More than 800 new recreational vehicles built by 40 manufacturers have filled Fairplex in Pomona, Calif., as part of the 59th annual California RV Show.
The show, which opened Friday (Oct. 14) and runs until Oct. 23, gives visitors a chance to see the latest recreational vehicles on the market, said Jeanne Sleeper, spokeswoman for the Pomona event.
“This is the largest RV show in the West and the only RV show put on by the RV manufacturers,” Tom Gaither, director of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) Western Show, said in a statement.
“It is the one place where consumers can see all the new 2012 models from manufacturers across America and Canada,” Gaither said.
The show offers something for just about everyone, the San Bernardino County Sun reported.
Those thinking about purchasing a new vehicle can drive their RV to the show, have it appraised and then speak with dealers about acquiring a new one, said Sleeper.
Several credit unions and banks that offer RV loans have representatives available to talk and arrange financing for a new vehicle, she said.
“You could literally do the whole deal in one stop,” Sleeper said.
Sixteen local dealers have provided the RVs along with 150 vehicles that are available for test drives.
The tests include driving the vehicles on local streets, Sleeper said.
Those toying with the idea of purchasing a recreational vehicle can visit the show and see what type and size of RV would best meet their needs or attend workshops related to the ins and outs of maintaining them, she said.
Visitors will find RVs ranging in price from $10,000 for a small trailer to vehicles with large living spaces for $625,000, Sleeper said.
But there is also a great deal in between.
“The vast majority (of RVs) are things that are affordable,” Sleeper said.
Interest in recreational vehicles is on the rise after a drop that came at about the same time the economy went south, Sleeper said.
Some of the interest is linked to people finding they can use their RV for a long weekend trip to the beach or the mountains and for longer vacation trips to spots such as the Grand Canyon, she said.
Such family trips can be more economical using an RV and cutting out hotels and air travel, she said.
The 59th annual California RV Show is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission is $10 for adults, which includes a wristband good for free admission for the remainder of this year’s show.
Children and teens under 17 are admitted for free if accompanied by an adult.
Parking for automobiles is $9 but those traveling in their RV can park for free.
Additional information on the event along with information on admission discounts, seminars and other show activities is available by going to www.carvshow.com.
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The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) 59th Annual California RV Show, taking place Oct. 14–23, kicks off today at the Fairplex in Pomona, Calif., with many new enhancements planned to provide a better show experience for attendees and an improved sales environment for exhibitors and RV dealers.
According to a news release, more than 20,000 consumers are expected to attend the event, which will feature 800 RVs and the latest RV-related products stretched across more than 450,000 square feet of exhibit space.
The California RV Show gets under way this evening with “Dealer Night,” a new trade-only event where RV manufacturer representatives will meet with RV dealers from western states to discuss and showcase brands that are available in their marketplace. On Friday, participants will receive a sneak preview of the California RV Show so they can see first-hand the RV brands they may want to carry on their lots.
RVIA also has several other plans in store to revamp and improve the popular 10-day event for the public. This includes:
Admission Discounts and Wristbands — RVIA will offer admission discounts from Oct. 17-20 to drive attendance during the week. Admission also includes a wristband that gives guests the ability to return to the show for all 10 days, providing everyone a “be-back” pass for the entire event.
Free RV Parking – Anyone driving an RV to the show can park free. This ensures that trade-ins are at the show for dealers to evaluate and complete the deal. Car parking is $9.
Easier Navigation – With a totally revised layout, it will be easier than ever for attendees to tour the show and see the RVs on display. RVIA will continue to run passenger trams throughout the show picking up visitors and delivering them to their destination. Small mobility scooters will be available at all four show entrances for those that need them.
RV Factory Showcase — 45 RV manufacturer representatives will be on hand to show attendees how RVs work and demonstrate the features and benefits of various units. Different product types will be showcased hourly from Oct. 16-22. Each day a different class of RV will be featured.
RV Club Promotion – RV Clubs will receive $4 off coupons for their members with Oct. 19 being designated as RV Club day. This will encourage dedicated RVers to attend and entice them to replace their older rig.
RV-Focused Entertainment – RV cooking demonstrations by the Ultimate Camp Cooking team of Mike Faverman and Pat Mac will give guests new hands-on recipes. “RV Handyman” Dave Solberg will have RV-related seminars, including a presentation on how to buy the right RV for your needs. Award-winning RV travel documentary producer John Holod will showcase films on popular RV travel destinations such as “The Alaska Highway and Baja.” All of the entertainment is focused on RVing to put guests in the mood to go RVing.
