In a sign the RV industry and the economy as a whole is on the road to recovery, GoodTimes Promotions will hold two RV shows in a year in California for the first time since 2008, and will expand in size and number of dealers.
Mike Nohr, the founder of GoodTimes Promotions and organizer of the 18th Annual Northern California Spring RV Show and Sale slated for May 14-23 in Pleasanton, said in a news release the troubled economy delivered one of the worst blows to the RV industry he’d seen in 35 years, which is why he held only one show in 2009. However, Nohr, who organized the West Coast’s largest RV show at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in January, said the economic tide is turning.
“We had a lot of folks come out to the winter show and we sold a lot of RVs,” he said. “People are feeling better about the economy and want to get back to doing some of the things they love — like traveling.”
In fact, Nohr noted, a recent survey by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) shows that RV manufacturers shipped 20,100 new RVs to dealers in February, up 27% over January and up 95% over February 2009 shipments, making it the best month in nearly two years.
After seeing strong sales at their winter event and promising economic indications from the industry, GoodTimes is embracing the good news and beefing up the event: 70,000 more square feet, dozens more RVs and more dealers showcasing their wares will make the May show one of their largest yet and allow customers to speak to dealers in one convenient location, Nohr said.
“The signs are all there,” said show manager Shawn Nohr. “The sellers who survived the recession were willing to make good deals. They’re eager to keep this recovery rolling, so they will be out to wheel and deal.”
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Good Times Promotions was founded by Michael Nohr in 1988 after he stepped away from 30 years in the RV industry. He started in the RV and trailer business working for Nohr’s RV, which was owned and operated by his father.