The Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) is sponsoring the 24th Annual Fall Detroit Camper & RV Show, Oct. 2-6 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.
The News-Herald, Southgate, reported that more than 200 new recreation vehicles will be on display including folding campers, motorhomes, travel trailers, truck campers and fifth-wheel trailers. There will also be plenty of exhibitor booths featuring parts and accessories, campground information, onsite RV financing and RV rentals.
“People can come and look at some of the 2014 models we’ll have, but we’ll also be bringing 2013 and even some 2012 models that we’ll be looking to make a deal on,” said Sandy Vicars of Vicars Trailer Sales in Taylor. “It’s the end of the year and we don’t want to have to pay taxes on these models, so we’ll just be blowing them out the door.”
In addition to Vicars Trailer Sales, Lloyd Bridges Traveland of Chelsea will be among the dozens of RV dealers at the show.
“The RV show is great because it allows the customer to see everything under one roof,” said Harold Vandervoort, who’s been at Lloyd Bridges Traveland for 30 years. “And it’s great for dealers because we look to clean up our existing inventory to make room for the new inventory coming in.”
Vicars said the fall show typically is catered toward motorhome and fifth-wheel RVers, especially those looking to head south for the winter. But that doesn’t mean people in the market for travel trailers, hybrids and folding campers won’t have their share of RVs to look at.
“We’ll have a ton of popups, all at significant discounts,” Vicars said. “People can expect about $1,000 to $1,500 off. The savings will be remarkable.”
At the show, people can enter to win event tickets and camping packages from Michigan International Speedway. Winning package includes tickets and camping to an MIS event of your choice.
The 24th Annual Fall Detroit Camper & RV Show is open 2-9 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
The Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) reported a strong start to the 2013 RV show season, seeing growing attendance at events across the state. According to a press release, the positive outlook for the industry is still evident as RV registrations and campground reservations show continued improvement.
A successful Memorial Day weekend kicked off the camping season, offering a jump start for the industry heading into the summer months. Strong consumer confidence was also reflected in the latest reports from the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) indicating an 11% rise in wholesale shipments during the first quarter and a 19% increase in April. Michigan was listed third in the nation with 10,316 new RV registrations in 2012 behind Texas and California, according to Statistical Surveys Inc.
Gary Becker, owner of Indigo Bluffs RV Resort in Empire, Mich., is encouraged for the upcoming summer months, noting, “We have record seasonal growth and rentals for our June-September season.”
MARVAC said that Michigan campers and RVers, conscious of budgeting money and time, will find that camping is a great way to get the most out of a vacation. MARVAC campgrounds across the state provide members with weekend activities such as swimming, bike trails, fishing and crafting.
For more information on MARVAC campgrounds visit www.marvac.org.
The Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) is a statewide, nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging growth in the recreation vehicle and private campground industries while contributing to the quality of Michigan tourism. For more information, visit MARVAC’s website, www.marvac.org. MARVAC, 2222 Association Drive, Okemos, Mich. 48864-5978; 517.349.8881.
The Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) is sponsoring the 36th Annual Flint Camper & RV Show, slated for March 14-17 at the Perani Arena & Event Center.
Over 90 new recreation vehicles will be on display, along with booths featuring parts and accessories, campground information, on-site RV financing and RV rentals.
The new 2013 RV & Campsite, a guide to camping in Michigan, will also be available and free to visitors.
The show is open weekdays 2-9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The cost for adult admission (ages 13 and up) is $7; senior admission (ages 55 and over) is $6; and children 12 and under get in free.
For more information call (517) 349-8881 or visit www.marvac.org.
With temperatures hovering near “You’ve got to be kidding me,” Michigan residents’ thoughts this time of year often fast forward to summer. And for many, those lazy daydreams of summer usually involve camping and RVing.
The Macomb Daily reported that the timing of winter RV shows — including the upcoming 47th annual Detroit Camper & RV Show — couldn’t be better.
The Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) is sponsoring the 47th annual show Feb. 6-10 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. All types of new 2013 recreation vehicles including more than 275 units and 50 brands, will be displayed. Folding campers, motorhomes, travel trailers, truck campers, fifth wheel travel trailers and toy haulers are among the models visitors will see.
“There’s nothing like going to an RV show to cure your cabin fever,” MARVAC Executive Director Bill Sheffer said. “Where else can you get the opportunity to walk around and see, in the case of the Detroit show, 275 new RVs? You’re not just looking at picture of them on the Internet.
“An RV show is also the place to talk to campground owners. We’re finding more and more people are literally making their camping reservations with campgrounds owners who have a booth at the show.”
In addition to the Detroit-area show, MARVAC will host RV exhibitions in Battle Creek (March 7-10 at Kellogg Arena), Flint (March 14-17 at the Perani Arena & Event Center) and Traverse City (March 22-24 at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center). The 24th annual Detroit Fall Camper & RV Show is Oct. 2-6, also at the Suburban Collection Showplace.
The Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) is sponsoring the 22nd Annual Fall Detroit Camper & RV Show Oct. 5-9 at the Suburban Collection Showplace (formerly the Rock Financial Showplace) in Novi, Mich.
Over 200 new recreation vehicles will be on display including folding campers, motorhomes, travel trailers, truck campers, and fifth-wheel travel trailers. Special discounts include folding campers from $4,999, trailers from $8,999 and motorhomes from $49,999. Plus, there are manufacturer rebates on select RVs.
With plenty of exhibitor booths featuring parts and accessories, campground information, on-site RV financing and RV rentals, this will be the complete RV show experience for everyone, according to a news release.
Visitors may enter to win the Ultimate MIS Race Experience package from Michigan International Speedway at the show. Winning package includes tickets, camping and VIP access (valued at nearly $3,000).
A special $1 off coupon is available at www.marvac.org, southeast Michigan Tim Hortons Cafe and Bake Shops, Big Boy restaurants and in area newspapers. The 2011 RV & Campsite, a guide to camping and RVing in Michigan, will be available free to consumers.
Show hours are weekdays 2-9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. The cost for adult admission is $8 (ages 13 and up); senior admission is $7; children ages 12 and under are admitted free. An RV show ticket will also allow entry into the Fall Remodeling & Design Expo in adjacent arena hall, Thursday through Sunday.
Consumers can call (517) 349-8881 ext. 11 or visit www.marvac.org for additional information on the RV show.
The Flint Camper and RV Show teamed up with a new partner to bring their expo back to Flint after a year off, The Flint Journal reported.
The RV show and the Flint Spring Home and Garden Show occupied the Perani Arena and Event Center, 3501 Lapeer Road, Friday through Sunday.
This weekend served as the second annual home and garden show, and the RV show had been coming to Flint since the 1970s before not holding an expo in 2010.
It worked well for both parties, as more than 3,000 people had attended through Sunday afternoon. The dual-show expo brought more traffic to both sides of Perani Arena, said Rosalie Lamb, a show manager for the home and garden show.
“Our primary customers are homeowners and families, and the same is true of the RV show,” Lamb said.
More than 50 RVs were set up in the arena’s soccer facility, while the hockey rink was covered for displays on the home and garden side.
While Grand Blanc resident Laurie Thal came to look at fieldstone paving, which are rocks that come in differently cut shapes, for a walkway, she said she enjoyed looking at other booths on the home and garden side.
“I came out to get ideas, prices and just to see what’s out there,” Thal said.
Grand Blanc resident Lauren Goslee came to look at RVs, but said having both expos in the same building was a nice touch.
“They’ve got a lot of variation,” Goslee said. “We’re looking for down the road.”
Traditionally, the RV show had been held in late February for four days, but the new setup allowed the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) to take advantage of the season.
“(It’s a) little different feel because we’re closer to spring,” said Bill Sheffer, MARVAC director. “We feel good about coming to Genesee County.”
Sheffer said MARVAC does five shows across Michigan, with others taking place in Novi, Battle Creek and Traverse City. Anywhere from 25 to 70 RVs could be sold thanks to the expo, including some not featured at the event.
Thanks to the expo’s success, Lamb said the groups will talk about holding a similar event and said it was a “concept that works.”
The Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) is sponsoring the 19th Annual Northwest Michigan Camper & RV Show March 25-27 at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center in downtown Traverse City.
Over 50 new recreation vehicles will be on display including folding campers, motorhomes, travel trailers and fifth-wheel travel trailers. There’s something for everyone — prices from $5,000 to more than $75,000, according to a news release. Booths feature parts and accessories, campground information, on-site RV financing and RV rentals.
The new, 2011 RV & Campsite, a guide to camping in Michigan, will be available free to consumers. Coupons for $1 off any adult or senior admission are available on www.marvac.org, Big Boy restaurants and three TBA Credit Union locations in Traverse City.
Consumers can also register to win free tickets to the show on www.marvac.org, compliments of Big Boy.
Visit www.marvac.org for additional information on the RV show.
The 45th Annual Detroit Camper & RV Show, sponsored by the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles & Campgrounds (MARVAC), experienced its best show in 10 years, according to a news release.
The show, which ran from Feb. 16-20 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, recorded 18,400 attendees — a 12% increase from the 2010 show.
Saturday alone saw over 9,000 attendees, making it the busiest day in MARVAC RV show history. According to Bill Sheffer, director of MARVAC, show visitors lined up on Saturday before the show opened, with strong ticket sales continuing all day.
Over 280 new recreation vehicles were on display at the Detroit Camper & RV Show. Many RV dealers in the show reported customers looking for smaller, lightweight and more fuel-efficient RVs.
“Buyers are back,” said Victoria Rokas of Vicars Trailer Sales in Taylor. “Customers were upbeat, positive and confident about purchasing an RV as they look for more value for their dollar.”
