Midwest RV Show Enjoys 10% Attendance Bump
The Midwest RV Super Show wrapped up its 58th year Sunday (Aug. 11) afternoon, completing a very successful weekend for everyone involved.
According to The Elkhart Truth, organizers said the event’s second year at the RV/MH Hall of Fame was going to see about 5,000 people attend the four-day event by the end of the day Sunday, representing a 10% increase over last year’s figures.
Saturday turned out to be the most heavily attended day of the Super Show, but strong numbers both Thursday and Friday eclipsed usual attendance figures for those days.
“We saw a fantastic Thursday and Friday,” said Matt Rose, director of recreation vehicles for Indianapolis-based Indiana Manufactured Housing Association-Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council (IMHA-RVIC) which hosts the show. “People came out early and they were buying early. A lot of the serious buyers came out early to get their deals.”
There weren’t just more people coming to the Super Show, however. Rose noted that the number of dealers had increased from eight in 2012 to 13 this year.
Dealers saw the benefits of the larger crowds, as people showed up early and in large numbers looking to make a purchase.
“Our dealers are happy and selling units. They’re doing well,” Rose said. “Our motor home sales have been phenomenal. The diesel pushers and also the class A’s, they’re doing well out here.”
Ron Sleeper, owner of The RV Center in Columbia City, said this was his company’s fifth Midwest RV Super Show and that this year was shaping up to be its best to date.
Sleeper said enthusiasm among customers seemed very high over the weekend, leading him to believe people are getting more comfortable with factors such as gas prices.
“People are buying bigger,” Sleeper said, referring to some of the larger units available.
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