By Karon Brown
It’s RV Show season! For those of us that live in the Midwest, we count the days until winter ends and we can take our camping gear out of hibernation. One of the bright spots of our long winter is the RV Show season. January 20th to 22nd was the 2023 Greater Chicago RV Show at the Schaumburg Convention Center. Here are some of the highlights from this first Illinois RV show of the season.
Campers for Every Camping Style
The Greater Chicago RV Show is a smaller show, featuring less than a dozen Chicagoland and NW Indiana RV dealers. That being said there was a lot to look at and even deals to be had. The camping units displayed ranged from teardrops, to family travel trailers, class B & C driveables, all the way up to large 5th wheels and class A rigs. There was also a wide array of manufacturers represented including Forest River, Jayco, NuCamp, Braxton Creek, Aliner, KZ, Sunset Park, Winnebago, and even Airstream. Here are some of my favorite units from the show…
Braxton Creek – Bushwhacker Plus 15FK – Vacationland
I found the Braxton Creek Bushwhacker Plus 15FK to be a perfect efficiency unit for solo campers or couples. It is 16 feet in length with a gross dry weight of 1900 lbs. Visit Vacationland in Big Rock for the latest inventory and pricing.
- It includes a u-shaped dinette that converts into a double bed
- Front kitchen with sink, microwave, 2-burner cooktop, and refrigerator
- Wet bath
Forest River – Surveyor Legend 240BHLE – Pete’s RV Center
A nice family friendly option with a queen size bed and bunk beds was the Forest River Surveyor Legend 240BHLE. At 26 1/2 feet and 5100 lbs, you get a spacious camper in a smaller footprint. Contact Pete’s RV in Schererville, IN for current pricing and inventory availability.
- This camper includes oversized bunk beds with rear gear door
- Sofa with a queen size murphy bed
- Large u-shaped dinette
- Spacious bathroom
- Fully equipped kitchen with a large pantry
- Outside kitchen
Forest River – Rockwood Geo Pro G19FDS – Pontiac RV
With a floor plan similar to the Survey Legend 240BHLE, the Rockwood Geo Pro G19FDS is a little smaller and would be perfect for solo campers, couple, or even a family with small kids. This unit is just over 20 feet long and 3400 lbs. Check out Pontiac RV in Pontiac for pricing and availability.
- 72″ sofa with murphy bed
- Kitchen slide
- 32″ dinette
- Spacious rear bathroom
RV & Camping Shows Help Beat the Winter Camping Blues
Even if you aren’t currently in the market for an RV, attending an RV show is a great way to beat the Midwest winter camping blues and fuel your dreams of spring. There’s always a lot to see from new floorplans, the latest innovations, meet factory reps and new dealer contacts, and explore RV and camping accessory vendors. Here’s list of upcoming 2023 Illinois area RV Shows – plan an outing today!
- STL RV Travel Show – St. Louis, MO – January 27-29
- Chicago RV & Camping Show – Rosemont, IL – February 16-19
- Quad Cities RV & Camping Show – Rock Island, IL – February 24-26
- Join Girl Camper Iowa Guide Theresa “Resa” Leppert for Quad Cities RV Show Meet & Greet on Saturday, February 25th
- Belleville RV & Camping Show – Belleville, IL – March 3-5
- Rockford RV, Camping & Travel Show – Loves Park, IL – March 10-12
- Central IL Camping & RV Show – Springfield, IL – March 31-April 2
Keep spring dreaming and happy camping!
Karon Brown – Contributing Editor & Illinois Chapter Guide
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