A spike in attendance and strong sales highlighted the 61st California RV Show, held Oct. 11-20 at the Fairplex in Pomona.
According to a press release, total attendance at the 10-day retail event jumped by 39% with 28,894 attendees versus 20,756 attendees last year. The show got off to a fast start with a very strong opening weekend that saw attendance up by 65%.
“Our opening weekend was terrific with nearly 14,000 attendees on hand and that really set the pace for the entire show,” said Tom Gaither, Western show director for the host Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). “There was high level of consumer interest, steady business activity, and a strong sense of optimism among exhibitors about the regional and national RV market moving forward.”
Larry Meredith with Forest River Inc. added, “This is the best consumer traffic I’ve seen at the California RV Show in the past 10 years or more. The parking lots were full, buyers were out, salespeople were constantly busy. It was just a great event.”
Steve Richardson, owner of Richardson’s RV Centers, noted, “This has been our best selling show in 20 years.”
RVIA will debut a Spring California RV Show in 2014 from March 12–16 at the Santa Anita Race Track in Arcadia. The 62nd California RV Show is set for Oct. 10-19 at the Fairplex.
Winnebago Industries Inc. is showcasing several new products at the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) 61st California RV Show in Pomona, Calif., going on now through Oct. 20, including the Solei 38R, Minnie Winnie 22R, Trend and Travato motorhomes.
According to a press release, the new Solei 38R floorplan is on display for the first time at a retail event. Providing a luxury Class A diesel at an affordable price, the Solei is built on the Freightliner XCS straight-rail chassis with a Cummins 340-hp diesel engine and Allison six-speed transmission delivering the power.
Solei offers ample storage capacity with its Smart Storage and sports several high-end interior amenities, including polished Corian galley countertops, coffee-glazed cabinetry, upscale entertainment features and LED lighting. The 38R features two slideout rooms with an exceptional bath-and-a-half floorplan. A rear master suite provides a private rear bathroom and a queen-size bed with large wardrobe and a 28-inch HDTV that flips down from the ceiling for easy viewing.
The 38R also includes a Flex Bed system that provides bunk beds, wardrobe, or converts into a dinette. Also standard are a half bath, Comfort sofa sleeper, BenchMark dinette with Dream Dinette table, full-featured galley with pantry and residential refrigerator, and large 50-inch LED HDTV above the optional fireplace.
Also debuting at the show is the new Minnie Winnie 22R Class C built on the Ford E350 chassis. The 22R provides “great function and full amenities in a compact size,” the company stated. With a rear corner bed, and U-shaped dinette that folds into a bed and overhead cab bed, the 22R has the ability to sleep up to six people. The 22R also features a large wardrobe and large exterior rear trunk storage.
The Pomona Show is also the first West Coast showing of the new Trend and Travato. Winnebago Industries is the first to build a Class C motorhome on the Ram ProMaster chassis with the world renowned V6 Pentastar gas engine and 9,350-pound GVWR. The coach features six air bags in the cab for added safety, and best-in-class cab ergonomics and visibility. The affordable new Winnebago Trend delivers fuel efficiency and comfortable living space for up to six people. Both 24-foot floorplans feature a powered StudioLoft bed that lifts tight to the ceiling to conserve space during the day. Other features include energy-saving LED lighting and available Ultraleather furniture.
The Trend features industry-leading three-point seat belts in the dinette. The 23B floorplan offers front swivel cab seats, a sofa/bed and dinette, a large, full-featured mid-coach galley and rear bath. Two large sleeping spaces provide comfortable sleeping for four adults with the queen size front loft bed and a king size Flex Bed System. The 23L also features swivel cab seats expanding the living area of the motorhome, as well as a forward-facing dinette on the driver’s side and a side-facing dinette bench seat on the curb side of the unit. Together these comfortable seating spaces convert into one convenient sleeping space. Additional sleeping space is available with the rear corner bed and front Studio Loft bed. A mid-coach L-shaped galley is full featured and has a forward facing sink.
