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Thu Mar 8, 2018
Perhaps because it never really gets cold in Florida, the winter show agenda of the Florida Recreational Vehicle Trade Association stayed hot following the record-breaking 2018 Florida RV SuperShow in January.
The week following the SuperShow in Tampa, Region 1 of the association started the regional show schedule with the four-day Fort Myers RV Show, in which 11 dealers and close to 100 vendors participated, according to FRVTA. Show Manager Jack Carver says the event opened strong with long lines waiting to get in on the first day, which featured discounted admission.
“Attendance overall was good with just under 11,000 paid attendees,” he says. “Unfortunately, for past several years the show has been afflicted with poor weather and this year was no exception with strong winds Friday and Saturday, followed by the heavy threat of rain all day Sunday.”
Despite the weather, Show Chairman Chris Morse reports strong sales among both vendors and dealers, with many dealers reporting double-digit sales.
The 2018 Jacksonville RV MegaShow held at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center opened in the first week of February. Just over 9,900 people came through the ticket gates during the four-day show—the highest number of attendees ever recorded at the Jacksonville Show.
“We had more than 4,000 people come out on Saturday alone, so we knew it was definitely going to be a record-breaking event,” says FRVTA Region 6 President Ken Loyd. “We were also very fortunate that the weather forecast, which had called for rain just a few days before, changed and we had great weather during the entire show.”
The tastes of millennials, who make up the largest segment of RV buyers today, have been steering dealerships to a different mix of inventory dealers on their lots, which was evident at the show, as well, according to FRVTA. While there were larger, high-end type A motorhomes at the show, there was a dominant number of conventional travel trailers and other towable RV units of all shapes and sizes, the association states.
“The travel trailers were definitely the most popular among the visitors we talked with at the show,” says Campers Inn RV General Sales Manager Greg Markovich.
Rounding out the February show schedule was the West Palm Beach RV Show at the South Florida Fairgrounds. Eight participating dealers were happy with the crowds and sales, according to FRVTA.
“We had a couple of deals the very first day,” says FRVTA State Secretary Brian Copley. “With a great crowd on opening day along with securing a few deals, I just had a feeling this was going to be a great show, and it was.”
While not a record-breaking crowd, the more than 6,100 people who attended the show enjoyed the event and were there to do more than kick tires, the association states. Palm Beach RV had a tent featuring many of the “must-have” RV parts and accessories, and FRVTA states it was hard to get under the tent sometimes during the show because of the crowd.
The last show of the winter selling season was March 1-4 at the Horse Park in Ocala. Four days of beautiful weather greeted the 6,300 people who attended the show, an increase of 24 percent over last year’s attendance, according to FRVTA.
“Just about every dealer and booth exhibitor I talked to was very excited about the results of the show,” says how Coordinator Patty Flanagan. “The addition of the petting zoo, roving entertainment and the DJ really made for a more festive atmosphere”.
For more information about the 2019 Florida RV SuperShow or other regional FRVTA shows, contact the FRVTA State office at 813-741-0488 or firstname.lastname@example.org.