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FRVTA Finalizes Schedule for State Convention

August 26, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

frvta_logoThe Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) will be holding the 34th Annual State Convention Sept. 4-7 at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort on Ft. Lauderdale Beach. According to a press release, this year’s convention will feature a strong slate of presenters to bring FRVTA members up-to-date on the state of the industry and what to expect in the coming months.  

The theme for the convention is “Chart Your Course to RV Treasures,” celebrating the rich pirate history of Florida’s east coast. The “Davy Jones’ Locker” Hospitality Room will offer a relaxing place to unwind and network with fellow industry professionals from around the state and country. Friday afternoon will include the “Landlubbers” Golf Outing and the “Captain Hook’s” Fishing Trip, and that evening FRVTA will host the “All Hands on Deck” costume/dinner party.

Friday morning kicks off the general session with motivational speaker Scott Burrows. Following a successful college football career at Florida State University, Burrows was paralyzed from the chest down in a car accident. Today, he encourages his audiences to stand up to their challenges, regardless of the circumstances. Also scheduled are industry updates by Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) President Richard Coon and Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) President Phil Ingrassia.

Rounding out Friday morning’s general session, FRVTA General Council Marc Dunbar will bring attendees up-to-date on the recent legislative session and elections. He will then introduce Carlos Lopez-Cantera, a University of Miami graduate who became Florida’s first Hispanic Lieutenant Governor in January of 2014.

Saturday morning the breakout sessions will bring detailed information to attendees in smaller, more intimate classroom settings. Presentations include: Allen Monello will cover dealer compliance issues; Tom Walworth from Statistical Surveys Inc. will take a look at the industry numbers; Rob Cochran of Camping Connection will show how to make parts departments more profitable; Sheril Vergara will cover “Advanced Social Media Strategies”; Sharon Curington will discuss time management; and Kim Curry and Melanie Fraser will discuss the very basics of “Social Media and Your Business.”

Saturday’s lunch will again feature “Pirate Dave” and his “Hidden Treasure” game show. Contestants will be trying for cash and prizes just like the old “Let’s Make a Deal” TV show.  “Name That TV Show/Movie Theme Song” and pirate trivia will also be a part of a very lively and fun luncheon.

The convention wraps up that evening with the “Fair Winds” awards banquet and silent auction. The silent auction benefits the FRVPC Fund and features such items as weekend getaways, I-pads, E-readers and Disney gift certificates.

FRVTA is still taking prize donations for the silent auction and the game show luncheon.  For more information or to make a donation, call (813) 741-0488.

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FRVTA SuperShow Sets Space Drawing Record

August 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

frvta_logoThe Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) set a new record during the initial space drawing for the 2015 Florida RV SuperShow, conducted Aug. 5-7 at the organization’s Riverview office via phone and Internet.

FRVTA reported in a news release that manufacturers drew over 7% more space for the 2015 show versus the 2014 drawing, setting a new record for the amount of space sold. In the past, more space will be sold between now and the SuperShow. The grandfathered drawing order determined the order in which space was selected.

“We are very excited with the results of the space draw this year,” said FRVTA Executive Director Lance Wilson. “Our manufacturer members continue to show confidence in the SuperShow as a quality selling event. With the amount of space purchased, 2015 should be a banner year for the show and the industry as a whole. We thank our manufacturers for their support not only for the SuperShow but for our regional shows as well.”

The theme of the 2015 Florida RV SuperShow is “Take it Outside!” to emphasize that interest in the outdoors is at an all-time high and RVs make it easy to enjoy America in style and comfort. It is also an invitation to discover that RVs offer freedom, flexibility and fun not found in any other activity.

Industry Day at the 2015 Florida RV SuperShow will be January 13  from 10 am. to 4 p.m. Attendees will be treated to coffee and donuts in the morning and a free lunch. Public Days will run Jan. 14-18 . The Florida RV SuperShow hours are Wednesday – 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 2015 Florida RV SuperShow or to register for Industry Day, contact FRVTA at 10510 Gibsonton Drive, Riverview, Fla., 33578 or visit www.frvta.org.

