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The 55th Midwest RV Super Show in the Civic Plaza in downtown Elkhart, Ind., wrapped up Sunday (Aug. 15) after three days of strong sales and great attendance.
The show was sponsored by the Indiana Manufactured Housing Association-Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council (IMHA-RVIA). Ten RV dealers from northern Indiana took part.
“The fact that we’ve had serious potential buyers out here this week, that’s a real good sign for the industry as well as the national economy,” Mark Bowersox, IMHA-RVIC executive director, told WSJV-TV, Fox 28 News, Elkhart-South Bend.
Sizzling temperatures this past weekend couldn’t keep buyers away from checking out the latest in new RVs. The heat was also on for vendors like who took note of both the steady attendance and shoppers ready to spend money on the newest products.
“There were definitely more [people] than I expected and a lot more serious lookers than I expected,” says Joanna Miller, an RV dealer at the event.
By the end of the three-day show, sold signs could be seen on many of the vehicles, leading customers like Mike Wheeler to believe that the economy is heading in the right direction.
“I saw a lot of sold signs on a lot of these campers so maybe that’s a good sign, and we’re hoping that it picks up,” says Wheeler.
Organizers say the event drew approximately 4,000 visitors, less than expected, but given the questions that people had for dealers, it was a crowd that was serious about buying RVs.
“You can tell about somebody, if the first question out of their mouth is ‘what the price is’ versus ‘how much does it weigh’ or ‘what are the side walls made of’. These kind of questions it helps you kind of filter out the serious from the not serious,” says Bowersox.