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FRVTA Hopes for Big Crowd at Daytona Show

Posted By RVBusiness On February 24, 2011 @ 4:34 am In Breaking News | No Comments

The Central Florida RV Show is again bringing its trailers and motorhomes to Daytona Beach, Fla., the Daytona Beach News-Journal reported.

Today (Feb. 24) through Sunday, the Volusia County Fairgrounds will host the annual gathering where vendors and dealers show off their wares. About nine RV dealers will be on display as well as vendors selling equipment.

“Last year we had 7,100 people,” said Dave Kelly, marketing manager for the Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA). “We’re hoping with nice weather projected, we can do 7,500 to 8,000.”

Kelly and local RV dealers said business has been slowly increasing. Interest and sales have been up at the association’s shows throughout Florida, Kelly said.

“RV sales typically have been a leading indicator coming out of a recession, it shows that people are starting to feel comfortable buying something like this,” he said.

Tim Karr, general manager of Giant Recreation World in Ormond Beach, said when the economy was booming a lot of families were buying RVs. That changed in 2008 and after, as they struggled with home prices, jobs and other negative impacts from the recession. But business has been a little better as of late.

“We’re making it up with an increased number of people retiring, so it’s fluctuated a little bit,” Karr said.

The Central Florida show has been put on for 20 years, five of them at the fairgrounds.

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