Fri Mar 22, 2019
Author: RV News Staff
While attendance at last week’s Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) convention in Perry, Ga., was down from the previous event held there, RV dealers assessed the crowd as “decent” and were generally pleased with sales.
FMCA drew just under 2,300 members, which FMCA Director of Events Doug Uhlenbrock equates to about 4,600 people. He says the number of dealers may have been down slightly due to the scheduling conflict with RVX in Las Vegas, which ran the same week.
“We had a nice contingent,” Uhlenbrock says. “There were 225 display RVs and 40 demo RVs that were available for test drives. There was a nice selection of products there for our attendees to look at and kick tires. I don’t know that RVX affected us all that much. We had good number from our display folks and two exhibit halls packed to capacity.
The scheduling conflict fades away next year. FMCA will hold its semi-annual convention at the Pima County Fairgrounds in Tucson, Ariz., March 26-29, 2020, while the second edition of RVX will run March 10-12. Uhlenbrock says Perry, with it Interstate 75 location is a good location and convenient for “snowbirds” heading back north from Florida. The FMCA convention once drew 4,000 to 5,000 attendees. He says he hopes to get attendance at the event back to 3,000 and edge up toward 3,500.
“I’m hoping we will get 3,000 into Tucson next year, Uhlenbrock says.
Chuck Lasley, general sales manager at National Indoor RV Centers, says although attendance was lighter than normal, his sales were about as expected. He sold several stock units and took orders on new inventory.
“The show was great for us,” Lasley says. “We had two displays, one for Entegra and one for Newmar.”
Curt Curtis, president of RV Country, described the event as decent.
“We did some business, but not as much as a year ago,” he says.
Roadmaster was among the suppliers attending. David Robinson says he was pleased with the event.
“Roadmaster sent a 20 person team, and we still felt short-handed,” Robinson says. “FMCA attracts a large, quality audience and we really feel the value of our membership. FMCA rally attendees are a wonderful group of people that aren't afraid to spend money for the lifestyle they love. Roadmaster is fortunate to be part of this great organization.”
Photo by Lee Kluger of Aerial Photography of Atlanta.