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Fort Myers Show Sees Strong Gate Opening Day

January 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The 29th Annual Fort Myers Recreation Vehicle Show is under way at the Lee Civic Center. And, according to a report by the North Fort Myers Neighbor, it’s a camping enthusiast’s dream as they get to see, tour and, if they have the urge, buy an RV at the show sponsored by the Florida RV Trade Association (FRTA).

Thousands came on opening day on Thursday (Jan. 23) to see the latest models, browse the vendors and perhaps make a deal for a trade or purchase.

The show features hundreds of new RVs on display, both on the grounds and in the arena, in all sizes and brands including gas and diesel motorhomes, fifth-wheels, travel trailers, toy haulers, park models, and van, truck and folding campers from 14 different dealers throughout Southwest Florida.

The event also features more than 100 booth vendors selling hard-to-find camping extras, camping locations, RV insurance, mobile phone services and more, along with free entertainment.

The RVs were coming in as early as Tuesday, with vendors arriving to set up on Wednesday for the Thursday opening for the four-day event that continues through Sunday.

And there was a huge line of people waiting to get in, not only to take advantage of the free parking and discounted ticket prices, but for the deals that could be had.

Many attendees were impressed. Brenda Carpenter, who was visiting from Virginia, already owned an RV and wanted to see how she could improve on their current model.

“We want to enhance the one that we have. When you get the Class A, you need mechanical knowledge and experience in how things operate,” Carpenter said. “A lot of people can tow them, with a big pickup and not as many things go wrong.”

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Organizers Prepare for Fort Myers Show Opening

January 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Promising outdoor traveling adventure and family fun, the 27th Annual Fort Myers RV Show motors into the new year at the Lee Civic Center Jan. 19-22.

“Attendees can view hundreds of recreation vehicles of all different types, sizes and prices,” said Nelda Iacono, president of the Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) – Region One, which hosts the event. “It also features 100 outdoor and camping supply vendors.

“For many years, the Fort Myers RV Show has been the top RV show in Florida 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 show in Florida and one of the largest RV shows in the Southeast.”

The Fort Myers RV Show features 12 dealers from throughout Florida displaying a wide selection of new recreation vehicles of all styles, brands and price ranges, including folding campers, gas and diesel motorhomes, travel trailers, toy haulers, fifth-wheels, park models and van campers.

Besides RV products, the show offers attendees the chance to browse 100 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 engine enhancers for fuel efficiency.

The lure of RVing is bearing fruit as the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) recently reported that year-to-date total shipments rose to 219,100 units through October this year, up 4% from this same 10-month-period last year.

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

The Fort Myers RV Show will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Go to www.frvta.org/rv-shows for more information.

 

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15 Dealers Featured at Fort Myers RV Show

January 11, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Entering a new decade of traveling adventure and outdoor family fun, the Fort Myers Recreation Vehicle Show motors into the new year at the Lee Civic Center Jan. 20-23, Nelda Iacono, president of Florida RV Trade Association-Region One, has announced.

“This year’s show promises to continue providing patrons the opportunity to see the latest and best camping products available to local RVers and lovers of the great outdoors,” Iacono stated in a news release. “This year’s show offers 15 dealers displaying hundreds of recreation vehicles of all different types and prices. It also features close to 100 outdoor and camping supply vendors.”

“For many years, the Fort Myers RV Show has been the top RV show in Florida simply because of the high quality products, outstanding displays and cost-saving prices for consumers,” Iacono said. “I’m proud to say this emphasis on quality has enabled the show to grow into the largest dealer show in Florida and one of the largest RV shows in the Southeast.”

The 26th Annual Fort Myers RV Show will feature 15 dealers from throughout Florida displaying a wide selection of new recreation vehicles of all styles, brands and price ranges, including folding campers, gas and diesel motorhomes, travel trailers, toy haulers, fifth-wheels, park models and van campers.

Besides RV dealers, the show offers attendees the chance to browse 100 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 engine enhancers for fuel efficiency.

