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Tue Apr 4, 2017
Riverview, Florida - The Florida RV Trade Association just completed the fourth and final regional show held around the state and the attendance numbers have been very good, according to a press release. Unlike last year, this year’s shows enjoyed perfect weather for the most part, which contributed to the large attendance.
Taking place the week after the record-breaking Florida RV SuperShow, the Fort Myers RV Show drew a crowd of close to 12,000 paid attendees. According to show manager Jack Carver, weather was perfect until the last day of the show when the weather changed from warm and sunny to cold and rainy.
“We had strong attendance the first three days of the show, then Mother Nature changed things,” he says.
Nevertheless, he reports that sales were strong and dealers and vendors alike did well at this 32nd annual event.
Following Fort Myers, the Jacksonville RV MegaShow had record crowds. More than 9,300 people poured into the Jacksonville Equestrian Center located just west of town. Always touted as a family-friendly event over the years, the show attracted even more families this year and the great weather was a reason for the record crowd.
“It’s been a few years since we had dry and even warm weather all four days of the show,” Regional President Ken Loyd says. “We also had a record number of booth exhibitors that really added a lot to the event. The dealers were not only pleased with the crowds but also reported very strong sales.”
The next weekend, the West Palm Show also opened the gates to big crowds.
“Even though we didn’t set a new attendance record, we did have the best show we’ve had in 12 years,” Regional President Brent Howard of North Trail RV says. “We had fantastic weather and all dealers I talked to were very pleased.”
Booth exhibitors were set up in and around the concession tent to make it easy for people to relax and shop. A kid’s area was set up over the weekend so parents could drop off their children to play while they shopped the hundreds of RVs on display.
The last two shows to close out the winter schedule were the 10th Annual Spring Clean-Out RV Show in Estero (just south of Fort Myers) and the Ocala RV Show, both held the same weekend, March 2-5. The Ocala RV Show was moved back into March to try to take advantage of warmer and drier weather. The move paid off. Held at the beautiful Florida Horse Park, which is located just south of town, the show drew more than 5,100 people.
“Thursday is our BOGO day and I think the cloudy windy weather kept some people away,” Regional President Dell Sanders says. “We did make up some of that the other days.”
Meanwhile, in Estero, the 10th Annual Spring Clean-Out RV Show continued drawing in crowds over a very windy weekend as well. Attracting just more than 2,200 people over the three days of the event, dealer sales continued strong.
“We certainly were battered by the very blustery conditions and I’m sure that kept some people away,” Carver says. "But the six dealers that participated continued to register sales both during the show and afterwards – and that’s what’s important.”
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 had the best crowds they’ve seen in many years means the interest in RV products is still strong and getting stronger, according to a press release. For more information on these or any remaining events, contact the FRVTA State Office.