The 60th California RV Show is off to a tremendous start with increased attendance and strong sales highlighting the first seven days of the show, which will run through Oct. 21 at the Fairplex in Pomona, Calif.
Attendance to date has eclipsed 12,302 people, a 6% increase over the same time period last year. Those numbers were kick-started by a strong opening weekend that saw attendance up by nearly 5% over 2011, according to a news release from show sponsor, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).
“We had a very strong opening weekend with attendance really up on Friday and Saturday before falling back a little on Sunday due to the extreme heat,” said RVIA’s Western Show Director Tom Gaither. “We couldn’t be more pleased with how everything is going in terms of attendance, business activity and the optimistic attitude of exhibitors and attendees.”
In addition to the higher attendance, RV dealers at the show are also reporting a more robust sales environment. “Sales are definitely up this year,” said Frankie Barouti, vice president of Giant RV, which has locations throughout southern California. “We’re getting close to our total from last year and the final weekend is still to come.”
“It’s been a good show,” added Beau Brixey, general manager of Camping World of Valencia. “Traffic has been good and sales are about double what they’ve been in previous years. We’ve been busy everyday with test drives and writing deals for some of everything – small trailers, fifth wheels and motorhomes.”