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FRVTA Enthused by Round of Regional Shows

November 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) just completed five regional RV shows and the results were encouraging heading into the busy winter selling season, according to a press release.

Tampa, Destin, Stuart, Kissimmee and Ft. Myers all hosted fall RV shows this year. FRVTA noted that while it was hard to compare to last fall, as three of the shows were new this year, the people that did attend were very optimistic about purchasing in the near future. The Tampa Show collected 10 barrels of canned goods for Metropolitan Ministries.

“This is a great time of year for shows due to the drier and cooler weather,” said FRVTA Marketing Director Dave Kelly. “We were able to get more advertising value for our dollars as well because we weren’t competing with political campaigns this fall in Florida. I think that also contributed to the upbeat and optimistic attitude of the crowds”.

FRVTA said that dealers and vendors reported steady sales. Campgrounds around the state are also seeing “snowbirds” a little earlier this year. “With the winter selling season just around the corner, all of these are welcome signs of great things to come,” FRVTA said in the release.

The FRVTA winter show schedule kicks off with the 2012 Florida RV SuperShow, Jan. 10 (Industry Day), Jan. 11-15 (Public Days). That will be followed by shows in Ft. Myers, Ocala, Jacksonville, Deland and West Palm Beach.

For more information about the FRVTA winter shows or for exhibitor information, go to www.frvta.org or call 813-741-0488.

 

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McMahon’s RV Hosting Show at Angel Stadium

November 11, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

One of the largest RV shows for this year opened today (Nov. 11) at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif., and is scheduled to run through Nov. 27. On display will be all the major brands of Class A and Class C motorhomes, plus travel trailers and fifth-wheels. The event is hosted by McMahon’s RV.

“We continually make great purchases with all the manufacturers to give our customers the best price for the type of RV they want,” said Brent McMahon, owner of McMahon’s RV, in a press release. “Our team of knowledgeable salespeople help customers decide which RV product is right for them.”

McMahon said that offering a wide selection of new and used RVs at the show “allows anyone who has been looking to get their first motorhome a chance to experience what owning an RV is all about. And those wanting to move up into a larger unit can now see all the different options of RVs at this major event.”

McMahon’s RV is a division of MegaRV Corp., which has been serving Southern California since 2000 and recently expanded into Arizona.

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Central Oregon Dealers Show Draws Hundreds

September 19, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

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Last weekend’s annual Central Oregon RV Dealers fall show and sale drew hundreds of RVers to the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center in Redmond, according to a report by KTZV TV, Bend.

Organizers say this type of show is intimate and great for those looking to buy new or used RVs. Manufacturer representatives were also on hand presenting the new 2012 floorplans and latest technology.

“When all of us bring the product that you normally have to go to five or six different places for, all to one place, then it’s fun,” Central Oregon RV Dealers Association President Chris Jackson said Sunday (Sept. 18). “We see lots of families — the kids just love it. But the bigger people who are making the big decisions can walk through these vehicles, see through two or three things all in one spot.”

This weekend’s event had more than 500 RVs, and for the first time, the show included car dealers, featuring trucks for towing and towable cars for motorhomes.

 

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Interest Level High at North Carolina RV Show

September 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The 10th annual North Carolina Fall RV Show & Sale held this past weekend in Greensboro provided an opportunity for attendees to shop end-of-season sales prices and plan for future RV trips, according to event organizers.

“Fall is a fantastic time for families to camp in the mountains and at the beaches in North Carolina, and the level of interest in RVing was at an all-time high this past weekend,” said Jeff Haughton, vice president and eastern region manager of GS Events, in a press release. “Attendees were pleased to see an exciting array of RV and camping accessories, parts and supplies, and campgrounds from across the country, as well as over 200 new and used RVs on display from Camping World – along with a complete RV retail shopping experience at Camping World’s outdoor RV store.”

According to Alan Good, general manager for Camping World of Statesville, the show was a great success.

“The 2011 North Carolina Fall RV Show & Sale clearly exceeded our goals, not only in record sales and attendance but also in the relationships we established with the show’s attendees,” he said. “Camping World eagerly awaits our return to Greensboro in January 2012, and plans are already under way to make the next show bigger and better than ever.”

Josh Erickson, Southeast vice president of Camping World, noted, “Camping World was excited to support the North Carolina Fall RV Show & Sale, and we were richly rewarded for our investment in this show. We look forward to continued growth in our Greensboro customer base.”

