Large Class A motorhomes greet visitors as soon as they enter the grounds of the Midwest RV Super Show. And they can be found further down the aisle amid the 300 RVs at this weekend’s show at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind.
As reported by the South Bend Tribune, prices run as high as nearly $300,000, but it seems proportional to the vehicles that stretch as long as 40 feet.
Nationally, people are having no trouble taking the step into what many would consider the finest of the RVs. So far this year, sales are up 32% for Class A motorhomes over last year.
Whether because of the leather sectional and recliner, large refrigerator, three flat-screen TVs or 1 1/2 baths, it’s fair to say many people wished the inside of their house looked as nice as the 2013 Dutch Star by Newmar Corp.
John and Janet Lipscomb, of Punta Gorda, Fla., were studying the offerings closely Thursday (Aug. 8). They are on their third Class A motorhome since 1997 and were looking at purchasing their fourth.
“The best part is you can have your things with you,” said Janet, citing closets for clothes. “Plus we can make a long trip out of it and tour.”
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What may have been a long, hot summer for many in the U.S. was simply a summer that featured a mild but solid warming trend in the RV business.
And, according to a report by the South Bend (Ind.) Tribune, a cold morning rain Friday (Aug. 10) at the 57th Midwest RV Super Show at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart was not going to stop that.
In short, sales are up, nationally and locally. And dealers found they were visiting with more people serious about buying early on at the four-day show that concludes Sunday.
“I think sales have been improving dramatically here in the last year,” said Jim Schmucker, a salesman for Tiara RV Sales in Elkhart. “The signs are good right now.”
It was reflected in the number of dealers and RVs at the show.
More than 215 recreational vehicles were on hand in the area adjacent to the RV/MH Hall of Fame, just off the Toll Road in Elkhart.
“The show itself more than doubled the size of the show we had last year in downtown Elkhart,” said Mark Bowersox, the show’s director. This year’s show opened a day earlier on Thursday, too, with 450 people in attendance.
“I expect attendance to be up as reflective of the consumer demand and the interest in the growth of the industry,” Bowersox said.
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The future meets the past next month when the RV/MH Hall of Fame hosts the Midwest RV Super Show. According to a report by the Elkhart Truth, the three-day show begins Aug. 9 and organizers hope they’ve found a permanent home at the hall.
Like the industry itself, the show is still in the rebuilding mode after a dreadful recession that hit Elkhart especially hard. Three years ago, the show took a hiatus. During the past two years, it was held in downtown Elkhart. Now, organizers look forward to capitalize on the hall’s proximity to the Indiana Toll Road.
During the past two years, attendance has been between 2,500 and 4,000 people.
“That location might be a little more visible, so we’re hoping to beat those numbers,” said Mark Bowersox, the show’s director who works for the Indiana Manufactured Housing Association and Recreational Vehicle Indiana Council. “It should grow to be a destination event again.”
The Midwest RV Super Show will be operating in a new venue, as the Aug. 9-12 show sets up for its 57th edition at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind.
According to a press release, the event has been held in downtown Elkhart for the last two years. Organizers said the RV industry has recovered enough to required a larger facility for Elkhart’s “premier retail show.”
“This year’s event has nearly doubled in terms of reserved dealer space” said show director Mark Bowersox. “That means we’ll have about double amount of products we had last year.”
The Hall of Fame offers a convenient location for area residents and easy access to the show for travelers. It also offers something no other show facility in the country can duplicate – an amazing array of antique recreational vehicles.
Show organizers are taking advantage of that by offering a combo ticket that includes admission to the show and admission to the RV museum for one low price. Admission to the show is $6 for adults and normal admission to the museum is $9 for adults, but when purchased together attendees can view both displays for just $10.
“It’s the only place you can see the latest RVs along with some of the earliest,” said Bowersox. “With hundreds of brand new RVs on display outside and dozens of vintage RVs on display inside this event appeals to every RV enthusiast.”
After a one-year hiatus, the Midwest RV Super Show opened in downtown Elkhart in 2010 with the support of the City of Elkhart – a fact that isn’t lost on Bowersox.
“The city stepped up and supported the industry and this event when we needed it,” he said. “Without that support we wouldn’t be where we are today.”
Show hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Visit www.RVshows.org for complete information.
Everything was coming together today (Aug. 12) for the 55th Annual Midwest RV Super Show which for the first time is being held in downtown Elkhart, Ind.
Ten RV dealers from northern Indiana are showing between 120 and 140 model year 2010 and 2011 RVs at the three-day show, which opens at 10 a.m. Friday and runs through Sunday.
The show covers approximately 70,000 square feet on city-owned property.
“We filled up the space allotted,” said Mark Bowersox, executive director of the Indiana Manufactured Housing Association-Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council (IMHA-RVIC), the show sponsor.
Bowersox hopes for a crowd in excess of 7,000 to attend the show, which was not held in 2009 due to the slumping economy.
“There is a certain excitement just being in Elkhart and, hopefully, a certain draw,” he said. “Elkhart and RVs are syonomous.”
The show has a local flavor as most of the RVs on display were built in or near Elkhart County, Bowersox noted.
The participating dealers are:
- Camp-Land, Burns Harbor.
- Great Lakes RV Center, Elkhart.
- Elkhart RV Sales, Middlebury.
- Indiana RV Connection, Middlebury.
- International RV World, Elkhart.
- Showhauler, Middlebury.
- The Outpost RV, Middlebury.
- The RV Center, Columbia City.
- Total Value RV, Elkhart.
- Wana RV Center, Shipshewana.
Show hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.