“RV Buddies” will be shooting at the FRVTA Florida RV SuperShow in Tampa, Fla., this week.
Beginning Tuesday, “RV Buddies” will be posting live BlogCasts from the event throughout each day.
“Our goal is to give our audience a real feel for what it is like to be there and to get a first look at all the latest products,” said Mark Summers, producer and host of the show.
Along with still photography of new products, the live BlogCasts will feature short video clips called “SpotLight Videos.”
“We’re excited about these,” said Summers. “They will provide instant visual access to the most exciting new RVs, products and supplies for 2010.”
“The first time we did this was at the Hershey RV show,” Summers said, “And we got a lot of positive feedback. This time we have better Internet broadcast capability and an additional camera designed specifically for BlogCasting. The improved technology should really help us achieve our goal of bringing the show experience to our audience.”
For more information contact Summers at Mark@RVBuddiesOnline.com.
“RV Buddies” is an RV adventure-lifestyle show featuring reviews of RVs, accessories and gear. The show chronicles Mark, Elise, Robert and their RV Buddies Toby and Alex 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.
As the weather in the South improves, organizers expect an uptick in attendance at next week’s Florida RV Trade Association’s (FRVTA) 25th anniversary Florida RV SuperShow Jan. 13-17 at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa.
A possible factor: Freezing temperatures are anticipated overnight in the Tampa area through Sunday with forecasters predicting warmer daytimes at the beginning of the week.
“Starting on Tuesday we are supposed to be getting back to the mid-60s and sunny,” said Lance Wilson, executive director of the sponsoring FRVTA. ”Even if it’s cold, if the sun’s out, people have a better attitude.”
The show, an early bellwether for the 2010 winter show season, is expected to have more than 1,100 towable and motorized RVs on display. Tuesday (Jan. 12) will be a trade-only day.
Although FRVTA is continuing to sell show space, Wilson predicted that physically, the 2010 show will be 15% to 20% smaller than last year when more than 44,000 people attended.
“People (exhibitors) are buying a little less space, but putting more units into it,” he said. “There is a drop off in the size of the show, but not in the enthusiasm. We think there is pent-up demand out there and manufacturers and dealers think the same thing.
“Dealers are starting to see upticks on their lots, which gives them a good feeling going into the show.”
Just as last year, 40% of the units on display at the show will be allowed to be 2009 models. “Of the first 700 units registered, only 18 were 2009 units, so it isn’t that much of a deal,” Wilson said.
Attendance at earlier FRVTA-sponsored regional shows in Tampa, West Palm Beach and Fort Myers has been up 10% to 15% over last year, Wilson reported, although “sales have been good, but not great.”
“It’s a product of the economy and the availability of money, although we are starting to see some cracks,” Wilson said.
Wilson, meanwhile, said that national retail lenders are being pressured by more credit unions becoming involved in RV financing. “We are getting a tremendous bounce from credit unions,” Wilson said. “If that continues to happen, the banks are going to feel the pain and they will react to it. That’s how things normally work.”
In addition to an estimated 45 RV manufacturers, 350 vendors will staff booths at the show and FRVTA will give away two KZ Sportsman travel trailers as door prizes.
The association will sponsor 14 other regional shows between the end of January and early June.
It’s not too late to register for Industry Day at the 2010 Florida RV SuperShow Jan. 12 at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, Fla.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the SuperShow and this year is projected to be a big one, according to a news release.
“With the recent success of the Hershey Show and other regional RV shows, we are expecting huge crowds over the five public days,” said Lance Wilson, executive director of the Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA). “We also want to extend an invitation for everyone in the industry to join us on Industry Day. This is a great venue to see everything the industry has to offer and at the same time enjoy the Florida weather.”
There is no charge for attending Industry Day. To register, go to www.frvta.org and fill out the Industry Day registration form.
General public admission to the SuperShow is $8 for adults and that includes a second-day admission for the cost of one day and children under 16 are free.
The SuperShow hours are Wednesday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m., to 5 p.m. Wednesday is Senior Citizens Day with seniors receiving $1 off the cost of admission (not valid with other discounts).
For more information on the 2010 Florida RV SuperShow, visit the Florida RV Trade Association website at www.frvta.org.