Dealer Scavenger Hunt — Guests will receive a Dealer Scavenger Hunt card requiring them to pass by every participating dealer at the show. Guests who have all 16 dealers punch their card will receive an RV travel book. This encourages attendees to circulate throughout the displays, and gives dealers an opportunity to meet guests.
The Show Program – This year’s program is designed to be a buyer’s guide. In addition to a show map, it also describes the different types of RVs for the novice and features articles about trips and destinations for the experienced RVer.
Clean Restrooms — This may sound basic, but nothing turns off a mother more than dirty restrooms. Show restrooms will be cleaned hourly throughout the event.
In addition to the many enhancements planned to make the California RV Show a better experience for attendees this year, the host Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) is also revamping the show to create a better sales environment for exhibiting manufacturers and dealers.
“What makes RVers buy at the show is an intriguing question. And, although there is no guaranteed formula, there are things we can do to help the sales process,” said Tom Gaither, RVIA’s western RV show director. “Through personal experience, I’ve learned about some approaches that work to help encourage buying.”
At this year’s California RV Show, set for Oct. 14-22 at the Fairplex in Pomona, several key elements are being introduced to help manufacturers and dealers make sales. These include:
• Admission Wristband — This year’s $10 show admission will include a wrist band that gives guests the ability to return to the show for all ten days, providing everyone a “be-back” pass for the entire event.
• Free RV Parking – Anyone driving their RV to the show can park free. This way trade-ins are at the show for dealers to evaluate and complete the deal. (Car parking is $9)
• RV Factory Showcase — 45 RV manufacturer representatives will be on hand to demonstrate their brands, giving attendees an excellent way to comparison shop and narrow down their selection.
• RV Club Promotions – RV Clubs will receive $4 off coupons for their members with Wednesday, Oct. 19 being designated as RV Club day. This will encourage dedicated RVers to attend and entice them to replace their older rig.
• RV Type Entertainment – RV cooking demonstrations by the Ultimate Camp Cooking team of Mike Faverman and Pat Mac will give guests new hands-on recipes. RV Handyman Dave Solberg will have RV-related seminars, including a presentation on how to buy the right RV for your needs. Award-winning RV travel documentary producer John Holod will showcase films on popular RV travel destinations such as The Alaska Highway and Baja. All of the entertainment is focused on RVing to put guests in the mood to go Rving.
• Dealer Scavenger Hunt — Guests will receive a Dealer Scavenger Hunt card requiring them to pass by every participating dealer at the show. Guests who have all sixteen dealers punch their card will receive an RV travel book. This encourages attendees to circulate throughout the displays, and gives dealers an opportunity to meet guests.
• The Show Program – This year’s program is designed to be a buyer’s guide. In addition to a show map, it also describes the different types of RVs for the novice and features articles about trips and destinations for the experienced RVer.
• Mobility Scooters – The California RV Show is the largest RV show in the west with more than 800 RVs and other displays stretching over 450,000 square feet. The size of the show can make it difficult for some customers to see it all. This year, small mobility scooters will be available at all four show entrances.
In addition to the “Dealer Night” trade event kicking off the California RV Show in Pomona on Oct. 13, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) also has other exciting plans in the works to revamp and enhance the popular 10-day event, now in its 59th year.
“RVIA’s National Show Committee and the show staff have put a considerable amount of thought into developing ways to improve the California RV Show,” Mike Hutya, vice president of meetings and shows, said in a press release. “We believe these enhancements will provide a better show experience for attendees and exhibitors.”
According to RVIA, the show has a new look with a totally revised layout that will “make it easier for attendees to tour the exhibits and find those exhibitors they particularly want to see.” A plus for walking challenged attendees, mobile scooters will be available for rent on site. For those who don’t need a mobile scooter, RVIA will continue to run the six passenger trams throughout the show picking up visitors and delivering them to their destination. It will be easier than ever for attendees to see the over 800 RV’s on display.
Other promotions and attractions being considered include:
• Trailer Life Directory Scavenger Hunt – Show attendees will be provided with a punch card and a map pinpointing the location of exhibiting RV dealers. Those who have their cards punched by all fifteen dealers will receive a free Trailer Life Directory.
• RV Demo Area – Factory representatives will be on hand to show attendees how RVs work and to demonstrate the features and benefits of various units. Different product types will be showcased hourly from Oct. 16 to Oct. 22. Each day a different class of RV will be featured. To date, 20 RV and chassis manufacturers representing all product types plan to have representatives on hand to answer questions and show their units to attendees.
• Admission Discounts – RVIA will offer admission discounts from Oct. 17 through Oct. 20 to drive attendance during the week. This year free RV parking is being offered so guests can drive their trade-ins to the show.
