The Midwest RV Super Show is setting up for the second year on the Elkhart, Ind., Civic Plaza, opening on Friday (Aug. 18) morning and running through Sunday. According to a report by the Goshen News, the show dates back 56 years.
Late Wednesday afternoon Jay Sleeper, owner of The RV Center in Columbia City, was busy on the civic plaza directing his staff setting up Canterbury park models and towables by Shipshewana-based KZ RV Inc.
“Last year it was a great experience and that is why we are back,” Sleeper said. “We had real good reviews about our products.”
The RV Center is one of eight dealers that will exhibit products at the show. The others are Great Lakes RV Center, Elkhart RV Sales, Indiana RV Connection, International RV World, The Outpost RV, Total Value RV and Wana RV Center.
Sleeper said he exhibits at the show, “because we want to show the public what the lifestyle is all about and hopefully to offer a big enough incentive to entice them to even buy something.”
Sleeper will be using technology to promote sales. He said while his staff will display six units on-site, through his smartphone and laptop computer he can quickly show customers the 200 other units he has on his show lot in Columbia City.
He was optimistic about the sales aspect of the show. “This year we have definitely been rebounding. This year has been extremely busy for us,” he said.
Tom Ewing of Elkhart RV Sales, Middlebury, sees the show as a chance to show his products to people from across the Midwest.
“People travel here to get a deal on an RV and they travel from quite a ways away. We get people from Kentucky, Ohio, Illinois and Michigan.”
Ewing said RV buyers can save some money on transportation costs by attending the show and buying there. “So people from those states are willing to travel here for those savings,” he said.
Ewing will have his Palomino truck campers on display as well as travel trailers, fifth-wheels and toy haulers.