One way to escape the cold the next few days will be to dream of warm summer vacations at the annual Tarrant County RV Show in Fort Worth, Texas.
Ten area recreational vehicle dealers will have about 300 units, ranging from pop-up campers to the large self-contained, motorized units, on display inside the Fort Worth Convention Center today through Sunday, according to the Fort Worth Star Telegram.
And if the dreams get really vivid, dealers and their finance personnel will be on hand to make sales.
The RV industry has shown vigor in recent months despite the poor economy, said Pat Hahn, the show’s director, who expects a good turnout. “We had a great crowd last year for the January show, probably one of our best ever.”
Recent shows in other parts of the country have had heavy attendance.
Hahn said the RV market no longer tilts as heavily to the retiree end of the age and economic spectrum as it long has.
“We’re seeing a lot of younger crowds at the shows that we didn’t see just four years ago,” Hahn said.
“A lot of time the regularly priced tickets outsell the senior citizen tickets. I think that’s probably because it’s a great way to vacation with the family.”
RV dealers’ sales slumped mid-year as the economy worsened but have improved significantly in recent months.
“July was really tough,” Hahn said, “but it picked up from then on.”
In addition to the RVs on display, Hahn said that about three dozen other exhibitors will be displaying items associated with the business at the show.