Pleasanton, Calif., Show Set to Make Waves

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January 3, 2011 by   Comments Off on Pleasanton, Calif., Show Set to Make Waves

With the demand for RVs growing, and signs that the economy is improving, organizers of Northern California’s largest indoor RV show have decided to make some waves. GoodTimes Promotions is adding boats to its winter RV sale for the first time in years, according to a news release.

From Jan. 7-17, the 23rd Annual Manufacturers RV and Boat Show at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton will feature a virtual armada in addition to the RVs and accessories it traditionally offers.

“The attendance and sales at our RV shows over the past year have been strong enough that we felt comfortable branching out and offering more,” said Mike Nohr, president of GoodTimes Promotions. “Boats and RVing go hand in hand so we’re confident the addition will be a hit.”

The recession drove the RV industry into a ditch, but signs are pointing to the end of the rough road. RV shipments from manufacturers to dealers are projected to increase by 43% over 2009, according to RV industry analyst Richard Curtin. In addition, RV campgrounds across the country reported that reservations in 2010 were up 5% over 2009, which was one of the best years for campgrounds despite the recession, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), which tracks industry trends.

“What these figures show is that people are looking for inexpensive vacation options, and RVing leads the pack,” said show manager Shawn Nohr.

Those who attend the January show will be able to see hundreds of RVs, boats and accessories — new and used — negotiate directly with dealers and do it all in one convenient location.

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