A sure-fire cure for the winter blues is headed for a convention center or fairgrounds near you. January kicks off the start of the year-round 2012 RV show season. Winter and early spring are prime RV show months. RV manufacturers and local RV dealers want to introduce new features and show off new RV models before the start of the spring travel season.

Whether you are new to the RV lifestyle, an experienced RVer planning to upgrade to a newer model or a dedicated RV traveler contemplating a switch to a different type of RV, attending an RV show is a great way to start your search for your next RV. RV shows typically feature hundreds of RV models, allowing RV shoppers to make direct comparisons between similar RV models offered by different manufacturers. With hundreds of vendors in attendance, RV shows are also a great place to check out the newest RV supplies and accessories. RV shows also offer a full schedule of informative seminars on a wide range of subjects such as how to buy an RV, RV towing tips, RV maintenance, RV cooking tips and recipes, greening your RV, even RV feng shui.

RV shows are massive weekend events that cover a lot of square footage. Buy a multi-day ticket (check online for ticket discounts) so you have plenty of time to see everything and take in a few seminars.

Next time: How to make the most of RV shows