Truck Camper Adventure is proud to announce that we’ll be attending the 2018 Overland Expo West in Flagstaff, Arizona, May 18-20. This will be the fifth time that Truck Camper Adventure will cover the show. Numerous exhibitors of interest to Truck Camper Adventure readers will be at the 2018 Overland Expo West, including Lance Campers, BundutecUSA, Four Wheel Campers, Hallmark RV, Alaskan Campers, EarthCruiser, Buckstop Truckware, and Hellwig Products. Like previous shows, Truck Camper Adventure will be conducting numerous interviews with company representatives and will be ranking the top truck campers on display. Moreover, three companies will be introducing new models of campers to the public, so this year’s show promises to be even more special.
Like last year, the 2018 Overland Expo West will be held at the historic Fort Tuthill County Park, just a few minutes south of Flagstaff off Interstate 17. Surrounded by towering Ponderosa pines at an elevation of 7,000 feet, the first-class venue offers plentiful parking, grandstands, a large stage and pavilion, and a large building for social hours. Camping is plentiful in and around the venue with an organized campground with room for 1,000 units as well as unlimited boondocking in the adjacent Coconino National Forest. In addition, there are dozens of miles of mountain biking and hiking trails in and around the venue. Cell coverage is also good with 2-3 bars of service with Verizon.
The Overland Expo is designed to inspire and motivate attendees to see the world through educational classes and workshops and an amazing trade show featuring a wide variety of truck campers, overland vehicles, trailers, and outdoor products. It’s the most popular overlanding show in the Western Hemisphere, and the most unique show of its kind in the world. Event organizers are expecting over 14,000 visitors at this year’s event with attendees expected from all over the world. The 2017 Expo West show grew by a whopping 40 percent. Another bump in attendance is expected this year.
Highlights for this year’s show include:
- All new Motorcycle Expeditions Skills Area (MESA) and an Expo training team led by Bill Dragoo with Dragoo Adventure Rider Training.
- The MESA will be paired with the always-exciting Camel Trophy Expedition Skills Area
(CTESA) with real-world practice roads and obstacles.
- A challenging driving course hosted by Land Rover.
- Tire testing track by BFGoodrich.
- Flagstaff food trucks (twice as many as last year!), an Expo bar, and hosted happy hours.
- Free shuttle service to and from surrounding forest camping and Flagstaff hotels.
Our friends at Four Wheel Campers will be one of the host sponsors of the 2018 Overland Expo West with one of the largest displays at the show. Training will be provided by Land Rover, 7P International, and Dragoo Adventure Rider Training. They will be hosting an array of activities ranging from a custom instructional driving course built and staffed by the world-famous Land Rover driver team and an “Adventure Motorcycle Village” with a teaching arena and riding course.
Over 190 classes, programs, films, and demos will offered at this year’s show, including 480 session-hours of programming. Over 400 exhibitors, VIPs, authors, videographers, and overland vehicles will be there too. The latest rigs from Lance (booth F5), Alaskan Campers (booth P26), Four Wheel Campers (booth P1), BundutecUSA (booth Q30), Hallmark (booth P27), Earthroamer (booth P24), EarthCruiser (booth P12), Global Xpedition Vehicles, Ram and Jeep, and American Expedition Vehicles will also be on display. If you’ve never been to the Overland Expo we highly recommend it. It’s not only a great way to meet some of the key players in the truck camper industry, but it’s also a great way to purchase the newest overland gear for your rig. The show may even inspire you to buy a new truck camper.
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