To combat rising fuel price, RV manufacturers have improved fuel economy through the use of plastic composite materials that has reduced the weight of RVs by as much as 25%.

“Now is the time to buy since RV prices have never been lower,” Iacono continued, “making the RV lifestyle surprisingly affordable.”

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25th Annual RV Show Opens in Fort Myers, Fla.

January 21, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Wednesday was opening day  of the 25th Annual Fort Myers Recreation Vehicle Show at the Lee Civic Center in North Fort Myers, Fla.

Besides RV dealers, about 100 vendors will be displaying equipment and accessories, according to the Tallahassee Democrat.

Kathie Eppers, co-owner with her husband, Skip, of Skip Eppers RVs in Punta Gorda, was busy Wednesday setting up the roughly 19 RVs they have on display.

There’s something for everyone at the show, she said  — everything from towable units for young couples to go camping on up to fancy large-scale motorhomes with washers, dryers, tile floors and granite kitchen counters.

This is the busiest time in the industry in Southwest Florida, said Eppers, who noted she’s been coming to the show for the past 20 years.

Also setting up at a booth inside the civic center was Jack Murray, a manager of Camp Hatteras RV Resort, an oceanfront park in Rodanthe, N.C.

The remote location is accessible only by bridge or ferry and features units as close as 50 feet to the Atlantic, he said.

Now is the off-season but he expects a lot of interest from Floridians planning their summer trips, Murray said.

The Fort Myers show is presented by the Florida Recreation Vehicle Trade Association (FRVTA), whose Florida RV SuperShow in Tampa last week reported a 12% increase in attendance compared to 2009.

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Dealers Look to Fort Myers RV Show Jan. 21-24

January 12, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

FRVTA logo, techCelebrating 25 years of outdoor fun and adventure, the Fort Myers (Fla.) Recreation Vehicle Show motors into the new year at the Lee Civic Center Jan. 21-24.

This year’s show promises to continue providing patrons the opportunity to see the latest and best camping products available to local RVers and lovers of the great outdoors, Nelda Iacono, president of Region One of Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA), announced in a news release. “This year’s show will offer hundreds of recreation vehicles of all different types and prices. It also will feature close to 100 outdoor and camping supply vendors,” she said.

“For many years, the Fort Myers RV Show has been the top RV show in Florida simply because of the high quality products, outstanding displays and cost-saving prices for consumers,” Iacono said. “I’m proud to say that this emphasis on quality has enabled the show to grow into the largest dealer show in Florida and one of the largest RV shows in the Southeast.”

This year’s RV show will feature dealers from throughout Florida displaying a wide selection of new recreation vehicles of all styles, brands and price ranges, including folding campers, gas and diesel motorhomes, travel trailers, toy haulers, fifth-wheels, park models and van campers.

Besides RV dealers, the show will feature 100 outdoor and camping vendors displaying equipment and accessories to help outfit RVers or provide information on where to camp throughout the nation. Items include new braking systems, RV insurance, specialized camping equipment and high-tech engine enhancers for fuel efficiency.

RV ownership has reached record levels in the United States with an estimated 8.2 million American households now owning an RV — a 16%  increase since 2001 and a 64% gain since 1980, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).

And, with the economy pinching consumers’ budgets, RV travel remains an affordable option. The 2008 PKF Vacation Cost comparison study showed that a family of four can save 27% to 61% on vacation costs by traveling in an RV, after factoring in ownership costs and fuel. Even with higher fuel prices, more than 80% of RV owners say their RV vacations cost less than other forms of vacation.

In fact, RV parks and campgrounds across the country report that reservations this year are 8% better than they were last year. RV rentals also were up 12% in 2009, according to a survey by the Recreation Vehicle Rental Association (RVRA).

With the recent economic downturn, prices for RVs have never been lower,” Iacono continued, “making the RV lifestyle surprisingly affordable. Since the Fort Myers RV Show is among the first shows of the 2010 season, many residents make this event a ‘must see’ since it enables camping enthusiasts to view the large variety of RV’s available from Florida dealers.”

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