• Seminars and Entertainment – RVIA will offer seminars and entertainment offerings throughout the course of the show. This will include “Easy RV Maintenance” with the RV handyman David Solberg; “Ultimate Camp Cooking” with the comedy cooking team of Pat Mac and Mike Faverman; “RV Travel Adventurers” with John Holod; and an RV buying seminar.
The 59th California RV Show will take place Oct. 14 – 23 at the Fairplex in Pomona. For more information about the show, contact Tom Gaither, RVIA’s western RV show director at (951) 274-0696; cell – (951) 567-3608 or email – firstname.lastname@example.org. Or check out the show’s website at www.CaRVShow.com, or Facebook page, or Twitter – rvexpert.
Attendance was up and business was brisk at RVIA’s 58th Annual California RV Show, held Oct. 15-24 at the Fairplex in Pomona, Calif., the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) reported
Despite inclement weather during the opening weekend of the show and throughout the week, attendance climbed by 6%, with more than 20,000 people attending during the course of the 10-day event. Last year, the show drew just over 19,000 people.
“It was a very successful show,” said RVIA’s Western Region Show Director Marsha McInnis. “Although we had several rainy, overcast days, we saw attendance rise over last year. And, more importantly, attendees and exhibitors were enthusiastic. Our exhibiting companies reported a very positive mood among attendees and good sales conditions.”
“We were very pleased with our sales and the motivated buyers who came out in the rain to take advantage of show pricing,” said Mark Rosenbaum, sales director for Mike Thompson’s RV Superstores. “We had a great mix of first-time and veteran buyers, and our sales numbers jumped 27% over last year, which was a lot with the weather challenges. This is a good barometer for 2011.”
Mike Richardson of Richardson’s RV Centers added, “This year was very good for us compared to the last few years. We doubled our sales from last year.”
“Like the rest of the RV industry, the market in California is gradually gaining strength,” said RVIA President Richard Coon. “The California RV Show is reflective of that. This year’s show rebounded from last year with more attendees, more exhibitors and more display space sold. We’re looking forward to building on that next year.”
The California RV Show is the largest consumer show on the West Coast with exhibits this year spanning more than 460,000 square feet of exhibit space and 800 RVs on display.
The 59th California RV Show is scheduled to take place at the Fairplex from Oct. 14-23, 2011.
If anyone expected the 58th Annual California RV Show, which ended Sunday after a 10-day run at Pomona’s Fairplex, to signal the sudden recovery of the beleaguered Southern California economy, they were probably sorely disappointed.
On the other hand, according to word on the street, the rain-plagued Pomona Show was in fact a “decent” retail event – despite the incessant and unusual rains – that included a higher percentage of buyers-versus-lookers than most had anticipated and may indeed have reflected the more gradual turnaround of Southern California.
“We did very well closing day,” Marsha McGinnis, western show director for the sponsoring Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), said following the show’s Sunday evening close. “The sun finally came out, and our attendance was up 5.6% over last year for the full 10 days, 20,262 versus 19,194 last year. People came dressed (for the weather) and ready to buy.”
“And our sales were great,” she said of the 460,000-square-foot show at which 800 RVs from 43 manufacturers were displayed. “People were qualifying and buying for the whole 10 days. The closing weekend, even though we had rain and cold, people were here, buying and qualifying. We had a wonderful show. Dealers were exceedingly happy.”
Indeed, McGinnis’s comments generally struck a chord with dealers with whom we spoke, including Mike Lankford, general sales manager for McMahon’s RV, whose Irvine, Calif.-based store was showing Coachmen, Monaco, Winnebago, Pleasure-Way, Heartland and Eclipse brands in a large combined display.
“From the perspective of being in the show since 1994, as far as the weather you’d have thought that we were up in the Northwest, with the rain and the mist, the cold and the dreariness,” said Lankford, whose dealership also operates stores in Colton and Palm Desert. “But the people who came out were credit-worthy, savvy buyers looking for a deal, looking for people to earn their business. So, it was good to see those shoppers out there. We had pretty lofty expectations of doing 300 rigs. We fell a little bit short. But we were in the 200’s, and it was a great springboard for us.”
“The business was pretty much spread between 50-some-odd trailers and close to 40 fifth-wheels,” noted Lankford. “While our toyhauler business was down, our Class C (motorhome) business was pretty decent – right around 40. We actually did a pretty good job with (camper) vans with Pleasure-Way, and we did about 40 Class A’s and right around 30 diesels. That was good. So, all in all, we’re pleased.”
