The 26th annual St. Louis Fall RV Show and Sale returns to the St. Louis Outlet Mall (formerly the St. Louis Mills) in Hazelwood, Mo., on Sept. 11-13. The show is sponsored by the Midwest Gateway RV Dealers Association.

Nearly 300 recreational vehicles, including motorhomes, fifth wheels, travel trailers, sport utility trailers, pop-ups, and camper vans from 10 area recreational vehicle dealers will be displayed on the mall’s parking lot.

“This mega RV show offers a one-stop shopping opportunity for prospective buyers to compare many different models, check out various floor plans, ask questions, talk with current RVers and purchase RVs for big savings and closeout deals,” said show chairman John Meyer, of Apache Village RV Center in Hazelwood.

Admission and parking are free. Show hours (rain or shine) are: Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

The universal and growing appeal of RVing brings hundreds of people to the show each year, not only from St. Louis but from Columbia, Jefferson City and Springfield, Ill.

“Those new to RVing can find an RV that fits any budget and lifestyle, and experienced RVers can shop for an upgrade,” says Meyer.

Traveling RV style is indeed the way to GO for couples, young families, empty nesters, and retirees. A few examples:

• GO whenever — Take off when you want and stay as long as you like. Travel at your own pace. Whatever you decide, it’s up to you. Flexibility and freedom take the hassle out of travel, giving you more time to explore, relax, and have fun.

• GO affordably — Forget about expensive plane tickets, hotels and meals. Traveling with everything you need means saving money for fun at your destinations.

• GO comfortably — There’s no need to sacrifice the comforts of home when you travel in an RV. Queen- and king-size beds, gourmet kitchens, leather sofas, even fireplaces in some models make the RV lifestyle as comfy and cozy as you want.

• GO in the winter — Who said RVs are our fair weather friends? Not by a long shot. With plenty of storage for bulky items, such as skis, skates, even snowmobiles, RVs offer a unique opportunity to get out of the house when the temperatures drop and offer a warm place to retreat after a day playing in the snow.