Our Visit to the 2018 Houston RV Show
Video: The 2018 Houston RV Show
Y'all know we love RV Shows! And as Native Houstonians, we have been attending the Houston RV Show for as long as we can remember (Stacie went with her parents every year back in the day)! We get a lot of questions about the RV Shows we attend, so we thought we would take the time to give you a recap of our experiences at the Houston RV Show in 2018 and offer some tips for your future visits to this show. Let us know if y'all enjoy this information or find it helpful. If you do, we'll provide similar reviews for other RV shows we attend in the future! As always you can reach us through Twitter or Facebook. Thanks in advance for the feedback!
Overview of the 2018 Houston RV Show
The Houston RV Show is held annually each February. Since 2002, it has been located at NRG Center next to NRG Stadium (home of the Houston Texans and Rodeo Houston) and the historic Houston Astrodome (former home of the Houston Astros, Oilers and Rodeo). 2018 was the 54th anniversary of the show, which began in 1965. Their website says they are "Texas' Largest RV Expo".
This year's show dates were Wednesday, February 7 to Sunday, February 11, 2018. Ticket prices were $12 per adult and $5 for children 6-12. Discount tickets (2 for 1) were offered for Wednesday this year. You could buy tickets at the box office or online. Online tickets were advance sales only (no same day sales online).
This show is 100% indoors, so weather is not a factor at all except for getting there and leaving!
Houston RV Show Parking
Parking is available at the NRG complex each year. For 2018 parking was $12.
RV Dealers Who Participated in the 2018 Houston RV Show
9 local Houston area RV dealers brought in an estimated 600+ RVs to be toured at this year's show. This year's dealers included Terry Vaughn RVs, Topper's Camping Center, Holiday World, Ron Hoover RV and Marine, Camping World, Lone Star RV, DeMontrond Motorhomes and RV Station.
We saw all types of RVs at this show: pop-up campers, teardrops, truck campers, travel trailers, fifth wheels, and Class A, B, C and Super-C motorhomes.
Vendors at the Houston RV Show
We always enjoy visiting with RV accessory vendors and campgrounds while we are at RV shows. Each year, the Houston RV Show has a long aisle of vendors. Some of the vendors at the show this year included Triad Marine, Pakmule, PPL Motorhomes, BP Conversions, Bentsen Palm RV Community, Busy Hands Flags, Sun Cruisin' RV Rentals, Pecan Park Riverside RV Park, Rayford Crossing RV Resort, Leisure Resort, Extreme Mobile Detail, Discount Hitch, Splashway Waterpark and Campgrounds, Sats 2 Go, Premiere RV, Sunset Point RV Resort, Summer Breeze RV Resorts, Brazoria County Parks, Grand Texas RV Resort, Bethy Creek, Lone Star Yogi Campground, Thousand Trails, KOA and more!
Thank you to Alan at The RV Show USA, Adrienne at Triad Marine, Kansas at Pakmule, RV Nana at PPL Motorhomes, and Mike at BP Conversions for participating in our video! BP Conversions doesn't have a website yet, but you can check them out on Facebook: @BPConversions.
Seminars at the 2018 Houston RV Show
This year's show featured one seminar each day all presented by Billy Thibodeaux of Premiere RV. Topics included electrical power, safe towing, mobile technology and generator maintenance.
Tips For Your Next Visit to the Houston RV Show
Plan plenty of time to get there! During the 2018 Houston RV Show, the NRG complex was also hosting a monster truck rally in the stadium, a home and garden show in another section of the center, and multiple rodeo meetings in preparation for the quickly approaching Rodeo Houston. All of this can lead to massive traffic and delays if you hit it at the wrong time of day. So plan ahead by checking the NRG Park Event Schedule.
To cut down on the $12 parking fee, you might consider parking at Metro's Fannin South lot and riding the MetroRail to NRG Park. As of this writing, parking at Fannin South costs $3 per car, per day and a ticket for the rail will cost you $2.50 per person round trip. It's about a 4 minute ride between the Fannin South lot and NRG, but obviously you'll have to add in time to buy your rail tickets and wait for the train. Take a look at the MetroRail Red Line Information page for train schedules and frequency.
Concessions are available inside NRG Center. This year options included popcorn, burgers, chicken sandwiches, chicken strips, salads, BBQ sandwiches and pizza as well as cokes, water and beer. Of course, you'll also pay a high price for anything inside the center (a bottle of water was $5). So consider eating before you arrive or pack a snack. Tables and chairs are set up in several locations throughout the center.
And finally, this is a BIG show! It is tough to see everything in one day. We went on Thursday, Saturday and part of Sunday this year and still didn't see everything! Wear your comfortable shoes and plan to spend plenty of time.