Indio RV Show and Tours

The Indio RV Show and tours were in town around the corner from where we staying at the Catalina RV Park in Desert Hot Springs.  Who doesn’t love an RV show?  You get to tour all the RVs and see what vendors are there selling the latest and greatest, right?  Wrong, not this show.
When we got to the Indio RV show and tours we noticed that there were very few rigs and practically no people there.  This was not a good sign.  We decided to go in any way.  This was a mistake.

The only new rigs they had on display were Travel Trailers and 5th wheels.  The Class A Motorhomes they had were all used.  This was a disappointment, for the reason that, we like to see all different varieties.

We started with the Forest River.  Vibe 301RLS  This seemed like a great trailer for weekend or short-term travel.  It had basic appliances, that could easily be upgraded.  It was a reasonable price for the quality.

The next one was the Pacific Coachworks Mighty Lite 17RK  This little travel trailer had a very large kitchen.  It had an oversized dinette, which makes into a bed.  The one thing I don’t like about smaller trailers is the wet bath.  This had one.

We loved the Starcraft Mini Comet It was very cool looking.  There was a Thule awning on this trailer which seemed like an expensive item for a small trailer.  It featured a WiFi Ranger built in, a climate package and a Zamp Solar Plug.  Again, the one thing I didn’t go for was the wet bath.

Now we started to move into the 5th Wheel section.  We started with the Primetime Spartan Toy Hauler This was a nice unit.  The first thing I noticed was the stone finish on one of the kitchen walls.  This was a nice touch.  It had a large residential refrigerator and a big island.  There were 1 & 1/2 baths and really nice interior.  My favorite part was the garage and patio.   It didn’t have a drop-rail frame.  This takes away from your storage underneath.

Our next 5th wheel was the Starcraft  Solstice Lite This was not a toy hauler but had a really smooth layout.  Beautiful kitchen and really nice size bathroom.  You could upgrade some of the appliances to make it more of a home.

My favorite 5th wheel at the show was the Northwood Arctic Fox If we hadn’t found our current Heartland Landmark we would have gotten an Arctic Fox.  I love the angled kitchen, all the windows, and the rear swivel recliners to look our the big back window.  The shower was opposite of the rest of the bathroom, which I am not crazy about.  I liked the cedar lined closet.

Now we started getting into the motorcoaches.  Our first one motorhome was a 2016 Fleetwood  Pace Arrow 38K This was a nice coach.  It had 1 & 1/2 bath and a nice kitchen.  It was on a Freightliner Chasis and an Allison transmission.  The one thing I didn’t like was the small step down from the bedroom into the main living area.  This seems like an accident waiting to happen.

The last coach we went into was an older Monaco Camelot This coach had amazing solid woodwork.  While there was only 1 bath, it was a nice size.  The biggest problem with this coach was the smell.  The musty smell hits you as soon as you walk in. Obviously a very big turnoff.  This would be a nice coach to tear the guts out of and do an entire renovation.

Overall, the rigs at the Indio RV show and Tours were not very impressive and there were only about 4 vendors.  The lack of people in attendance was kind of a bummer as well.  This RV show turned out to be a bummer.




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