After each Seattle RV Show, we survey attendees to get feedback so that we can make improvements for next year’s show. One of the consistent topics we get has to do with navigating the vast sea of RVs and finding your way around. When you're in amongst the various units, it can be very difficult to see where you are and where you want to go. Especially when there are three Halls with RVs everywhere!
Many people ask why we don’t put all of the travel trailers together, all the fifth wheels together, all the motorhomes together, etc. The reason truly has to do with customer service. Each dealer participating at the show brings their best selection of new inventory that includes multiple manufacturers and various types of units. They also bring their sales representatives so that questions can be answered there on the spot. If the units were grouped by type and not by dealer, each dealer would not have enough sales personnel to staff the various RV types throughout the show, making it difficult to make sure consumer questions can be answered at the time of viewing.
For the 2017 show, we’ve added some things we hope will help you find your way. First, the major aisles have now been named and color-coded so you know what “street” you’re on (or trying to find). Street signs have been added with the dealer names and arrows to help you find them. Check the Show Map in your Show Directory to help you.
Another great way to navigate the show is to download the Seattle RV Show app on your smart phone. Before you go, check out all the information on the app. If you’re going to see travel trailers for example, you can go to “Dealers” and with the little wrench tool in the top right corner, check the “Travel Trailers” category and you will get a listing of just the dealers with travel trailers and the units they will be bringing to the show along with their locations. The app also gives you the ability to put a “pin” on the show map on each dealer you want to see and make notes of what you want to see there (i.e. Outback travel trailer here). OR, if you’re at the show and think you might want to come back and see that unit again later, add another pin and note.
The Show App is also great if you’re looking for specific brands. Go to the Manufacturers section and search for the manufacturer’s name using the wrench tool at the top, i.e. Keystone. You’ll then get a listing of the dealers bringing Keystone units with the specific brands they will have. Find the Keystone dealer who has the Outback you’re looking for and head directly there.
To download the Show App, go to the Show App page on the Seattle RV Show website while you’re on your mobile phone and click the link for either Google Play (Android phone) or Apple (Apple phone).
The Show Map is included in the Show Directory that you can pick up when you enter the show as well as on the Show App. You’ll also find “You Are Here” map posters throughout the show so you can gauge where you’re at and where you want to go.
One last navigational element for this year’s show is a second Information Booth. If you need help finding anything, just ask! And if you want to come back a second day for free, this is where you can make that happen. Enjoy the show!