Upstate New York RV Dealers Have High Hopes

February 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Interior of the

Interior of the exposition center at Rockland Community College, site of the 37th Annual Northeast RV Show

The 37th Northeast RV Show this Presidents’ Day Weekend at the Rockland Community College in Suffern, N.Y., includes more than 20 dealers and related vendors guiding visitors through the RVs and campers that are decked out with luxuries such as flat screen TVs and mini fireplaces to an attached outdoor wet-bar and kitchenette, the New City Patch reported.

“The RV industry has taken a hit in the past few years, but we have a good feeling about the upcoming years,” said Tom Threlfall of Garick RV, a 25-year-old family run business in Oak Ridge, N.J. “There’s a lot of positive attitude going into the show and there’s a lot of traffic today. A lot of people are getting that cabin fever and the weathers warming up. We have high hopes this year.”

There are informational booths with pamphlets and representatives to talk about camping, RV and vacation spots at the show. Food is also on hand with the concession stand and a man selling all things good: fudge, candy, chocolate.

“We currently own a RV,” said Alejandro Azuajes, who came out with his wife for the show on Saturday. “We’re looking into possibly upgrading and updating. We have seen models of floorplans that look attractive. They have new things this year.”

He and his wife came out last year to check out the massive RV showroom.

“So far (the RV show) it’s been going very well,” said Fred Blozen of Camping World. “A lot of new people are getting ready to retire soon and they’re coming out because this is something they’ve always wanted to do. There’s also been a lot of people who’ve bought in the past and have come out to see what’s new.”

Bob Schappach and his wife own a large travel trailer that’s on a set location next to a lake and they braved the windy day to come out to the RV show.

“We came to see the new products, see what they’ve got out there,” he said. “The RVs are changing every year. I’m looking to upgrade if the right one comes along.”

The show concludes today (Feb. 21).

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