RIVERVIEW, Fla. — The Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) just completed the seventh regional show held around the state and the attendance numbers have been very good, according to FRVTA Marketing Director Dave Kelly.
The 28th Fort Myers RV Show featured 17 dealers from all along the Gulf Coast displaying the latest and greatest recreation vehicles, ranging from luxury Class A motorhomes to affordable folding camping trailers. The show also offered attendees well over 100 vendors. Show Chairman Chris Morse reports that both dealers and vendors alike registered many sales, as attendance increased about 1,000 over the 2012 tally to 12,300 patrons. Dealers were busy on their lots for weeks afterwards where interested customers sealed the deal for their dream machine, he said.
The Ocala RV Show was held the last week in January. Thirteen RV dealers brought in a wide variety of different products and the Supplier’s Tent was packed with everything from campgrounds and resorts to a parts and accessories store. Great weather the entire weekend brought in just under 5,000 people over the four days of the show, stated Kelly.
“This was the second year at the new location adjacent to the Super Flea Market, which gives us great visibility from I-75,” said Kelly. “It’s easier to get to and we are closer to town than the old location, I know the dealers like being closer to town and it appears the public does, too.”
The Spring Clean-Out RV Show was held the second weekend in February. Featuring seven RV dealers and six vendors, this seventh annual event was held again at Germain Arena, which fronts I-75. Held in conjunction with an annual home and garden show, the show attracted over 3,300 interested customers despite a cold, rainy start, said Kelly.
“We hold this show to reach down into the Naples market where there are lots of RV Resorts, but no RV Dealers,” said Region 1 President Dan Wylie. “From what I could tell, every dealer did well, moving both new and used products.”
The Jacksonville RV Show returned for the fourth year to the Jacksonville Equestrian Center. The six participating RV dealers filled the center with every size, shape and type of product on the market, said Kelly. The Supplier’s Area was setup so that the public came in and out right past the booths. Great weather again brought in a record crowd of over 7,300 people.
“We renewed the promotion from last year’s show to get visitors to go to every dealer and have a card stamped that made them eligible for a drawing every day for a gas card,” said Region 6 President Tom Tibbitts. “This not only got people to visit every dealer, it also gave every dealer the chance to interact with every visitor.”
The Central Florida RV Show was held at the Volusia County Fairgrounds in DeLand the last weekend of February. Seven RV dealers reported good-to-great sales from the close to 4,000 people that attended, stated Kelly
“We dropped the admission price a couple of bucks to try and get a bigger crowd, and we were up about 400 people over last year’s show,” said Ken Prentiss, Region 4 President. “We will continue to look at ways to increase attendance and bring more buyers to this event next year.”
The last winter regional show was held March 7-10 in West Palm Beach. Held in the parking lot of the South Florida Fairgrounds, this show had nine RV dealers and 10 booth exhibitors. Drawing over 3,400 people, the show seemed to bring in more buyers than “tire-kickers,” said Kelly. Keith Waits from Palm Beach RV reported having a good show selling both new and used units.
Still to be held is the 18th Annual RV SuperSaver Show in Fort Myers. Show Manager Jack Carver expects to have about 11 dealers and 10 exhibitors in this annual event that is aimed at local residents.
“Depending on the weather, this show usually delivers about 3,500 people over three days,” he explained. “It’s the perfect time for our dealers to reach out to local residents as they prepare for the summer travel season.”
“The bottom line coming out of the Florida Winter/Spring RV show season is that the attitudes of consumers are vastly more positive and the fact that most shows were either at or close to last year’s attendance means the interest in RV products is still strong and getting stronger,” concluded Kelly.
For more information on these or any remaining events, contact the FRVTA at 813.741.0488 or visit www.frvta.org.
SOURCE: Florida RV Trade Association press release