Leading RV Expert and author of “The RV Handbook,” Dave Solberg, was also on hand, conducting daily seminars to first-time RVers on the wide variety of product available while helping them to make the best product decisions for their needs. Additionally, he gave instruction on topics such as electrical systems, generators and refrigerators.

For information on all upcoming RV shows from GS Events, exhibitor lists and discounted online tickets to the shows, visit the www.AffinityRVShows.com.

 

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Central Oklahoma Dealers to Hold Fall RV Show

August 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Central Oklahoma’s premier RV Dealers are set to host the Annual Fall RV Show & Closeout Sale at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City on October 13-16.

According to a press release, the event will be held in the Cox Pavilion and Travel & Transportation Buildings at State Fair Park and will be open for general public attendance.

The show will feature the brand name inventories of Central Oklahoma’s largest and most prominent RV dealers while many outdoor-related products and services will be on display. Dealers will welcome trade-ins and provide financing on site.

All product categories will be represented. RV Show hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission to the Annual Fall RV Show & Closeout Sale is $8 per person with 1/2 price admission for everyone on Thursday and Friday only. All persons 12 and under will be admitted to the RV Show free of charge and parking will be free all four days of the show.

 

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Pomona Show to Offer RV Factory Showcase

August 16, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

One of the exciting new additions to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) 59th California RV Show is the RV Factory Showcase where RV manufacturer representatives will go head-to-head as they give comprehensive feature-and-benefit presentations to show attendees.

According to a press release, these demonstrations will take place in the RV Factory Showcase, a specially-designed 10,000-square-foot area where products from each RV type will be featured Oct. 16-22.

“I think attendees at this year’s show will have a keen interest in what these factory reps have to say. You can research RVs 24/7 on thousands of websites, but meeting directly with an RV factory rep will give buyers insight they’ve never had before – anywhere,” said RVIA Western Show Director Tom Gaither. “This is comparison shopping at its finest, where interested consumers have access to tremendously helpful information as they decide what brand to buy.”

The RV Factory Showcase schedule:

Class A Diesel Motorhomes (Sunday, Oct. 16) – Representatives from Entegra, Fleetwood RV, Itasca, Jayco, Monaco RV, and Winnebago Industries will give 45-minute presentations describing their products in detail. There are also plans to have Spartan and Freightliner Custom Chassis on hand to start off these demonstrations.

Class A Motorhomes (Monday, Oct. 17) – Representatives from Itasca, Fleetwood RV, Monaco RV, Tiffin Motor Homes, and Winnebago Industries will discuss the advantages of their respective gas-powered units and examine reasons for selecting gas versus diesel.

Toy Haulers (Tuesday, Oct. 18) – Toy Hauler trailers are the most popular type of trailer sold in the west, and brands such as Eclipse RV’s Attitude and Stellar; Keystone Fusion; MVP RV Impact; and Northwood Manufacturing Desert Fox will be showcased.

Fifth-wheel Travel Trailers (Wednesday, Oct. 19) – Products on display will include a high-end unit from Carriage; Milan from Eclipse RV; Montana by Keystone; Destiny from MVP RV; Arctic Fox by Northwood Manufacturing; and Lexion from Starcraft RV.

Class B and Class C Motorhomes (Thursday, Oct. 20) – Airstream, Itasca, Jayco, Fleetwood RV, MVP RV, Roadtrek and Winnebago Industries will highlight their products in the type B and type C markets.

Lightweight Travel Trailers (Friday, Oct. 21) – Smaller, lighter, and more fuel-friendly vehicles will be featured, including the Airstream Bambi; MVP RV Sonoma; Skyline Aljo; Starcraft RV Evolution; and, for the first-time ever to show, a new Winnebago-branded trailer.

Folding Camping Trailers and Truck Campers (Saturday, Oct. 22) – Products on display will include the Columbia Northwest Aliner, truck campers from Lance Manufacturing, and the Northwood Arctic Fox. To top the week off, a lightweight Lance 1575 trailer will be given away as the sweepstakes prize.

“This will be an exciting and challenging part of the show,” said Bill Toy, a former Fleetwood executive who will be on-site to coordinate the RV Factory Showcase area. “It will surely be exciting for the customers to see RV factory reps giving these demonstrations but it will be challenging for the reps to convince these guests to buy their brands. They will have to be on their game.”

