An early morning rain shower may have dampened the grounds Sunday (April 28) at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind., but it apparently did little to stymie enthusiasm and turnout for the final day of the first-ever Spring Hall of Fame RV Show, hosted by the Indiana Manufactured Housing Association-Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council Inc. (IMHA-RVIC).
“The show’s been going very well,” noted Matt Rose, director of recreation vehicles for Indianapolis-based IMHA-RVIC. “Friday was a little slow, but Saturday’s traffic was wonderful. And even with the rain today, there’s been a steady stream of people coming in all day. The cloudy skies have not deterred the crowd at all. I don’t have anything to compare it to because it’s the first year, but the traffic has been surprisingly good.”
According to Rose, the spring event grew out of a request from dealers familiar with other RVIC events.
“Four of the seven dealers showing here were with us in South Bend, and two of them were at our show in Fort Wayne,” Rose pointed out. “They did so well in those locations that they asked the association to do a spring show to help kick off the summer selling season.
“The dealers are quite happy with the show,” he added. “They are doing very, very well. One dealer reported selling two units just in the morning on Friday.”
With an open, well-equipped display that ranged from Flagstaff SuperLite travel trailers by Forest River Inc. to Thor Industries Inc.’s Palazzo and Tuscany motorhomes, Elkhart-based Total Value RV of Indiana Inc. had what salesman Scott Moody termed a “fantastic” show.
“We’ve already sold five units – three motorhomes and two trailers,” Moody told RVBUSINESS.com on Sunday morning. “It’s been a real good show. Today we got a little rain, but the first two days the weather was perfect and we had great traffic.”
Gary Miller, with Wana RV Center, also was pleasantly surprised by the amount of traffic.
“It’s going good,” Miller said. “There were quite a few people out yesterday; today, it’s been slower, but there’s still a lot of people out here — quite a few more people than I was expecting, actually.”
According to Miller, Wana RV Center doesn’t necessarily participate in RV shows to generate on-site sales, but to promote increased traffic through its Shipshewana, Ind., showroom.
“We don’t really come to the shows to necessarily sell units – we’re here mainly to display, and encourage interested people to visit our lot where we have a lot more units, different floorplans. This is mainly to introduce them what we have.”
Based on dealer feedback and local turnout, Rose anticipates that the Spring Hall of Fame RV Show will become a regular event.
“We’re planning to make it an annual event,” Rose said. “And as well as the dealers are doing, I am confident that they will want to do it again next spring.”