(ROCKPORT, TX) Over Valentine’s weekend, bring your love to the 5th Annual Coastal Bend Boat & RV Expo, the largest indoor show in the Coastal Bend area. Join thousands of fellow adventurers and outdoor enthusiasts February 12, 13 and 14, 2016 and explore all the different types of adventures to be had – and the fun and fast toys that go with them. More than 150,000-square-feet will showcase the latest variety of new bay, offshore and pontoon boats, as well as gas and diesel motor homes, travel trailers, fifth wheels, toys haulers and more … all under one roof at the Robstown Fairgrounds! Last year, record setting attendance over the 3-day event totaled more than 6,000.

The Expo offers a rare indoor environment where event-goers can see, touch and compare – all in one place. In addition, many manufacturers and dealers will be ready to make a “sweat heart of a deal” with pre-season low financing, expo specials and rebates.

Interestingly, RV travel and ownership continue to grow in popularity – including in Texas - with 7.2 million RVs on the nation's roads. And, the local boating segment is seeing similar upticks. 22% of Texas households participate in recreational boating annually, and with more than 600,000 registered boats, the Lone Star state ranks sixth in boating activity in the country.

The RV and marine industry have both seen tremendous changes over the years. The newest trend - it’s not just retirees or older folks hitting the open road or the water. Younger families are hitting the open road and open water for fun these days.

"Today's record RV ownership levels reflect the enduring appeal of the recreational lifestyle despite recent economic challenges. The biggest difference is that younger families are making RVing a priority in their lives because they realize it is a cost-effective and fun way to spend time with family and friends," says Tiffanie Hoover, Director of the annual Coastal Bend RV & Boat Expo. 

She adds, “And Texas has more square miles of inland water than any other state. So, it makes perfect sense that families want to spend quality time together having fun in and on the water.” 

Free educational seminars hosted by marine, RV and outdoor adventure industry experts will be held throughout the weekend at the Expo. Topics include satellite selection and towing solutions for your RV, as well as saltwater fishing for sharks, boating inspection, new Evinrude motors, and hunting and fishing laws and safety. (Full seminar schedule attached.)

On the water …

The 2016 Expo will feature hundreds of bay and offshore powerboats, luxury cruisers, fishing boats and personal watercraft. So whether your adventure includes fighting for the big catch out in the Gulf, jumping the waves on your personal water craft, cruising around the lake at a serene pace or paddling yourself to wherever you want to go, expo-goers will be able to find it all. 

On the open road …

The three-day show features a great selection of gas and diesel motor homes, travel trailers, campers, fifth wheels, travel trailers and accessories for outdoor adventurers. Owning a camper gives you the freedom to travel and explore any time of the year. Who wants to stay in a strange hotel when you can travel in the comfort of your own space and at your own pace? Sleep in! There’s no check out time here. 

Playing with toys and accessories …

Already own a boat or RV? Then the 5th Annual Coastal Bend Expo is the perfect place to outfit your boat or ride with a new sound system, GPS system, fishing or wakeboard tower. Or you can gear up with hottest new kayaks, wakeboards, tubes and towing equipment. Whatever outdoor adventure you want to do, expo-goers can see the latest boat and RV accessories hot off the factory line including sewer and water hoses, awnings, lights and power poles, as well as rocking chairs and more!

Attend the participants …

2016 vendor participants include (alpha order) Gulf Coast Marine, Premier Yamaha Boating Center, Ron Hoover RV & Marine, South Texas Marine Center, and Waypoint Marine.