Central Indiana RV Show


Every January my best friend and I travel to the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis for the annual Central Indiana RV Show. I decided to take along my camera this year so I could post a photo of our dream vacation home.

This eco-friendly travel trailer manufactured with recycled materials is not it. We didn’t even go inside because it cost more than the fifth-wheel toy haulers we were interested in seeing. 

We own a modest 32-foot Salem fifth-wheel toy hauler made by Forest River in Goshen, Indiana. It has a garage to haul whatever “toy” you might own: motorcycle, golf cart, scooters, four-wheelers, snowmobiles, boat, jet skies, whatever. In our case, we load a Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic or a golf cart, depending on the camping experience.

We go to the RV Show to see the latest floor plans in fifth-wheel coaches. That’s what the salesmen call them. RVs are travel trailers, travel vans, coaches, units, buses … I have yet to hear a salesman utter the word “camper” whether they are selling a $10,000 pop-up or a $1,000,000 luxury Class A bus.

Each year, we search for the luxury lifestyle toy hauler we could live comfortably in year-round should we be fortunate enough some day to retire and become full-timers. 

Last year, we picked out a Raptor by Keystone RV Company in Goshen, Indiana. This year’s dream coach is the Endura Max by Gulf Stream Coach in Nappanee, Indiana. A Voltage by Dutchmen, also in Goshen, was a close second. FYI, all these cities are in Elkhart County, Indiana, the RV Capital of the World.

Another FYI, I purposely set my camera on auto mode because believe it or not, great shots were not a priority. Besides photos of the Endura Max, the gallery includes a shot of how close these RV dealers can get 300 units in one indoor pavilion, using only an electric pallet  jack. There are fun shots of how the dealers cater to even the littlest camper. Some go all out with fake landscaping to create the RV lifestyle experience. I also included shots of an Alpine because I loved the fancy handrail on the staircase to the master bedroom. Not pictured are vendors with free brochures and treats for the kids, a concession area, a small camp store, adequate clean restrooms, and beer.

Parking this year was $5 and entrance fee $7 per person.

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5 thoughts on “Central Indiana RV Show”

  1. Loved it! Brought back so many memories I was the daughter of a retired steel worker who “dragged” her all around the country and to Alaska and across Canada in a fifth wheel hah the memories!

    1. Thanks, Bonnie. Glad to bring back those feel-good times in your life. I only camped in a tent as a child, but that was when it was fun, even if it was just in the backyard. After tent camping on the side of a small mountain at Sturgis, S.D., my best friend and I quickly traded up!

  2. Hi Sheila, thanks for coming by. I love photography as you probably already know. I enjoyed the post about the campers though here in Hawaii there really is not enough room for them. But I sure liked the little one that was shaped like a tent. Now I would love to have something like that.

    1. Glad you enjoyed the post, Karen. Our RV is our home away from home. The hard shell beats canvas during the rainy season. Hope to get back to Oahu someday. Was there in 2006 when you had rain for 40 days and 40 nights and the sewage spill closed Waikiki Beach. 😦

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