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Cold Weather? Southern Shows Undeterred
Posted By RVBusiness On January 14, 2011 @ 11:47 am In Breaking News | No Comments
The cold weather did not deter visitors to the opening day of the 30th Annual All Valley RV Show on Thursday (Jan. 14) in Mercedes, Texas.
The show at the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show grounds in Mercedes runs through Saturday and showcases some impressive homes on wheels, The Monitor, Mercedes, reported.
RV Show Chairman Warren Kinimonth said the event draws about 10,000 people — 95% Winter Texans — over the three-day schedule.
Evidence of that is a parking lot full of vehicles with license plates from places such as Iowa and Minnesota, including a notable number from Canada.
This year, the show has 90 RVs on display, as well as 85 booths of related items, ranging from campgrounds and mobile home parks to parts stores and even Tupperware.
Kininmonth said prices of these RVs and trailers range from $40,000 to as much as $300,000.
“The fancier they make them, the better they sell,” Kininmonth said. “Many of (the motorhomes) have the latest electronics, even surround sound, something uncommon to what people think are like.”
This is the first year the RV show has motorhomes on display and is the second largest show of its kind in Texas.
The All Valley RV Show is sponsored by the Rio Grande chapter of the Texas Recreational Vehicle Association.
Management at Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc. is upbeat following early season retail shows in Cleveland and the shows now underway in Tampa, Fla., and Pittsburgh, Pa.
“The results we’re getting from the early shows is the traffic has been very, very good and the sales have been very good,” Steve Paul, Dutchmen vice president and general manager, told RVBUSINESS.com. “We’re very upbeat about what we’re seeing.”
“The weather was cold the first two days at the Tampa show,” he said. “Wednesday traffic was very, very good and actual sales were pretty brisk. Dealers were excited by the response from customers to their products.”
He said sales have been “all over the board,” from ultralights to larger park models.
“Everbody is looking to warmer weather on Saturday and Sunday. That will bring the people out,” he said.
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