Despite competing with another RV show in DeLand, Fla., organizers said last week’s Jacksonville RV SuperShow was one of the most successful in the show’s 25 years, The Florida Times-Union reported.
Alan Dulberger, regional president of the Florida RV Trade Association and general sales manager of Camping World RV Sales in St. Augustine, said Wednesday )March 2) that attendance dropped by about 300 to 400 people. He also said that organizers of the DeLand show reported reduced attendance.
“I was told every dealer did as good or better than last year,” Dulberger said, adding that Camping World had its best show ever in sales.
“This really was a very positive show,” Dulberger said.
Another participating dealership agreed.
“I don’t think it could have gone any better,” said Steve Fogle, general sales manager of General RV Center on Wells Road in Orange Park.
Fogle said the dealership, now in its second year of operation, topped last year’s show sales with a reported 80 units sold.
Even with the slightly lower turnout, the show remains one of the largest in Florida. Dulberger credits much of the SuperShow’s success to the facilities at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center.
Having the show at a permanent structure allows for a much simpler show to run and makes it friendlier to show-goers, compared to the parking lots at EverBank Field, where the show was held until last year, or other impermanent locations used by other RV shows.
The Jacksonville SuperShow annually displays more than 350 RVs or various sorts, from popup trailers to massive diesel RVs.
“I expect it to be even bigger next year,” Fogle said, expressing hope in a recovering economy.
Fogle also said he continues to see RV sales pick up. General RV has even seen fit to begin a massive expansion of their dealership in response to growing sales.
With sales of recreational vehicles (RVs) on an upswing in 2010 and more orders projected this year, organizers are expecting record attendance during the Jacksonville RV SuperShow scheduled Feb. 24 – 27 at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center west of downtown Jacksonville, Fla., The St. Augustine Record reported.
“It’s a great opportunity for people to preview the newest RVs and also take advantage of some exceptional dealer discounts, factory rebates and other incentives offered at the show,” said Alan Dulberger, regional president of the Florida RV Trade Association (FRCTA). “We’ll have more than $20 million in recreation vehicles and accessories showcased at this year’s event, including more than 400 new and used motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth-wheels and tent campers.”
This year, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) expects total shipments of 246,000 RVs nationwide – up from about 160,000 shipped in 2009.
“While we’ll have the larger, more elaborate motorhomes on display, RV consumers have been buying more lower-priced, small-to-mid size RVs, and this year’s Jacksonville SuperShow will reflect that trend,” Dulberger said.
Along with the hundreds of RVs on display, finance and insurance companies will also have booths on site to provide information to visitors considering an RV purchase.