RV show continues to impress

Jan. 13, 2013 @ 12:41 AM

In its second year at the Sevierville Event Center, the Knoxville RV Super Show continued to cement its status as the largest RV show in Tennessee, with officials expecting around 15,000 visitors over Friday, Saturday and today.

The show, which runs today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., features eight of the "best RV dealers across East Tennessee," show manager Rob Lynch said. Those dealers will bring out motor homes, fifth wheels, travel trailers and more, alongside approximately 50 vendors and booths.

"This year's show is much bigger due to last year's success," Lynch said. "We've got 30 percent more RVs and 15-20 more vendors. We've got everything from pop-up campers to half-million-dollar motor homes."

But the show wouldn't be super if it only showcased RVs.

"We've spent a lot of money on features," Lynch said.

Those features include a NASCAR driving simulator, and the driver with the day's fastest time will receive two tickets to the Kentucky Speedway.

Paul Bedard of Animal Planet's "Gator Boys" and Greg Remsburg of Discovery Channel's "Gold Rush" also made an appearance at the show Saturday, hanging out, talking to fans and signing autographs.

Remsburg, who's been to other RV shows, has spent a good part of his life living in an RV.

"It's part of living in the bush," he said.

Bedard, on the other hand, does not own an RV, but he said he's rented them before and has traveled in them a lot.

"And there are a lot of RVs at the place where I run my alligator restaurant in Florida because there's a big campground in the back, so I've been around them a lot," Bedard said. "I like the whole concept of driving your house around."

Bedard was impressed by the size of the Knoxville RV Super Show, and he loved the fact that it was indoors.

"This is the largest (RV show) in the state of Tennessee, and it was written up as one of the best in the country," Lynch said.

Lynch believes "the geography of the Smokies makes it a special location to have an event like this."

"So far, we're looking forward to many years in Sevierville because it's been a great show for us," he said.

The show is for anyone, but Lynch said about 70 percent of the visitors are prospective buyers. Gary and Brenda Reece of Newport, Tenn., fall under that category. They've been to the Knoxville RV Super Show before, but did not attend last year's premiere in Sevierville. This year, they were interested in possibly buying a camper.

"We've got three friends and a daughter and son-in-law who all have campers," Gary said. "I don't know if we need one or not; we bum rides. Every time we turn around someone's going camping."

Admission is $7 for adults and free for children under 12. Parking is free.

rhargett@themountainpress.com