Wed Feb 6, 2019
Author: RV News Staff
Two-thirds of the way through North Carolina’s trio of RV winter shows, crowds are off slightly, but sales are robust, reports Carroll Lineberger Jr., president of the North Carolina RVDA.
“The shows have really been good,” says Lineberger, general manager of Terrell Camping Center, about 35 miles north of Charlotte. “Attendance has been off from the past couple of years, but the number of buying customers have been up. There’s been more buying during the first two shows compared to the past few years. It’s been nice to see.”
NCRVDA holds shows in Greensboro, Charlotte and Raleigh in January and February. Leading off in early January, Greensboro drew about 10,500, compared to a normal year of 11,000. Charlotte came next in mid-January, with attendance of about 9,600 compared to the usual 10,000. Wineberger says he’s not sure why crowds are off slightly because the weather has been relatively good.
Next up is Raleigh, the state’s largest show, set for the N.C. State Fairgrounds Feb. 22-24. Lineberger anticipates nearly 12,000 to attend.
Another encouraging sign, Lineberger says, is that each show sold out of supplier space. That helps fuel his optimism for 2019, which he predicts will be on the positive side for N.C. dealers.
“Right now, we are up and I think we will have a plus year,” Lineberger says. “RV sales will buck the trend in North Carolina. I don’t see any signs of slowing down at the moment, and I’m not hearing any negatives.”