The Camping World/Good Sam Rally Media Information
Everything you want to know about the biggest RV Shows of the year.
WHO: Recreation vehicle (RV) owners from various state and provinces are expected. Attendance is expected to be around 3,000 RVs which accounts for about 10,000 people at the event each day. Many from the local areas are expected to attend each day on day passes.
WHERE: The Camping World/Good Sam Rally moves to different parts of the United States each year. Past sites have been:
- Atlanta, Georgia, 2013
- Syracuse, New York, June 2013
- Daytona Beach, Florida, November 2012
- Louisville, Kentucky, June 2012
- Phoenix, Arizona, March 2012
- Redmond, Oregon, 2011
- Louisville, Kentucky, 2010
- Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2009
- Perry, Georgia, 2008
- Redmond, Oregon, 2007
- Daytona, Florida, 2006
- Redmond, Oregon, 2005
- Hutchinson, Kansas, 2004
- Louisville, Kentucky, 2003
- Pomona, California, 2002
- Perry, Georgia, 2001
- Gillette, Wyoming, 2000
WHEN: The dates/locations of the next Camping World/Good Sam Rally will be February 26 – March 1, 2015 at the Phoenix International Raceway.
WHY: Why hold such a big Rally? RV rallies have been around for about 30 years, though they appeal to various segments of the RVing world. Some are only for motorhomes; others are for a particular model from a manufacturer (such as Airstream) so there really wasn’t an all-comers RV Rally. By uniting the interests of the various RV organizations involved, and by featuring the most comprehensive seminar program and exhibits, ours has quickly grown.
HOW: People learned about The Camping World/Good Sam Rally primarily through stories and advertisements in Coast to Coast, Trailer Life, and MotorHome magazines and websites. Together these publications and websites reach nearly 3 million people each month. Many registered on the Camping World/Good Sam Rally’s website at www.therally.com.
PARKING: Camping World/Good Sam Rally attendees are sent confirmation packages before the event that contain an assigned parking lot and entry point. When they arrive, a volunteer parking crew directs them to their specific spot (depending on what type of parking option they selected). The base price of $199 (two people in a rig, dry camping if you are a Good Sam Club member) includes admission to all seminars and exhibits, and the evening entertainment. Day passes are available for $10 per person. People who want to attend the Camping World/Good Sam Rally without their RV and stay for the entertainment may purchase a Rally Passport for $89 per person if you are a Good Sam Club member.
Unique Attractions at the Camping World/Good Sam Rally
DOG SHOW: A majority of RV owners travel with pets, dogs being the most popular. So why not have a dog show? This year’s show is expected to draw dozens of dogs, plus hundreds of people watching in the grandstands, as dogs (and their owners) compete in numerous categories, with prizes to the winners.
SEMINARS: There are more than 30 seminars scheduled for each day, all of which are included to registered attendees of the Rally (not including Day Pass holders). There will be seminars on places to go, on healthy cooking and there will even be an expert on hand to help spouses communicate better while living in an RV. Among the other seminar topics are:
- Campground safety
- Cell phones and mobile communications
- Dinghy towing
- Engine performance
- Exterior and interior cleaning and maintenance
- Financial planning
- Hitches and towing
- Motorhome chassis
- Pet care on the road
- RV insurance
- RV tours
- Suspension systems
COMMERCIAL EXHIBITS: There will be more than 350+ booths featuring the latest in RV products and services. Visitors will find everything from personalized license-plate frames and nametags to tow bars, jewelry and clothing. Beyond those will be more than 500 new units on display from some of the leading manufacturers and dealers in the United States. The Camping World/Good Sam Rally offers a unique opportunity to compare nearly every make and model in one location, as well as take test-drives.
ONLINE AREA: One of the most popular exhibits at the Camping World/Good Sam Rally, the online area has been expanded to accommodate the growing number of RVers who travel with laptops and enjoy Internet access.
About Camping World & Good Sam
Both founded in 1966, Camping World is America’s #1 source for RVs, camping accessories, RV maintenance and repair and Good Sam is the world’s largest RV owners organization offering helpful technical tips, vacation planning, extended warranty, magazine subscriptions, roadside assistance and more to serve the outdoor enthusiast. Partnered together, Camping World and Good Sam offer more to those who love the RV lifestyle by offering one-stop shopping and resources for everything RV and outdoors. Camping World features over 10,000 quality products located at over 100 SuperCenters nationwide, easy online and catalog shopping as well as stocking a wide selection of new and used trailers and motorhomes from top RV manufacturers.
Good Sam members receive cost-saving benefits and services, plus loads of valuable RV information and travel tips to get you ready for your next adventure. Additionally, Good Sam represents more than 1,500 local RV chapters designed to bring RVers together from similar geographic regions for group camping excursions. Camping World is the title sponsor of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™ in addition to the Official RV and Outdoor Retailer of NASCAR®. For more information, visit Camping World and Good Sam Club.
RV Info TERMS: Recreation vehicles, or RVs, comprise a whole family of vehicles that combine transportation and temporary living quarters for recreation, camping and travel. Some provide a simple place for sleeping and eating, while others are virtually luxury lodges on wheels. Conveniences range from the basics – like running water, cooking and bathroom facilities, and a power source (either electricity or liquid propane) – to added comforts such as air conditioning, entertainment systems and slideout rooms. See the attached page for variations of motorhomes, trailers and truck campers.
CAMPING VARIATIONS: There is some variation in the way Camping World/Good Sam Rally attendees are camping. Most RVs have the ability to plug into water and/or electricity, though most sites at the Rally didn’t offer those. Those camping without hookups (water, electric and sewer) are “dry camping” or “boondocking.” Those using electricity being provided have “partial hookups.” Full hookups, which includes connections to water, electricity and sewer, are not available at this event.
If you are a member of the media and interested in receiving a press pass to attend all or part of the Camping World/Good Sam Rally, please submit your credentials for consideration. Please include the following information in your request:
- Media organization
- Outlet address
- Contact phone number and/ or e-mail address
- Number of passes requested
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