The Travato is the latest Class B motorhome to join the Winnebago Touring Coach lineup, also built on the Ram ProMaster chassis. At just under 21 feet long, the Travato is agile while also providing fuel efficiency. Features include swivel cab seats, LED ceiling lights, standard touch-screen navigation and a split dinette. The Travato is the only product in its industry segment to provide a 3-point seat belt harness for passengers in the dinette.
The innovative 59G floorplan features a rear double bed that is designed to flip up out of the way to allow for large items like bicycles to be stored securely inside and making them easily accessible through the large double doors at the rear of the coach. The Flex Bed system allows for additional sleeping in the front of the unit as well.
Fueled perhaps by the ongoing resurgence of the RV market, viewers of the popular reality television show “Rock My RV With Brett Michaels” tune in weekly to watch as used recreational vehicles are updated in with unique interiors and wild exterior designs.
At the upcoming 61st Annual California RV Show, hosted by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association and held Oct. 11-20 at the Fairplex in Pomona, Calif., followers of the Travel Channel series can view several of these creations in person.
As noted in a release, all of the RVs featured in the show had to be unique in several ways. First they had to be older than 10 years and still being used by the owners. Secondly, the RV owners had personal stories related to how they use their RV for vacations, traveling or to live in most of the time. Finally, each owner had to allow Bret Michaels and his team of engineers and designers to scrap the interiors and start from an empty shell.
Among the RVs redesigned by Michaels and his crew:
• Dan Caldwell’s Tapout. The RV has a gatling gun mounted on the roof — but instead of bullets, it shoots out t-shirts. A one-of-a-kind spiral stairway allows the owner to get to the top of the RV.
• Gypsy, owned by photographer Meeno Peluce, which features a rear slideout built to give the motorhome an unusual bed that looks like a gypsy’s caravan. The exterior graphics also reflect the gypsy theme.
• The Scum Scouts RV, a Coachman model owned by Tracy and Juanita Mendonsa that was a special dedication to their son, Zach, who passed away. His drawing of a Scum Scout was used as the exterior graphics while the interior incorporates all the bright colors in Zach’s design.
The West Coast’s largest RV show, the California RV Show will feature more than 1,000 RVs on display plus entertainment, food and educational seminars. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun. – Thurs. and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fri. and Sat. Adult admission is $10; kids 17 and under are free. For more information, call (818) 248-6600.
The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) assigned exhibit space to 30 RV manufacturers representing 47 brands during the space drawing on June 14 for the 61st Annual California RV Show, which is shaping up to be even better than last year’s event.
According to a press release, Monaco RV/Holiday Rambler drew first (assigned 20,000 square feet) followed by Jayco Inc. (57,000 square feet), Leisure Travel/Triple E RV (4,000 square feet), Sportsmobile West (2,000 square feet), and Pleasure Way Industries (2,000 square feet).
“Many companies increased their exhibit size,” said Tom Gaither, RVIA western show director. “We have already exceeded the size of the event last year with four months to go. We have space requirements for more than 595,000 square feet of space as compared to just over 584,000 in 2012.
Gaither expects to have 1,200 RVs on display at the California RV Show. “We’re going to have great representation among the many product types available in both the motorhome and towable markets,” he said. “In particular, we will also have a very large selection of toy hauler products, probably the largest selection found at any consumer show.”
He added that during the summer and early fall RVIA staff will visit with exhibiting manufacturers and local dealers to talk to them about programs offered at the show to help them increase their sales. “It’s one thing to just exhibit, it’s entirely different when you show up with a plan to achieve your goals and measure your show results,” Gaither said.
The 61st Annual California RV will take place The Fairplex in Pomona from Oct. 11–20. For more information visit www.TheBestRVShow.com or contact Tom Gaither at (818) 248-6600 or email@example.com.
