mix of vendors. Cookware dealers did demonstrations. Those selling beef jerky and dip mixes gave out samples. Vendors hawked rugs, cleaners, filters, and Tupperware.

Terry and Eveda Cooper of the Texas RV Academy did free seminars throughout the day. They cover RV maintenance topics.

Representatives from various campgrounds and resorts, as well as camping organizations handed out information. It was a good way to learn about RV parks in the area.

The highlight for us was meeting some of our RVing friends in person. Previously, we'd known these folks only through our newsletters, websites, Facebook, or other online communications.

Several dealers had RVs on display. Representatives were there to answer questions. Attendees could tour Class C motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth-wheel trailers, pick-up campers, and a couple of Class B vans.

We went on Thursday, the opening day, hoping to miss some of the crowds. And miss the crowds, we did. Vendors working the booths told us the attendance was much lower than usual. The cold and rainy weather likely had a lot to do with that.

The "All Valley" show is a nice little RV show. We expected it to be bigger. We've been to the Florida RV SuperShow in Tampa, and expected it to be on par with that. It was much smaller.

The show is held on the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show Grounds. The location is 1000 North Texas Street, Mercedes, TX 78570. To find it, take Expressway 83, exit 491.

Dates for the 2011 Texas RV Show are January 13,14, and 15. There is a $5.00 per person admission fee.

Texas RGV RV Show

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