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FRVTA Show Space Drawing to Run Aug. 5-7

July 2, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

              The Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) will hold the space drawing for the 2015 Florida RV SuperShow on August 5-7

According to a press release, each manufacturer that has returned their contract with a deposit will be called during the drawing to pick a space in the show.  The “Grandfathered Drawing Order” will determine the order in which space is selected. FRVTA said that any manufacturers that would like to pick space and haven’t sent in a contract can still do so by contacting Lesa Colvin for more information.

Industry Day at the 2015 Florida RV SuperShow will be Jan. 13  from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Attendees will be treated to coffee and donuts in the morning and a free lunch. Public Days will run Jan. 14 -18.  The RV SuperShow hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m.-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 2015 Florida RV SuperShow or to register for Industry Day, contact FRVTA at 10510 Gibsonton Drive, Riverview, Fla., 33578 or visit www.frvta.org.

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FRVTA ‘Spring Clean-out Show’ Opening Friday

February 12, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The 8th Annual Spring Clean-out RV Show, sponsored by the Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA), Region 1, is set to run Feb. 14-16 at Germain Arena in Estero.

According to a press release, this year’s annual event features seven dealers from Florida’s Gulf Coast displaying a large variety of new and used recreational vehicles, including gas and diesel motorhomes, park models, travel trailers, fifth-wheels, folding campers and van campers.

“Dealers are overstocked with units from our recent show events and sales,” said Chris Morse, president of FRVTA, Region 1. “They must make room on their lots and the easiest way is to give the public a great deal.”

Besides RV products, the show offers attendees the chance to browse a variety of outdoor and camping vendors displaying equipment and accessories to help outfit RVers or provide information on camping.

The show will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. all three days. Both admission and parking are free. For more information click here.

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FRVTA Show Providing Key Venue for Vendors

February 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

When the five top Northeast Florida RV dealerships converge on the Jacksonville Equestrian Center on Thursday (Feb. 13) for the Florida RV Trade Association’s (FRVTA) Jacksonville RV MegaShow, their 400 motor-homes, fifth-wheels, trailers, and pop-ups will take up most of the space and generate most of the sales.

However, according to a report by the Florida Times-Union, the annual four-day show is more than the motor coaches and trailers. It’s also about the number of companies that cater to current and potential RV owners, using expos like the MegaShow to tap a growing market of accessory and after-market buyers.

David’s Permanent Coatings, owned by David Adair and based in Green Cove Springs, has displayed at the show for the last six years and will be among the vendors at next week’s event.

Adair’s company, which offers an exclusive, pure poly-urea coating system that water- and puncture-proofs RV roofs, started exhibiting locally before it moved on to add other Florida RV Trade Association shows in the state.

“We started in Jacksonville and then slowly expanded to the RV SuperShow in Tampa, then through Florida and now we’re at RV shows as far away as Kentucky and Indiana,” said co-owner Jessica Adair. “We do it because we realized early on that when people can see our system, they know our product isn’t just another roll-on or protective-type coating. It’s really thick, and a great touch-it, feel-it product. It sells very well in person.”

For the full story click here.

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FRVTA Jacksonville Show Expecting Big Crowd

January 29, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Based on new figures on recreational vehicle sales in 2013, Florida RV dealers say attendance at the Jacksonville RV MegaShow next month could reach pre-recession levels of more than 12,000 over the four-day event.

The Florida Times-Union reported that RV sales projections have held up, led by sales growth for towable RVs and pricier stand-alone motor homes. Manufacturers expect to ship more than 300,000 units to dealers’ lots this year for the first time since the economic downturn.

