Sandwiched between the bigger states of Virginia and Pennsylvania (and a few smaller ones, like West Virginia, Delaware, and New Jersey), Maryland can be easy to overlook.
But as an avid RV camper, you’d be doing yourself a serious disservice! Maryland isn’t just home to some of the finest crab you’ll ever eat — it’s also got some of the country’s finest cities, not to mention state parks with views and outdoor pursuits that will knock your socks off.
The great thing about camping in Maryland is that you can find yourself doing pretty much anything. From sand dunes dotted with sea grass on the eastern coast, to the hills, valleys, and oak forests in the state’s center, all the way to the stunning mountains in the west, it’s not hard to see why the state has earned the nickname “America in Miniature.” Want to hit the slopes and go skiing? You can do it — and find yourself taking in the breathtaking sight of the Atlantic Ocean on a world-class beach just a day or so later.
One of the best ways to explore such a diverse state is to go RVing, because it allows you the flexibility to travel at your own pace and head anywhere the highway system can take you. You’re not bounded by the routes of a public transit system or tied to the itinerary set by an airline. You can simply relax, calling all the shots about where you’re going and when you’ll get there… all while having the comfort and convenience of your own bed and bathroom on board.
If you don’t own an RV of your own, not to worry: There are many available RV rentals in Maryland. Whether you shop for your dream vacation rig on the peer-to-peer market or turn to large, commercial dealerships, there’s no shortage of travel trailers, campers, motorhomes, and conversion vans for you to explore the Maryland countryside in.
Of course, if you’ve been camping for a while and are serious about the lifestyle, it might be time to upgrade to a rig of your very own. And if that’s the case, there’s nowhere better to head than to one of Maryland’s RV shows.
RV shows are a great way to shop for a new rig because they allow you to view so many different makes and models all under the same roof. A variety of Maryland RV dealers will be present to show you around and answer your questions, so you’ll have a multiplicity of options — and you won’t feel pressured to sign any papers before you’re done fully exploring them all.
RV shows take place across the country, but although Maryland may be a small state, it does host a few of its own. So if you find yourself in the Chesapeake Bay State, here are the RV and camping expos you don’t want to miss — whether or not you’re in the market to buy a new rig.
1. The Maryland RV Show
The annual Maryland RV Show held at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium is coming up quickly — and you don’t want to miss it!
This show will feature all the new 2017/2018 RV and camper models, including Class A, Class B, and Class C motorhomes in full-size, mini, and low-profile configurations. You’ll also be able to shop for van campers, conversion vans, conventional travel trailers, fifth wheels and folding or pop-up trailers.
In short, if you’re in the market for a new rig and you’re in the mid-Atlantic coastal area, this motorhome show is the perfect opportunity for you to find your next adventure vehicle.
Why You’ll Love the Maryland RV Show
Not only is this camper and RV show the largest RV show in Maryland — it also offers some of the very best prices on new and pre-owned motorhomes and trailers you’ll find anywhere along the eastern seaboard. In fact, its organizers promise to offer the “lowest prices on the east coast” verbatim!
And don’t think that low cost means you’ll be buying low quality. Many of Maryland’s top RV dealers will be represented at this year’s show, and they’ll offer reputable and attractive brands, including the following:
- Forest River
- and many others!
“REMEMBER,” reads the website, “your hometown Maryland RV Dealer will meet or beat any Hershey RV deal at the Timonium Fairgrounds RV SUPER SALE!” That means you don’t need to worry about making a time-consuming and exhausting trip out of state or deal with the hassle of delivery… you’re lucky enough to be able to say, “I have one of the country’s best RV shows near me!”
And since the Maryland RV Show is held centrally in Timonium, you’ll find yourself able to get to it easily no matter what part of the state you call home. Better yet, you can turn it into a fun weekend in Baltimore… or travel out to nearby Patapsco Valley State Park or Prettyboy Reservoir Park for a more laid-back, nature-oriented getaway.
This RV camper show is produced by the Maryland Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association, a group of local Maryland RV dealers who’ve been bringing you the best prices on high-quality vehicles since they incorporated in the 1960s.
“Our goal is to ensure the growth and enjoyment of a quality RV experience for our customers throughout Maryland and the United States,” says the organization’s website. “To that end, we ensure our members remain committed to providing the highest quality products & service.”
In short, you’re not going to buy a lemon when you purchase your next rig through this prestigious association. You’re in good hands!
Maryland RV Show Information
Location: Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Maryland
Address: 2200 York Road, Lutherville-Timonium, Maryland 21093
Phone: (410) 561-7323
Fax: (410) 561-3032
Dates: September 14-17, 2017
- Thursday, September 14: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
- Friday, September 15: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
- Saturday, September 16: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
- Sunday, September 17: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- Price depends on whether you purchase your tickets in advance online or at the door. Advanced, online ticket sales will be priced at $6.00 for a one-day pass or $10.00 for a weekend pass, while tickets purchased at the door will be priced at $8.00 for a one-day pass or $12.00 for a weekend pass.
- Children under 12 are FREE!
- Parking is FREE!