Lankford says McMahon’s actually views Pomona as a “tuneup” for the company’s own “huge” single-store Dodger Stadium Show in mid-November at which the retailer will show 250 to 300 RVs, including some of the 133 units it recently repurchased from troubled,Tucson-based Beaudry RV.
“We actually look at this as a tuneup for our Dodger Show,” he added. “We’re going back to Dodger Stadium with a huge show Nov. 12th to the 21st, and we actually look at this as a springboard for the Dodger Show. Actually it will be much bigger now than we felt Pomona would have been. So, we’ll take our 200-plus retails and swing into Dodger here in a couple of weeks and really get after it.”
“RV Buddies” has re-launched with the third version of their online software, and is now live at RVBuddies.Net.
“After a working summer vacation,’ RV Buddies’ is better than ever,” Mark Summers, executive producer, stated in a news release. “The new site is familiar, but with many subtle upgrades.”
The graphics follow the “RV Buddies” theme and navigation remains similar to the old site so it’s easy for users to find their way around.
There are many programming upgrades making web searching easier (SEO/SEM). In addition, the new site offers phone-friendly versions for iPhone, Blackberry and Android mobile phones.
The old URL, RVBuddiesOnline.com, automatically forwards to the new website location. New episodes shot recently at the California RV Show in Pomona will begin airing soon.
“RV Buddies” is an RV adventure-lifestyle show featuring reviews of RVs, accessories and gear. The show chronicles Mark, Elise and Robert as they visit America’s most beautiful campgrounds and resorts.
The program is distributed as an Internet Television production on its own website, on Apple iTunes and through other distribution channels including phone friendly versions for iPhone, Blackberry and Android.
For more information regarding advertising or editorial opportunities, contact Summers at: Mark@RVBuddies. Be a friend on Facebook.com/RVBuddiesOnline. Tweet the program at Twitter.com/RVBuddiesOnline.
As the 58th Annual California RV Show turns toward the home stretch of its 10-day run at Pomona’s Fairplex, the weather appeared to be clearing on Friday (Oct. 22) for the finale weekend.
And that’s a good thing, because six days of on-and-off rain have tested the nerves of participating dealers and the 43 RV manufacturers who have stepped up to show some 800 units at the Fairplex show, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) only sponsored retail event.
On the other hand, there were encouraging signs at the 460,000-square-foot exposition — versus 420,000 square feet of exhibit space last year — that the Southern California marketplace is gradually coming back to life.
As Marsha McGinnis, RVIA’s western show director, pointed out: “The shoppers have been here. They’ve come out with their rain gear.”
Statistically speaking, attendance by Friday was probably running a bit ahead of last year’s show, which ultimately registered 18,200 attendees, according to McGinnis.
And the weekend weather forecast was looking rather good, as were some of the visitors’ buying habits. “Everybody has the notion that we save our best prices for the weekend,” said McGinnis. “The banks are here and the credit companies are here and the sales have been up. The buyers have been coming out in the inclement weather and buying in a greater percentage over 2009. That’s reflected on the move-out lists.”
The dealers with whom we spoke came down on both sides of the fence with regard to Pomona.
Of course, given the weather, show reports were mixed at week’s end.
Bob Barouti, of Montclair, Calif.-based Giant RV, which had several displays incorporating about 125 to 150 Fleetwood, Thor, Heartland, Forest River and MVP lines, didn’t sound all that enthused.
“We are not totally happy, but are thankful for what we are doing,” said Barouti, who had sold about 75 units by Friday. “Of course, we are not doing what we did several years ago. We used to do 300 to 400 units at the show. This year, we’re doing much better than last year, but the economy is still sluggish here in Southern California, which has put a damper on sales.”
“You would think we’re in the Pacific Northwest,” noted Mike Lankford, general sales manager at McMahon’s RV, with stores Colton, Irvine and Palm Desert. “It’s been damp, cool and misty. People in California are fair weather fans, but the buyers do come out. This separates the buyers from the shoppers, which isn’t necessarily a bad deal at all,”
Despite the rain, Lankford says he’s meeting his goals for the Pomona Show. “We’ve had an even selection of interest,” said Langford, who was showing everything from entry-level towables to Monaco Class As. “Nothing has dominated. Our target was (to sell) 300 units, and we’re tracking about 250. We’ve sold about 15 diesels, 20 Class A’s and 30 C’s. The weather has circumvented some of our business we had targeted, but we are up significantly from last year. For example, on Thursday, we sold five diesels in the rain.”
