Ice, snow and freezing temperatures make it hard to get in the mood for RV traveling, so the Midwest Gateway RV Dealers Association is here to help.
The association will sponsor the St. Louis RV Vacation and Travel Show this weekend at America's Center in downtown St. Louis.
Dealers from Illinois and Missouri will display nearly 300 RVs, including motor homes, fifth wheels, travel trailers, sport-utility trailers, van campers, folding camping trailers and truck campers.
"The idea is to show people their new products, but they try to have some fun with it," said spokesman Karen Somers, noting this year's theme is "Going Places."
"There will be representatives of both destinations and resorts," she said. "So you can get information about different places to go."
RV travel videographer John Holod will be back by popular demand with his Roads to Adventure films, covering Route 66 and trips to Alaska, the Rocky Mountains, the Southeast coast, Gulf Coast and Northeast coast to Newfoundland.
J.D. Overstreet, a regional sales manager for the Dealers Resource Group, will give talks on RV products related to safety, towing, satellite and antennas.
"One thing that's new this year, we're going to showcase Missouri authors (who write about travel in the state)," Somers said.
That includes Jo Schaper on "Springs are More than Puddles for Trout," Ross Malone on "Things that Make Missouri Unique" and Don Corrigan on "Must See Nature Spots in the Midwest."
This is the 37th year for the RV show, which is billed as one of the largest public recreational vehicle consumer shows in the country.
Hot new RV products include outdoor kitchens, well-appointed bathrooms, state-of-the-art electronics and expandable floor plans.
"Today's RVs are very attractive to families looking for a way to add to their outdoor activities," said John Meyer, association president and owner of Apache Village RV in Hazelwood, Mo.
At a glance
What: St. Louis RV Vacation and Travel Show
Who: Midwest Gateway RV Dealers Association
Where: America's Center in downtown St. Louis
When: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. today, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
Admission: $9 for adults, $4 for children 6-12 and free for 5 and younger ($6 on Friday only for senior citizens 60 and older)
Information: stlrv.com or 618-288-9952