For a current listing of RV factory representatives and the brands they will be demonstrating go to www.CaRvShow.com and click on “Meet Factory Reps” button. To see RV factory reps discussing their upcoming demonstrations, go to the California RV Show Facebook page.

The 59th California RV Show takes place Oct. 14–23 at the Fairplex in Pomona, Calif. For more information about the show, contact Tom Gaither, RVIA’s western RV show director, at (951) 274-0696; cell – (951) 567-3608; email – tgaither@rvia.org, or Twitter – rvexpert.

 

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2011 Sponsors Announced for Hershey Show

August 12, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The Pennsylvania RV and Camping Show, set to run Sept. 12-18 in Hershey, Pa., recently announced its 2011 sponsors.

According to the Pennsylvania Recreational Vehicle and Camping Association (PRVCA), hosts for the annual event, the sponsors “add much value to the show, and the PA RV and Camping Show would like to thank them for their support.”

The 2011 sponsors include the following:

• Azdel Inc: Shuttle and Golf Cart Sponsor

• Cruiser RV: Golf Cart Sponsor

• DRV Luxury Suites: Golf Cart Sponsor

• Fulton Bank: Jim Kelly Meet and Greet footballs Sponsor

• Progressive Insurance: Champions Club, Cyber Cafe

• Reicharts Camping Center: Fold Down Camper Giveaway

• Rockwood RV by Forest River: Fold Down Camper Giveaway

• RVTraderOnline.com: Program, Video Board and Golf Cart Sponsor

• Sweet Life Realty: Red Carpet Gift Item

• WGAL: Fold down Camper Giveaway

The Pennsylvania RV and Camping Education Foundation will also be acknowledging their sponsors at the show’s Annual Red Carpet Luncheon. The Education Foundation supports the RV Technician Distance Learning Program, RV Technician Apprenticeship Program and scholarships for the Distance Learning Program and Campground Management Program. Sponsors include:

• Keller Marine and RV: Bronze Sponsor

• RVIA: Silver Sponsor

• Stag Parkway: Silver Sponsor

For more information on the PA RV and Camping Show, America’s Largest RV Show, visit www.largestRVshow.com.

 

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Apple Rock Hired to Run N.C. Dealer Shows

August 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The North Carolina RV Dealers Association (NCRVDA) has engaged Greensboro-based Apple Rock to manage and promote the North Carolina RV Shows, effective immediately.

According to a press release, these will be the only shows in North Carolina that will be authorized and fully supported by the NCRVDA. Steve Plemmons, owner of Bill Plemmons RV and president of the NCRVDA, noted, “We are very pleased with the direction we are moving in for our 2012 shows and believe NCRVDA is on the best path.”

All three shows are completely sold out of RV dealer space further demonstrating the support and dedication of the NCRVDA.

Apple Rock will promote the shows in three cities – Raleigh, Charlotte and Greensboro – beginning in 2012. Apple Rock has hired Anthony Tedesco, formerly with Affinity Events, as show manager for these RV Shows.

“After being away from the North Carolina RV Shows for last five years, Apple Rock has fully committed to producing the highest quality RV Shows and giving the attendees a complete RV experience at the show,” said Apple Rock CEO Eric Burg

The 2012 show dates are as follows:

• Jan. 20 – 22: Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh

• Feb. 17-19: The Park (formerly the Charlotte Merchandise Mart, Charlotte)

• March 9-11: Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro

For information or to reserve space, go to the website www.northcarolinarvda.com or contact Anthony Tedesco, show manager, at anthony.tedesco@applerock.com or 800.478.2324.

 

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RVIA Adds ‘Dealer Night’ to Pomona RV Show

July 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

One of the new additions planned for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) 59th Annual California RV Show in Pomona is Dealer Night on Oct. 13, where RV factory representatives can meet with RV dealers from western states to discuss brands that are available in their marketplace.

The special trade-only evening event will include an RVIA-hosted dinner and then mini-breakout meetings where RV factory representatives can showcase their brands to current and invited prospective dealers. On Oct. 14 Dealer Night participants will be given a sneak preview of the California RV Show so they can see first-hand the RV brands they may want to carry on their lots.

Additionally, comedians Mike Faverman and Pat Mac will entertain with their stand-up comedy performance and four Indianapolis 500 penthouse seats will be given away to a lucky participating RV dealer.