“Before the rain, we were substantially ahead of last year,” added Frank DeGelas, president of Mike Thompson’s RV Super Stores, Santa Fe Springs, Calif. “And, frankly, we’re ahead of last year, despite the rain. It’s a pretty positive show, but it would have been a very good show if it hadn’t been for the rain. The buyer interest is high. The credit quality is good. I think we’re seeing all the indications of a pent-up buying demand. It will be real interesting to find out what happens this final weekend if, in fact, we get good weather.”
DeGelas, for his part, can’t ever remember rain like this, keeping in mind that there were times when torrential rains washed out the show back when it was located at Dodger Stadium. But no one can remember sustained rain like this. “This is unprecedented for California,” he noted, “and I think that if this thing were happening in Washington State, where rain is commonplace, I don’t think the rain would have hurt it so badly. Around here, we just don’t go out in the rain.”
Weather aside, DeGelas sees the cup half-full in a business sense because he sees a turnaround in Southern California. “This year is a whole different ballgame than it was a couple of years ago,” says DeGelas. What I’m trying to say is that the volume is up, but the margins are up more significantly.
“Now, I’m not saying that it’s unleashing vigorously,” he told RVBUSINESS.com. “I’m convinced it will. What will trigger it? I don’t know. You know, the local politics and economic situation are pretty tough. But, that said, we see things coming back. Our dealership is significantly ahead of last year.
“But what’s the old saying? ‘It’s hard to fall out of bed when you’re laying on the floor. So, we have no way to go but up, and we are up.”
Barring the unforseen, DeGelas says 2011 looks to be a decent year.
“For Mike Thompson, next year will be decent,” he said. “We’re now well-positioned with our product and we’re profitable — certainly not much, but profitable — and going into next year, not competing with the new and used distressed merchandise like last year, it’ll be better. The question is how much.
“One of my concerns is whether we’re in a position as an industry to ramp up next year quickly enough. You know, I’ve been doing this a number of years and I see the back end of recessions generate pretty good sales when the pent-up demand unleashes. Granted, this downturn seems different because there’s such high unemployment. But we don’t want to endure all this pain and not be positioned for the upswing when it does occur, as it will sometime. The question is when.”
MVP RV Inc. announced today (Oct. 15) that it is donating a 2011 Summit travel trailer to the RVIA’s 58th Annual California RV Show in Pomona, Calif. Attendees at the show, which opens today and runs through Oct. 24, can enter a drawing for a chance to win the fully equipped Summit, which will be delivered to its new family by Giant RV, Montclair, Calif.
“We feel blessed to be able to give back to the industry; especially here in southern California” said Scott Degnan, vice president of sales and marketing for Riverside, Calif.-based MVP RV. “We are fortunate to be able to put hundreds of people back to work, and are excited to make some family’s dream come true with this brand-new trailer.”
The Summit comes standard with a raft of equipment, including laminated aluminum framed walls, EZ Lube hubs, heavy-duty stabilizer jacks, tinted safety glass windows, powder-coated aluminum diamond plate front rock guard, 13.5 BTU A/C, full size awning, microwave and Jensen AM/FM/CD player. MSRP is $17,359.
The largest consumer RV show on the West Coast opens Friday (Oct. 15) as the 58th Annual California RV Show kicks off its 10-day run at the Fairplex in Pomona. The only RV event staged by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) open to the public, the show will feature RV manufacturers and supplier exhibits stretching across 450,000 square feet of exhibit space.
More than 25,000 consumers are expected to visit this year’s show to view the more than 800 RVs that will be on display. In addition, show attendees will also be able to take advantage of popular daily seminars to boost their knowledge about RV travel and camping, and well-known RV driving school owner and instructor Dennis Hill will once again offer his popular seminar “Yes, You Can Drive an RV.” He will also lead a session on “Traveling to Alaska.”
“The show is a fabulous forum to learn about RVing,” said RVIA President Richard Coon. “It gives both experienced RVers and those just developing an interest the ability to see an incredible variety of vehicles and gather a lot of information about RV ownership.”
The 58th Annual California RV Show also will feature live music, appearances from well-known radio and entertainment personalities, and other attractions — including RV historian David Woodworth displaying a vintage 1931 RV during the opening weekend. The 2nd Annual Classic Car Show will also take place that weekend with more than 100 classic autos on display along with the vehicle owners who travel in RVs to car competitions throughout the nation.
There will also be sweepstakes prize drawings, including a truck camper provided by Lance Camper Manufacturing Corp., Lancaster, Calif., and a travel trailer by Moreno Valley, Calif.-based MVP RV. Other prizes will include vacation packages to Catalina Island in California and Laughlin, Nev.
For more information on the 58th California RV Show visit www.carvshow.com