Discounts: Receive a $2.00 discount by purchasing online ahead of time, or get in FREE by presenting your military or first responder ID on Thursday or Friday
2. The Washington Camping RV Expo
Although this camper and RV show isn’t actually in Maryland, it serves all of the greater Washington, D.C. metro area — and that means Maryland folks are invited!
Why You’ll Love the Washington Camping RV Expo
The Washington Camping RV Expo is a great opportunity to find your next camper because it brings together RV dealers and camping equipment resources from across the D.C. metro area. That means vendors and exhibitors from Virginia, Maryland, and several other states will all be in one place, ready to answer your questions and help you find everything you need for your next great camping adventure.
Plus, this event has been going on for well over 20 years. It’s visited annually by hundreds of campers, RV dealers, campground representatives, and camping outfitters.
You’ll be able to peruse tent campers, travel trailers, fifth wheel trailers, motorhomes across classes, truck campers, conversion vans and more, all in a variety of floorplans and configurations. No matter what your camping needs or budget are, you’re sure to find your dream rig!
Plus, when you’re done exploring the expo, you’ll find yourself in one of the most exciting vacation destinations in America. From Washington’s vast array of world-class museums and cultural exhibits (many of which are free!) to the surprising beauty of the hilly countryside nearby in Virginia, the Washington Camping RV Expo is a great excuse to take a full-on vacation… especially since you may just find your next vacation vehicle while you’re at it!
Washington Camping RV Expo Information
Location: The Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Virginia
Address: 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, Virginia 20153
Phone: (941) 780-0538
Dates: January 12-14, 2018
- Friday, January 12: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
- Saturday, January 13: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
- Sunday, January 14: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Adults: $10.00
- Kids 12 and under: FREE!
- Parking: FREE!
Tickets: To be purchased at the door
Discounts: Good Sam members will receive 50% off their admission fee when they present valid membership ID
3. The Baltimore Boat Show
This one’s not a camper show or travel trailer show, per se… but Maryland is well-known for its boating and fishing history, and if you’re looking to get a real taste of what the state has to offer, you’d do well to visit this well-known and -loved annual expo!
Why You’ll Love the Baltimore Boat Show
Even if you’re a total landlubber, you’ll find tons of exciting and fun things to do at the Baltimore Boat Show — enough to keep the whole family occupied and interested.
Here are just a few of the fun events the organizers are hosting this year:
- 7th Annual Crab Pickin’ Contest
- Women at the Wheel
- Fishing and Boating Seminars
- SUP Experience (hosted by Mantra Fit)
- Jr. Captain’s Program
- Kids’ Nautical Fun
In other words, if you or your family has ever wanted to learn more about what it takes to be a courageous seafarer, this is the perfect opportunity. The kid-friendly programs are specially designed to help your children learn more about all things nautical… while having a blast!
You’ll also have the opportunity to win exciting prizes. For instance, if you’re declared the winner of the annual Crab Pickin’ contest, you’ll receive a fishing trip with Wicked Tuna’s Dale Lisi aboard his vessel, Foolish Pleasures. But you can also enter to win a variety of valuable prizes at random at the door — including a brand-new stand up paddleboard or a $500 shopping spree.
The exhibit will be frontlined by boat and yacht dealers, of course, but while you wander around the expo hall, you’ll also find vendors and exhibitors peddling grills, bicycles, magazines and more — so there’s sure to be something to fit your interests.
Besides, you got into RVing in the first place because you’re adventurous, right? Who knows? You may just get bitten by the boating bug.
This show takes place at the Baltimore Convention Center in urban Baltimore — which means it’s a great opportunity for you to explore one of the state’s largest and most bustling cities! Head to the National Aquarium for the chance to observe and learn more about a variety of marine wildlife, or get hands-on with history at Fort McHenry. And don’t forget how close you are to the nation’s capital in Washington, D.C. — you could make the whole trip into an education in history, government, politics, and culture if you have young children.
On the other hand, of course, it’s equally tempting to escape to one of the many Maryland state and RV parks in the Baltimore area. Explore nearby North Point State Park or a relaxing trip to Wildwood Beach… or head further afield to a totally different landscape, like State Mountain.
The Baltimore Boat Show Information
Location: The Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland
Address: 1 West Pratt Street (on the Charles Street side), Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Dates: January 25-28, 2018
- Thursday, January 25: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
- Friday, January 26: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
- Saturday, January 27: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
- Sunday, January 28: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Adults: $14.00
- Children 12 and under: FREE with the price of adult admission!
Tickets: To be purchased at the door
Maryland might not be home to the vastest array of camping shows, but the RV shows it does host boast competitive pricing, high-quality vehicles, and friendly, committed local dealers. You’ll be sure to have a great experience when you purchase your next RV at a Maryland camping show… not least because many of the dealers guarantee they’ll meet or beat prices you find elsewhere!
And whether you find yourself drawn to the state’s marshy coastline, the unique cultural gems that are its big cities, or even its rural, wild, and wonderful western portion, Maryland is a cornucopia of opportunity for the curious adventurer — and there’s no better way to see it than in an RV.
Good luck finding your next rig!