“There’s been quite the change in both the RV brands that are available out West and the quantity of RV dealers here,” said RVIA’s Western RV Show Director Tom Gaither. “The two-year recession has changed this mix dramatically. As a service to our manufacturer members, we think helping them build back a strong network of dealers is vital to everyone’s recovery. Our October show with over 800 RVs on display is ideal for manufacturers to display their best RVs to western dealers.”

RVIA manufacturer members who have already signed on to invite dealers to Dealer Night are Chalet RV, Earthbound RV LLC, Entegra Coach Inc., MVP RV Inc., Monaco RV LLC, Skyline Corp. and Starcraft Inc.

“We are really looking forward to Dealer Night and think that it will be a great addition to the show,” said Scott Degnan, MVP RV’s vice president of sales. “We have many exciting new brands across several segments of the market and we look forward to getting our branding message out there. MVP’s goal is to continue to build on our strong network of western dealers, and then provide first class service as we grow with them. Dealer Night will help us do that.”

For more information about Dealer Night or the California RV Show, contact Gaither at (951) 274-0696 (cell), (951) 567-3608, or email – tgaither@rvia.org.

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British Columbia Home Show Adds RV Display

April 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

A mini RV show, featuring all sorts of outdoor recreation vehicles, including motorbikes, ATVs, fishing boats and RVs, has been added for the first time to the Ridge Meadows Home Home in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, the Maple Ridge News reported.

Organizer Cass Winder expects more than 20,000 visitors to the event, which runs April 29 to May 1, and is one of the biggest shows of its kind in western Canada. Maple Ridge is a suburb of Vancouver.

“Everything you’ll need for summer will be here,” said Winder. “All the toys, and everything to haul those toys.”

There will also be golfing, camping and fishing displays by local outdoor tourism companies.

“We have such an abundance of outdoor opportunities here. There’s rivers, streams, parks, horse trails and mountains to explore,” said Winder.

“We wanted this year’s show to reflect that.”

For more information, visit www.ridgemeadowshomeshow.com.

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Good Kickoff to 2011 Retail Show Season

January 10, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Camping World logoAn early report out of the season’s first retail trade shows bodes well for the RV industry.

The 14th Annual Camping World RV Supershow, held Jan. 6-9 at the state fairgrounds in Syracuse, N.Y., was the best in years, the sponsor said.

“The show was great, traffic was fantastic,” Kevin Bostrom, regional vice president of Camping World, told RVBUSINESS.com. The show featured some 350 units from Camping World stores in Syracuse, New Jersey and New Hampshire.

Snowy weather held down traffic on Friday “but Thursday, Saturday and Sunday surely made up for it,” he said.

Sales more than exceeded the 2010 show, and that show was a good one, he noted.

The Syracuse show has always been a good one for towable sales, he said, “but we sold a great selection of new motorhomes as well, from 21-foot Class C’s to 42-footers with tag axles.”

A host of shows get underway this week in Tampa, Fla., Houston, Pittsburgh, Denver, Chicago, Kansas City, St. Paul, Grand Rapids, Mich., St. Louis and Indianapolis.

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FRVTA Regional RV Shows Draw Huge Crowds

March 3, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

frvta-logoThe Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) just completed the fourth of five regional shows held around the state and the attendance numbers have been fantastic, according to a news release.

The Fort Myers RV Show celebrated its 25th year of providing residents of Southwest Florida with the finest in camping. This year’s event featured 15 dealers from all along the Gulf Coast displaying the latest and greatest recreation vehicles ranging from luxury Class A motorhomes to affordable folding camping trailers. The show also offered attendees well over 100 vendors with all the items guaranteed to make their outdoor adventure the best ever.

Many sales were registered by both dealers and vendors alike, as attendance increased about 1,000 over the 2009 tally. Of course, most importantly, dealers were busy on their lots for weeks afterwards where interested customers sealed the deal for their dream machine.

Next up was the Ocala RV Show held the last week in January. Even with a day of rain on Saturday, the show was up close to 1,000 people over last year with over 5,300 attendees. “This was the third year we held the show at the Ocala Equestrian Center and I think people like the venue,” said Dave Kelly, FRVTA marketing director. “It’s easier to get to and we draw more from the south where a lot of campgrounds are located.”