RV manufacturers planning to exhibit at the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) California RV Show, scheduled for Oct. 11-20 at the Fairplex in Pomona, need to have space applications in by May 17 to qualify for lower space rates.
According to a press release, those manufacturers reserving space by the deadline also have the opportunity to pick their size of space and choose three preferred locations.
Like last year, exhibitors can choose from two price points for space. RVIA offers the “red carpet” pricing ($3.90 per square foot) for those who want RVIA to set their display for them and have 20-amp electrical service included. The lower “Do It Yourself” pricing ($2.65 per square foot) is for those who have the equipment and man power to set their display. Electricity is an additional expense with this selection.
This year marks the 61st anniversary of the California RV Show, which is the longest running RV show in the U.S. The event is expected to draw 20,000 people over 10 days. Over 1,000 RVs from 45 different brands are expected to be on display with more than 100 available for customer test drives.
The 61st California RV Show will feature a number of elements and enhancements to inform, entertain and engage attendees, including:
• The RV Factory Showcase: Different RV product types will be showcased in this popular area with RV manufacturer representatives on hand to meet with attendees and present product demonstrations showing how RVs work.
• Model RV Campground: A selection of RVs will be showcased in a campground setting for guests to walk through as they enter the show.
• Youth Fishing Tanks: Kids can try their hand at fishing and receive helpful tips.
• RV handyman and author Dave Solberg will offer informative RVing seminars throughout the show.
For more show information visit the show’s new website at www.TheBestRVShow.com or contact RVIA’s Western Show Director, Tom Gaither at (818) 248-6600.
Increased attendance and encouraging sales reports marked the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) 60th California RV Show, held Oct. 12–21 at the Fairplex in Pomona.
Total attendance for the 10-day event was 20,756, a rise of better than 6% over last year, according to RVIA Western Show Director Tom Gaither. Those numbers were kick-started by a strong opening weekend that saw attendance up by nearly 15% over 2011.
“We started quickly with a strong opening weekend that saw attendance really jump on Friday and Saturday before falling back a little on Sunday due to the extreme heat that day,” said RVIA’s Western Show Director Tom Gaither. “Overall, I’m really pleased with the attendance, business activity and the optimistic attitude of exhibitors and attendees.”
In addition to the higher attendance, RV dealers at the show reported a more robust sales environment. “We were very pleased with the results at this year’s show,” said Mark Rosenbaum of Mike Thompson’s RV. “We sold 248 units and hit $21 million in sales, which is a 67% jump over last year. We’re in a great business, selling fun, family and vacation time, and that is one thing that you will never be able to take away from the American public no matter what’s going on in the world.”
“We had one of our best shows in several years,” added Beau Brixey, general manager of Camping World of Valencia. “The crowds coming through the aisles were exciting to see and sales were good. We were busy everyday with test drives and writing deals for some of everything – small trailers, fifth-wheels and motorhomes.”
“Sales were definitely up this year,” said Frankie Barouti, vice president of Giant RV, which has locations throughout southern California. “We were close to our 2011 totals midway through the show.”
Exhibitors were also impressed with a number of enhancements made to improve the show experience. This included a new show layout that featured a central entry point through a mock campground; an app for Apple and smartphone users; an RV test drive area; and the RV Factory showcase.
“We really liked the new floorplan design and the new entrance to the show, which really put attendees in an RV and camping mood” said Barouti. “The test drive area worked great for our customers too.”
The California RV Show is the largest consumer show on the West Coast with exhibits spanning 572,100 square feet and more than 925 RVs on display.
The 61st California RV Show is scheduled to take place at the Fairplex in Pomona from Oct. 11–20, 2013. For more information , visit www.TheBestRVShow.com.
The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) partnered with MadeMan.com to produce an online article and an accompanying satellite media tour from the California RV Show in Pomona, which delivered messages about the benefits of RVing to media markets nationwide.
