Midwest RV Show Readies for Healthy Turnout
There are expectations that this year’s Midwest RV Super Show just might have its best year since before the 2007-2009 recession, according to a report in the Goshen (Ind.) News.
As one-ton pickups pulling luxury fifth-wheels and travel trailers arrived at the RV/MH Hall of Fame off C.R. 17 in Elkhart this week, organizers and dealer staffs were busy directing drivers to the right display areas.
“Last year was big,” said Chad Shepard of Pete’s RV Center in Schererville. He and the Pete’s staff were busy placing their Keystone Cougar fifth-wheels and Forest River Vengeance toy hauler RVs in just the right spots in the display area east of the RV/MH Hall. “It was real strong. This year we are hoping for even better. The market is really, really strong,” he added.
Typifying the industry’s growth, Thor Industries Inc. reported record sales for its fourth quarter, which ended July 31. In addition, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) reported that July RV sales nationwide rose 12.8% in the first six months of this year.
That robust gain is very good news for the show’s organizers, the Indiana Manufacturing Housing Association-Recreation Vehicle Industry Council (IMHA-RVIC).
“We will be having close to 300,” said Matt Rose of the number of RVs that will be on display. Rose oversees the several Indiana RV shows sponsored by the IMHA-RVIC. “Last year we had eight dealers. This year we have 13.”
That gain in dealerships is good news for consumers, who want to see and compare RVs at one location.
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