RV enthusiasts turned out in high numbers as the crowded show floors resulted in steady sales at the 21st Annual North Carolina RV & Camping Show, as well as the 16th Annual Atlantic City RV Show, both held recently and sponsored by DISH Network.
The shows were a great success in Charlotte, N.C. and Atlantic City, N.J. featuring new Class A, B and C motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth-wheels, popups and park models from leading dealers in the region, as well as campgrounds, RV and camping accessories and entertainment, according to a news release.
Both shows reported strong sales and increased attendance over 2010 with an 18% increase in Charlotte and a record 8% increase in Atlantic City. According to Jeff Haughton, regional vice president of both shows, “We are seeing more and more support from the general public for the RV lifestyle as RVing continues to be a superior and affordable vacation option for families.”
Anthony Tedesco, show manager of the North Carolina RV & Camping Show, said, “The show was phenomenal with several reports from dealers of better-than-ever sales. The success of the show created an overwhelmingly positive response from both the RV dealers and exhibitors.”
Alan Good of Camping World RV Sales said, “We were ecstatic to see the traffic flow considering Charlotte is a hard city to navigate. It was an excellent show for us and we tripled our sales from last year. It’s a great show for the RV industry and we can’t wait to be back next year.”
Richie Keller of Country Camping Center agreed.
“We were very pleased with the results of the show. We had a lot more activity than last year and it’s encouraging to see our sales increase each year,” he said.
Similar results were seen at the Atlantic City RV Show. Steve Minginelli, owner of Dylan’s RV, said, “We had a tremendous show – one of our best ever. The traffic was incredible with so many interested customers that at times we didn’t have enough staff on hand to assist! It was definitely exciting and encouraging to see such a strong interest in RVing again.”
Show Manager Harry Lutz added, “The attendance was astounding and dealers sold a lot of product; everything from small to large units. There was definitely a refreshing attitude among the attendees with many coming ready to buy.”
The shows were run by Affinity Events, a division of Affinity Group Inc. (AGI), parent company of RVBUSINESS.com.