Camping World Opts Out of ’14 National Rallies
Camping World Inc. and its Good Sam Enterprises LLC affiliate won’t be hosting any consumer rallies in 2014. Instead, according to a Friday (Jan. 11) posting on the company’s Facebook page, the Lincolnshire, Ill.-based mega-dealer and club owner will take a step back, reevaluate its location options and map plans for its next Camping World/Good Sam Rally – or rallies — in 2015.
The news comes as somewhat of a surprise to many in the industry, considering that CW/GS’s high profile 2013 rallies, which took place in October at the Atlanta Motor Speedway and in June at the New York State Fairgrounds, appeared to have been successful based on statements issued by CW/GS spokespeople.
The two rallies drew thousands of recreation vehicle consumers for social functions, seminars, vendor displays and big name entertainment like the Beach Boys, Vince Gill, Reba McEntire and Wayne Newton.
“The Good Sam Club has seen tremendous growth in the past few years, expanding to nearly 1.5 million members,” CW/GS told consumers on Facebook. “Attendance at our Camping World/Good Sam Rallies has soared as well, limiting the number of locations that can host such a large RV gathering. To evaluate our options and search for the right locations to meet the growing number of members’ needs, the Rally is taking a year off in 2014 to plan ahead. RVers can look forward to bigger things from the world’s greatest RV rally in 2015, so stay tuned.
“The Camping World/Good Sam Rally has been North America’s largest RV event since 2000,” the posting stated, “attracting seasoned RVers and novices alike to immerse themselves in the RV lifestyle – meeting fellow enthusiasts, listening to industry experts and shopping for great deals on RV’s and RV accessories. After a year’s planning, the 2015 event will be the best ever.
“For starters, we’re ramping up our daily seminar lineup with a full range of presentations covering all aspects of the RV experience. Look for more on-site activities and off-site tours, along with the kid-friendly youth program and more and better dining choices. Of course, we’ll also bring the best in big-name entertainment to the Rally stage each evening.”
Other than brand name club events planned by a few companies around the country, this leaves the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA), a Cincinnati-based motorhome owners club, as the only organization sponsoring national-scale consumer rallies in 2014, with FMCA’s 89th Family Reunion & Motorhome Showcase planned for Mar. 17-20 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter in Perry, Ga., and the club’s 90th showcase slated for Aug. 13-16 at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center in Redmond, Ore.