Midwest RV Super Show Registers Brisk Sales
Matt Rose, director of recreation vehicles for the host Indiana Manufactured Housing Association-Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council (IMHA-RVIC), said the crowds were about the same as last year – but with one major difference.
“We saw a lot of younger families at the show this year; a lot of couples in their mid-30s to mid-40s with a couple of kids in tow,” Rose said. “Better yet, they were buying. It’s great to get people into the marketplace at an earlier age because that means they’ll be biuying more RVs over the course of their lifetime.”
Rose said all dealers reported strong sales, and across all RV segments. “Really all types sold well, it was a good mix,” he said.
One local dealer in particular was happy with sales. Crystal RV, a new dealership in Elkhart, recently added the Viking line of folding camping trailers to its inventory. Rose said they sold four units at the show and another three from their lot.
Another positive was the excellent weather.
“We completely lucked out with the weather,” Rose said. “It was raining when we were setting up on Tuesday – we had a couple of trucks and a couple of forklifts get stuck. But by Thursday, the opening day of the show, the skies were clear and the temperature was great. Same for Friday and Saturday. On Sunday it got a little but hot, but sales were great. Now it’s Monday, and we’re clearing everyone out in the rain.”