“During the recession, sales were steady, but they shifted to the smaller, no-frills travel trailers,” said Steve Fogle, general sales manager with General RV in Orange Park and president of the Florida RV Trade Association’s (FRVTA) Northeast Florida chapter. “With the economy stable and people going back to work, we’re seeing more RV owners trading up or buying larger RVs.”

Five area RV dealerships will showcase more than 400 used and new RVs and be joined by RV accessory vendors and financing advisors during the Jacksonville RV MegaShow, set for Feb. 13-16 at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center.

For the full story click here.

 

 

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Tampa Show Enjoys Record Gate, Steady Sales

January 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

RVers check out the displays at the Florida RV SuperShow

Serving as an annual harbinger for the RV industry, last week’s Florida RV SuperShow gave rise to a positive outlook for the coming year as the host Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) reported record attendance and “brisk sales” for the participating dealers and suppliers.

According to FRVTA Executive Director Lance Wilson, 56,953 RV enthusiasts passed through the gates at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa for “public days” at the Jan.15-19 event. “Our first day was huge, and so was Saturday,” Wilson said, noting Tuesday’s Industry Day was also well attended. “Thursday and Friday were pretty normal, but still steady. I think everyone was pleased with the traffic.”

Also fueling hopes for a banner 2014 was “an overall upbeat attitude” among attendees.

“All the negativity that haunted the industry – gas prices, lack of financing and a tough economy – seems to have dissipated,” Wilson said. “We saw it last year as people were more upbeat, but it was even more evident this year. Unless something dramatic happens, something out of our control, I think the dealers and manufacturers are anticipating another good year.”

That enthusiasm translated into sold tags hanging on RVs as dealers were “generally pleased” with sales results.

“We certainly don’t have any official numbers regarding dealer sales, but generally speaking they seemed to do very well,” he said. “I think we’re seeing a lot of people that are tired of sitting on their money and not making anything because of interest rates. It’s created a lot of pent-up demand. I heard there were a lot of cash sales and a good portion of the people who attended the show were serious about buying an RV.”

Wilson noted  that financing is more available for “qualified buyers,” which also helps spur sales. “We’re not back to the point where anybody can buy an RV, which is a good thing,” he said. “People are smarter about lending, and their debt load. It gives the industry a real solid base to operate from and has the makings for a prolonged run versus facing another meltdown.”

Although falling well shy of the “polar vortex” that has gripped other areas of the nation, Wilson said weather was a factor.

“The weather was spotty – sunny but in the low 50s, which is cool for us,” he said. “It was also windy, which made it even cooler. But it didn’t rain, so the weather really didn’t deter people from coming out.”

He added, “All in all it was a very successful show, and I think it was good indicator for the industry as a whole.”

The dates for the 2015 Florida RV SuperShow are Jan. 13 (Industry Day) and Jan. 14-18 (Public Days).  For more information contact the FRVTA at (813) 741-0488 or visit www.frvta.org.

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FRVTA’s Fort Myers Show Slated For Jan. 23-26

January 14, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Promising outdoor traveling adventure and family fun, the Ft. Myers Recreation Vehicle Show motors into the new year at the Lee Civic Center Jan. 23-26, 2014. According to a press release, 14 RV dealers will be on hand for the event hosted by the Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA)- Region 1.

“Attendees can view hundreds of recreation vehicles of all different types, sizes and prices. It also features 80 outdoor and camping supply vendors,” said Chris Morse, president of the association. “For many years, the Fort Myers RV Show has been the top RV show in Florida and the Southeast simply because of the high-quality products, outstanding displays and cost-saving prices. I’m proud to say this emphasis on quality has enabled the show to grow into the largest dealer-sponsored show in Florida and one of the largest RV shows in the Southeast.”

Besides RVs, the show allows attendees the chance to browse 80 outdoor and camping vendors displaying equipment and accessories to help outfit RVers or provide information on camping throughout the nation. Items include new braking systems, RV insurance, specialized camping equipment and high-tech makeovers for older RVs.

