The 36th annual Fort Myers RV Show organizers reported strong show attendance, with huge dealer and vendor sales.
The show was held at the Lee Civic Center, where close to 11,500 paid attendees visited five dealers and 58 vendors from Jan. 27-30.
The show was sponsored by Region 1 of the statewide Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA). The 2021 show was canceled due to inventory shortages and the pandemic. This year’s show, conducted two weeks after the Tampa SuperShow, ;ed many Fort Myers patrons to say they attended the Tampa event before deciding what to buy at the Fort Myers show.
Everett Henkel III, FRVTA Region 1 president and owner of Fort Myers-based dealership RV Kountry, said many attendees told him they were actively RV shopping.
“Fortunately, many made that buying decision at the Fort Myers RV Show as dealers reported very strong RV sales,” Henkel said.
This year’s participating dealerships were Gerzeny’s RV World, LaMesa RV Center, RV One Superstores of Fort Myers, RV Kountry and Southern Marine & RV Sales.
The dealerships filled the civic center grounds. Longtime Region 1 Show Manager Jack Carver said the model variety and pricing keep patrons returning annually.
“We had some very un-Florida-like weather over the weekend and that certainly kept some people away,” Carver said. “However, the extremely great sales racked up by participating dealers and vendors made for a great selling show.”
The show featured RV lifestyle seminars focused on various RV travel options and destinations, new RV products and RV maintenance techniques.
Region 1 Vice President Paul Graef, business manager at Gerzeny’s RV Sales’ Fort Myers location, said the show was a great success.
“It was great to achieve an outstanding turnout with such strong sales,” Graef said.