Today marks day one of the Green Country RV and Recreation Show at the QuikTrip Center at Expo Square in Tulsa, Okla. The three-day event is the largest RV show in the area, followed by a smaller show at the end of summer, according to the Tulsa World.
Organizers and RV dealers are actually reporting an uptick in interest and sales of pleasure vehicles this year as Oklahomans try to shake off the poor economy of the last 18 months.
“Interestingly enough with the economy the way it is, the RV industry is starting to perk up a little bit,” said Phil Keeter, Green Country RV Show president.
“This show will feature exhibits from all leading RV dealers in this area and there will be 260,000 square feet of space, everything from the latest in deluxe motorhomes, to travel trailers, fifth-wheels, camping trailers and a lot of other different outdoor gear. There will be more than $50 million of merchandise on display,” Keeter said. “This is the place to be this week if you want to see all the latest RV trends.”
The strong start to the year is encouraging to those in an industry that has been hit hard by the recession. Several national manufacturers have shut down or faced financial difficulties.
The Green Country RV Show usually marks the beginning of the local industries’ buying season as shoppers look for new vehicles to take out camping and sporting.
Like previous years, the show will use the entire 260,000 square feet of the upper level at the QuikTrip Center. It will also feature nine RV dealers which are bringing out their newest models.
Those dealers are finding that their biggest and most expensive vehicles are getting the most attention from buyers, Keeter said.
“Dealers have seen some increase in the Class A motorhomes,” Keeter said of the largest type of RV. “So they’ll be bringing a lot of Class A vehicles.”
He said the newest line of motorhomes are more opulent than last year and many are featuring flat-panel televisions, computers and areas to store ATVs and motorcycles.