RVing continues to be an economical form of travel. PKF’s spring 2011 Vacation Cost Comparison Study, the most recent analysis available, showed that a family of four could save 27% to 59% on vacation costs by traveling in an RV, depending on the type of trip taken and RV used. A two-person travel party (the typical empty-nest couple) would save 11% to 46 %. With continuing higher fuel prices, more than 80% of RV owners say their RV vacations cost less than other forms of vacation.

“For the majority of RV buyers, the interest on their purchase is tax deductible since it qualifies as a second home,” Chris continues. “Now is the time to buy since RV prices have never been lower, making the RV lifestyle surprisingly affordable.”

The 29th Annual Fort Myers RV Show is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $8 with children under 16 free. Parking is free courtesy of the FRVTA. For more information visit www.frvta.org/rv-shows.

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FRVTA Readies for 2014 Florida RV SuperShow

January 7, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) will host the 29th Annual 2014 Florida RV SuperShow Jan. 15-19.  According to a press release, the RV SuperShow will again be held at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa.

FRVTA reported that the 2014 SuperShow will have representation from every major RV manufacturer as well as hundreds of accessory booths exhibitors. ”We will have more supplier booths and every type, size and style of RV on the market,” said Marketing Director David Kelly. ”With the addition of new entertainment and more seminars, we’re anticipating record crowds this year. We’re also renewing the two-day pass so the public will have two full days to see everything at the SuperShow at no additional cost.”

The theme of the 2014 Florida RV SuperShow is “It’s Your Turn.”

“A lot of people have held off either buying their first RV or upgrading what they have,” Kelly said. “The ‘It’s Your Turn’ theme conveys that now’s the best time to buy, and you deserve it. With hundreds of RVs on display and educational seminars, the SuperShow is the place to trade in your old RV or get all the information you need to get acquainted with the RV lifestyle.”

In addition, some of Florida’s finest campgrounds and resorts will have booth exhibits to show attendees the best camping opportunities found anywhere. A huge display of camping accessories and supplies will be found in the Camping World Store. Entertainment will include clowns and unicycle riders along with barbershop quartets and bagpipe bands.

Seminars are presented throughout the day at the SuperShow. National RV writer Bob Marx will host two seminars daily – “Tips for Buying an RV” and “Full Time & Extended RV Travel.” Additional seminars include basic RV maintenance, weight and tire issues, and “RVing 101 – Everything You Need to Know.”

The Super Rally celebrates its 27th year at the SuperShow. The rally is open to any RV clubs and the general public, and offers a number of amenities, including free admission to the SuperShow all five public days, meeting facilities for RV clubs, free coffee and donuts every morning, and seminars. Three nights of entertainment and refreshments are also included.

Admission to the SuperShow is $10 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. s).

For more information visit www.frvta.org.

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FRVTA Region 1 Hosting Fall ‘Clean-Out Show’

October 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Region One of the Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) will hosts its annual fall recreation vehicle show at Germain Arena in Esterom, running Nov. 1-3. According to a press release, this is the first local RV show of the season during what many are saying will be a banner year for the RV Industry.

Called the “Fall Clean-Out RV Show,” the three-day-event will feature seven local dealers “cleaning out” their new and used inventory to make room for new 2014 models. Vehicles on display will include a wide selection of new and used recreation vehicles of all styles, brands and price ranges. A variety of exhibitors also will be on hand, including a mobile phone service, a campground, financial services, an electric scooter provider and a portable boat vendor.

“This admission-free event is the association’s way of saying ‘thanks’ to the public for supporting us throughout the year,” said Chris Morse, president of Region One. “By sponsoring these shows, the trade association allows the public to view lots of RVs in one place.”

The recreation vehicle show is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. all three days. Admission and parking are free for everyone. Onsite financing will be available to qualified buyers.

Click here for more information.

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