The Central Florida RV Show was held at the Volusia County Fairgrounds in DeLand the third weekend of February and great weather and more creative marketing brought in a record crowd of over 7,100. “We used Post It notes on the newspapers and a four-page wrap on opening day,” said Ken Prentiss, chair of the ad committee. “We really tried to focus the ad budget to our customers, and it really brought them in this year.”

The Jacksonville RV Show moved to a new venue this year, the Jacksonville Equestrian Center. The move paid off as close to 8,000 people found their way to the new location. “A lot of people didn’t like going to the stadium downtown but they had no problem going to the new location,” said Region 6 President Bill Propper. “From what we saw, we were able to draw people from outside the Jacksonville area. This was a great start using a new location.”

All of the shows also received a lot of press from both TV stations and newspapers. “We received great PR from the media at all our shows,” said Kelly. “The coverage was very positive and the media referred to RV sales as a leading economic indicator that is pointing the way to the end of the recession.”

The FRVTA will hold two shows next week to wrap up the winter show season. The West Palm Beach RV Show and the Clean-Out show at the Germaine Arena in Estero. For more information contact the FRVTA at (813) 741-0488 or www.frvta.org.

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Affinity Events Announces 17 Spring RV Shows

December 8, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Affinity logoComing off a successful fall show season, Affinity Group Inc.’s Affinity Events will host 17 consumer RV shows during the 2010 spring show season.

Affinity Events and show exhibitors are combining efforts to bring the latest RV models and camping supplies to outdoor recreation enthusiasts across the country. The upcoming shows will also feature various campgrounds from across the United States, offering RVers a chance to shop and plan an exciting summer vacation, according to a news release.

“Our fall shows helped bring RV dealers and enthusiasts together at a critical time in the RV industry,” said Tom Gaither, senior  vice president of Affinity Events. “It was a win-win show season.

“Our exhibiting dealers moved inventory and buyers capitalized on ‘Screamin’ Deals’ offered at the shows. The Affinity Events fall RV shows drew strong crowds and helped participating dealers sell to first-time buyers as well as long-time RV enthusiasts.”

Gaither points to Affinity’s strong connections to RV enthusiasts through its many clubs, services, media outlets and events as a key differentiator for Affinity shows. “The relationships we maintain with RVers offer us an intimate understanding of the RV industry,” said Gaither. “We are proud to match RV buyers with dealers and we look forward to continued success for our show exhibitors in 2010.”

New next year, attendees who purchase an RV at the shows will receive an “RV Getaway Gift Package,” a one-of-a-kind gift package from Affinity Events. “We want to ensure RVers are ready to hit the road in their new rigs by supplying them with the best information and resources available,” says Jeff Haughton, vice president of Affinity Events.

The package will include: Good Sam Emergency Road Service six-month membership, Good Sam Club one-year membership, Camp Club USA one-year membership, dry camping reservation at The Rally 2010, Golf Card one-year membership, Good Sam Club cookbook, Good Sam Club Road Atlas, Trailer Life Directory, Ultimate Camp Cooking DVD, a one-year subscription to either MotorHome or Trailer Life magazine, Woodall’s One Tank Trip book and Towing/Dinghy Guides.

The spring shows will also include a variety of featured entertainment:

  • The Ultimate Camp Cooking Comedians, sponsored by Good Sam Emergency Road Service, Trailer Life Directory and the Good Sam Club, will be appearing at eight different shows to demonstrate easy, yet affordable gourmet camp cooking recipes. They’ll also keep everyone laughing with their lively antics while they cook. Ultimate Camp Cooking will be featured at the North Carolina RV & Camping Show – Greensboro, Mid-America RV Show, Minneapolis/St. Paul RV, Vacation & Camping Show, Kansas Sports, Boat & Travel Show, Rhode Island RV & Camping Show, Colorado RV, Sports Boat & Travel Show and Pomona RV & Travel Show.
  • John Holod of RV Adventure Video will be at four different shows sharing tips and techniques he has developed over 20 years of RV travel and showing attendees the smartest ways to see the country in an RV. His featured videos will include “Alaska: Highway and Ferry,” “East Coast: Maine to Key West,” “Baja Mexico” and the all-new “Rocky Mountain RV Adventure.” He will appear at the Washington Camping RV Expo, Minneapolis/St. Paul RV, Vacation & Camping Show, Virginia RV Show and Colorado RV, Sports, Boat & Travel Show.
  • Other special features at the Affinity Events spring RV Shows include RV expert Dave Solberg, presenting RV Safety, Turning your RV TV digital and RV Buying seminars; Live Shark Encounter performing live at the Kansas Sports Boat & Travel Show; and Sea Lion Splash performing live at the Mid-America RV & Boat Show.