RVIA and MadeMan’s managing editor Steve Mazzuchi collaborated on a photo-based feature that detailed the best RV type for 10 different vacation “styles.” RVIA member manufacturers provided photos and product information for the story.
In interviews with morning shows in mid-sized media markets, as well as national outlets, Mazzuchi used the online feature as a springboard to discuss various ways of RVing, including tailgating, romantic getaways, family travel, outdoor adventures, luxury travel, and more.
He appeared live in San Diego, Portland, Ore., and Birmingham, Ala. Mazzuchi was also interviewed by stations in Fort Myers, Fla.; Albuquerque, N.M.; Roanoke, Va.; Buffalo, N.Y.; Tampa, Fla.; Tucson, Ariz. to be aired a later date. National placements included Newswatch, Get Connected with Conn Jackson, The Daily Buzz, FoxNews.com, and the national radio program This Week in America.
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.”
The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) has developed a new app for Apple and Android devices to help enhance the consumer experience at the California RV Show, scheduled for Oct. 12–21 at the Fairplex in Pomona.
App users will be able to study the show map, find exhibitors and specific brands of RVs, research show seminar; and play a scavenger hunt photo game where users will be instructed to take specific show pictures by the smart phone device for the chance to win prizes.
“We are very excited about the app, which we believe is a first for any RV show,” said RVIA’s Western RV Show Director Tom Gaither. “Attendees can use the app to do research before coming to the show, and it will be helpful while they are touring the displays. It even allows them to take notes so they can recall what they saw long after they are home.”
Guests can download the phone app by searching “California RV Show” from their app provider or at www.TheBestRVShow.com. For any questions, contact Gaither or Show Coordinator Gloria Reeder at (818) 248-6600.
With space now available to companies interested in exhibiting at the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) 60th California RV Show, taking place Oct. 12-21 at the Fairplex in Pomona, Calif., RVIA has announced a number of enhancements to improve the show experience for exhibiting companies.
According to a press release enhancements include:
• New Pricing Structure – RVIA is now offering a tiered pricing structure for RV manufacturers to make it more cost effective for those companies opting to move in and arrange their units themselves. A new discounted rate of $2.50 per square foot rate does not include electricity or move-in assistance. The $3.90 per square foot rate includes 20-amp electrical service and assistance from an RVIA crew for move-in and vehicle arrangement.
• New Show Layout – A new floorplan will be unveiled this year that features one attendee entry point rather than four. A new mock campground and exhibitor tent will greet attendees upon entrance before they move onto the main show floor where more than 1,000 RVs will be on display across 500,000 square feet of exhibit space.
• Buy and Drive – Those attendees purchasing an RV at the show will be able to pick it up the very next day rather than needing to wait for a later delivery date.
• California RV Show App – In addition to the show website at www.carvshow.com, a new app for Apple and Android devices is being developed to provide a new level of show interactivity. Available through a QR code on the show brochure, the app will provide an interactive map, seminar reminders and a show scavenger hunt to win prizes.
• New Show Hours and Admission Pricing – Show hours will be extended by two hours on Fridays and Saturdays with the show open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Show hours will continue to be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday – Thursday. The daily show admission will remain at $10. Attendees can purchase a wristband for $15 that provides for admission throughout the 10-day show. Also, military personnel will be admitted at no charge this year following a $4 discount in admission price last year.
In addition to these new show components, several popular elements introduced last year will be continued. This includes:
• The RV Factory Showcase – Different RV product types will be showcased in this popular area with RV manufacturer representatives on hand to give product demonstrations and show how RVs work.
• Free RV Parking – Anyone driving their RV to the show can park for free. This helps insure that trade-ins are on-site so dealers can complete the deal.
• Entertainment and seminars – The show will once again feature of number of entertainment options to keep attendees amused and informed.
For more information about the California RV Show, contact Western Show Director Tom Gaither at (818) 248-6600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.