John and Nancy Szabo made their way to Cleveland’s IX-Center after a week of frigid weather to set their sights on a cozy way to camp during their newly-earned retirement for 2014, according to a report by WEWS TV.
Marking its 38th year, the Ohio RV SuperShow offered over 600 RVs in the expansive IX-Center, but the Szabos had firm ideas on an upgrade after decades of working their way up the RV chain. The show opened Wednesday (Jan. 8) and runs through Sunday.
“We’re here to look at the Class A’s primarily. We’ve had the pop-up trailers, we’ve been tent camping, we’ve had the class C motor home, and we’re just looking now that we’ve retired for something that’s going to be bigger. Just get out there and enjoy the outdoors, and get around to all of the United States,” said Nancy Szabo.
John Szabo was very particular about letting RV salesmen know that the outside of his soon-to-be acquired RV was as important as the inside luxury.
“I definitely want an outside kitchen,” he said. “I don’t see ourselves sitting in the camper, in the motorhome, watching TV constantly. We want to be sitting outside grilling, enjoying ourselves outside sitting around, whether reading, talking, by the campfire, whatever.”
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Some 36,000 people attended the Ohio RV Supershow Jan. 9-13 at the I-X Center in Cleveland, Ohio, where sales were reported relatively strong by Detroit area-based General RV and manufacturer Jayco Inc., Middlebury, Ind.
”There definitely was a lot of positive customer sentiment,” said Loren Baidas, General RV president, whose company has 10 stores in Michigan, Ohio, Florida, Illinois and Utah. ”Sales were up slightly from last year. Across the board, we had good retail action.”
Traffic at the first major 2013 retail show left Baidas ”pessimistically optimistic” about the potential for sales this year.
”At this point there will be some opportunities for a little growth,” he said. ”I hope the market is up 5% to 10%.”
More than 600 RVs were on display at the show, billed by its promoters — Tm Show Productions, Kent, Ohio — as ”America’s Largest Indoor RV Show.”
”The show was bigger this year,” said promoter Paula Messersmith. ”There were a lot of good prospects on the floor and the dealers thought it was a pretty good show.”
Pat Carroll, director of product development for Jayco’s Motorized Group, said sales were stronger than the Ohio show last year.
”We did a lot better,” Carroll said. ”There were a lot of families there, but traffic was very heavy for all ages. Medium- and low-priced travel trailers sold the best.”
The increased Ohio Supershow attendance ”was a good sign for the industry,” Carroll said.