According to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), RVs are now attracting young buyers between the ages of 18 and 34. In fact, the fastest growing group of RV buyers falls in this age demographic, although buyers between the ages of 35 and 54 remain the largest segment of RV owners.
Sheffer noted the same trend at the Detroit Camper & RV Show, “Show attendees varied in age, but large numbers of families with young children were prevalent throughout the day.”
MARVAC also sponsors the Flint Camper & RV Show in Flint at the Perani Arena & Event Center and the 19th Annual Northwest Camper & RV Show in Traverse City, which will both run in March this year. For more information on these upcoming shows, visit www.marvac.org.
The Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) will once again produce camper and RV shows at two familiar venues in the state of Michigan.
The Battle Creek Camper & RV Show will be held Jan. 27-30 at the Kellogg Arena in downtown Battle Creek. Dealers, including Caswell & Co. of Ionia; Haylett RV of Coldwater; Krenek RV of Coloma and Richards Motor Sales of Reading, will fill the arena with new recreation vehicles. There will be booth space available for MARVAC member campgrounds, suppliers, lending institutions and local businesses related to the industry, according to a news release.
The Flint Camper & RV Show will return to the Perani Arena and Events Center, March 18-20 for a three-day show in conjunction with the Flint Builders Show. The associations MARVAC and BIA of Southeastern Michigan will each occupy an arena and consumers will be invited to attend two shows for one admission price. MARVAC exhibitors will occupy what is commonly referred to as the Junior Arena and the exchange area between the two arenas. Once again several exhibitor booths remain available for display of products related to the RV and camping industries.
Meanwhile, a limited number of exhibitor booths are left for the upcoming Detroit Camper & RV Show at the newly renamed Suburban Collection Showplace (formerly known as the Rock Financial Showplace) in Novi. The show will run Feb. 16-20. For further information regarding any of the MARVAC Camper & RV shows, contact Bill Sheffer or Debra Behrendt at the association office.
The Rock Financial Showplace has a new partner and a new name — the Suburban Collection Showplace.
The Showplace and Suburban Collection have entered into a new, multi-year, multi-million dollar agreement for exclusive naming rights of the 320,000-square-foot landmark conference and expo center, located on Grand River Avenue, west of Novi Road.
Michigan’s recreational vehicle market is on the mend.
The state, with its retiree population and vast array of campgrounds, is seeing RV sales recover a faster pace than the nation overall, the Lansing State Journal reported.
“There’s been a demand, even through the bad periods of late 2008 through 2009, on the part of consumers who are looking for an economical way to travel with their families on vacations,” said Bill Sheffer, director of Okemos-based Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC).
Towable trailers lead sales
There were 6,683 recreational vehicles — including motorhomes and towable trailers — sold in Michigan this year through August 2010, according to Grand Rapids-based Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI). That’s up nearly 21% from the 5,542 sold a year earlier. Towable trailers accounted for the bulk of those sales.
“Even though Michigan has high unemployment, (the state’s residents) have a lot of buying power with people who are on retirement,” said Tom Walworth, general manager of Statistical Surveys.
The state’s jobless rate stood at 13% in September, compared with 9.6% for the nation.
Nationwide sales also grew, but at a slower pace. Dealers sold 135,158 new recreational vehicles through August, up more than 4% from the 129,654 sold during the same period a year earlier.
Michigan sales are likely are boosted by its network of 80,000 campsites in more than 1,200 state- and privately run campgrounds, Sheffer said.
But the past few years have not been leisurely for dealers.
Statewide, sales dropped 50% from 2000 to 2009, with the decline starting around 2005, according to MARVAC.
Stock market impact
The financing crunch has dealt a blow to the industry. Banks have been less willing to offer loans for RVs, though some dealers say the credit crunch is starting to ease, Sheffer said.
And the stock market has had an impact on sales, even more than gas prices, said Gennene Kitsmiller, general manager of Kitsmiller RV in Mason, a Lansing suburb.
Most of her customers are retirees on fixed incomes or are close to retirement and relying on investments, she said. Sales suffered when the market declined during the financial crisis and recession but have been rising as Wall Street improves.
In fact, the past two years have been the dealer’s best since it opened in 1961, Kitsmiller said. The store sold more than 400 RVs in 2009, up 67% from 2008 — many of them the towable variety.
Customers are looking for “more sensible” purchases in the $30,000 to $35,000 range. These tend to be lighter and easier to tow in order to get better fuel economy, she said.
Not all dealers have fared as well. Some have closed or merged into larger companies, Sheffer said.
Slow sales forced Greg Dennis to stop selling new RVs in January 2009. Dennis RV Center now focuses on service and parts. It also rents travel trailers and sells used trailers and motorhomes. The Lansing business has been family owned since 1964.
“Sales have been down and that was a big thing,” Dennis said.
“We had to make a decision to either ramp up our inventory … or concentrate on the customer service end.”