Snowbird RV Show setup like putting together a giant Tradex jigsaw puzzle

Like a giant jigsaw puzzle or a game of Tetris, the latest motorhomes, truck campers, fifth-wheels and more fit perfectly into Tradex for the annual Snowbird RV Show and Sale.

How do they do it?  Brad Styba of Tradex knows the strategy. “The dealers know their space dimensions and have to fit them in, keeping in mind the requirements for aisle width and emergency exits,” he said.

And if you ask show producer Amanda Henschell or show manager Jeanette Good, they’d agree with Styba, bringing all those rigs under one roof in some 140,000 square feet of space is a well-planned exercise.

“It’s quite amazing to see the transformation,” said Henschell.

More than 50 exhibitors participate in the four-day show, including resorts, parts and service experts, accessories and propane specialists.

The event has proven to be Greater Vancouver’s largest fall recreational vehicle show drawing crowds of people year after year interested in some of the most luxurious motorhomes to the most economical tent trailers.

“The dealers offer seasonal savings at the RV shows and the one-stop shopping selection coupled with our supporting vendors and seminars makes the Snowbird RV Show a must on your to-do list,” explained Henschell.

RV travel advice, winterizing and do-it-yourself seminars consistently offer information that goes a long way in ensuring a comfortable experience in wilderness settings, well-equipped campsites or on the road with all the amenities of home.

“MTD Promotions has been running the RV shows at Tradex for more than 20 years now,” said Henschell. “We’ve partnered with Tradex since the inaugural show. This year we have six Lower Mainland dealers that offer top brands and selection . . . but we have much more than RVs, including kayaks, boats, ATVs, campgrounds, cooking and storage solutions, maintenance and performance products.”


This year’s show runs Sept. 22 – 25 and features a roving RV family of 14, the Kellogg family from Colorado, who will be sharing their extensive North American experiences on the road in a 36-foot RV.

Net proceeds from the event are donated to charity, with more than $1.3 million raised to date by both the Earlybird (held in February at Tradex) and Snowbird RV shows.

Want a taste of what guest speakers will be talking about? Check this out:
• Learn to trouble-shoot your RV plumbing and stop things like leaks, squeaks, low pressure, malfunctioning sensors and other issues.
• If you are planning a trip to a southern destination you may want to attend the Canadian Snowbird Association’s seminar on cross-border travel tips which outlines insurance needs, your rights, the number of days you are allowed out of the country and what to expect at the border.

Since it’s Tradex’s 25th anniversary, you’ll want to enjoy some of the celebratory scratch tickets available at the door. You could win soft drinks, concession items, parking passes and event tickets. A March 6, 2017 grand prize of a one-night stay at the Sandman Abbotsford Airport, breakfast for two and a $75 gift certificate to Greek Islands Restaurant will be awarded through the Tradex website.

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