Visit www.affinityrvshows.com to find information on the shows in given locales. 

The 2010 Affinity Events RV Show schedule includes shows from Rhode Island to California. Scheduled shows are:

  • Jan. 8-10, 21st Annual North Carolina RV & Camping Show – Greensboro.
  • Jan. 13-16, 20th Annual Colorado RV Adventure Travel Show.
  • Jan. 15-17, 24th Annual Washington Camping RV Expo.
  • Jan. 15-17 and 22-24, 5th Annual Mid-America RV Show.
  • Jan. 22-24, 43rd Annual New Jersey RV and Camping Show.
  • Feb. 11-14, 43rd Annual Minneapolis/St. Paul RV, Vacation & Camping Show.
  • Feb. 12-14, 25th Annual Richmond Camping RV Expo.
  • Feb. 18-21, 56th Annual Kansas Sports, Boat & Travel Show.
  • Feb. 19-21, 20th Annual North Carolina RV & Camping Show – Charlotte.
  • Feb. 19-21, 21st Annual Las Vegas Sportsmen’s RV & Travel Show.
  • Feb. 26-28, 17th Annual Rhode Island RV & Camping Show.
  • Feb. 26-28, 21st Annual North Carolina RV & Camping Show – Raleigh.
  • March 4-7, 53rd Annual Colorado RV, Sports, Boat & Travel Show.
  • March 5-7, 15th Annual Atlantic City RV & Camping Show.
  • March 12-14, 6th Annual Virginia RV Show.
  • April 8-11, 5th Annual Pomona RV & Travel Show.
  • April 9-11, 4th Annual Iowa RV & Travel Show.

Affinity Events is a division of Affinity, parent company of RVBusiness magazine and RVBUSINESS.COM.

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Louisville Boat and RV Show Set for Jan. 20-24

November 23, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

The 53rd annual Louisville Boat, RV & Sportshow cruises into the Kentucky Exposition Center, Jan. 20-24.

The five-day event is the Mid-South’s preeminent outdoors show with hundreds of boats and recreational vehicles on sale from the region’s top dealers, plus a wide selection of marine accessories, hunting and fishing gear, according to a news release.

The show will be staged in the KEC’s East Hall and South Wing (A & B)

“The Louisville Boat, RV & Sportshow offers the opportunity to shop the largest selection of boats, RVs, outdoor gear and accessories at unprecedented bargains,” notes Kim Muncy, show manager. “There’s no better place to shop, compare and save than this sportshow, which offers a one-stop marketplace for every outdoor activity, lifestyle and budget.”

In addition to shopping the 2010 show, visitors can find a variety of special features, including:

  • Affordability Pavilion – Back by popular demand in its second year, this area will showcase boats for those with smaller budgets, highlighting pricing options and displaying boats that visitors can finance for $250 or less.
  • Pre-Show Shopping – Louisville Boat, RV & Sportshow’s newest online offering allows show goers to pre-shop the 2010 show for the deals on boats by visiting www.LouisvilleBoatRVShow.com (begins Dec. 1).
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Attendance Up at Two FRVTA Fall RV Shows

November 10, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Turnout for a pair of regional RV shows held during the Nov. 5-8 weekend by the Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) was up dramatically, yet another indicator that the Great Recession of 2009 may finally be ebbing.

According to FRVTA officials, the Tampa Bay RV Show and the West Palm Beach Fall RV Shows both drew crowds larger than last year’s shows.

“We’re extremely encouraged by the turnout at both of these shows,” said FRVTA Marketing Director Dave Kelly. “With our busy season just beginning, we’re hoping this is a sign of things to come with the Florida RV SuperShow and all our winter regional shows.”

The Tampa Bay RV Show, held at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, drew more than 5,800 people during the four-day event, making it the best-attended show since 2006.

“We had a great show,” said Ryan Hollan of Harberson RV. “I was surprised at the number of families that came to the show. I think we’ve tapped into a new market besides just the retirees. And most of our deals didn’t involve a trade-in, so we know were also getting the first-time buyers as well.”

Across the state on the east coast, the West Palm Beach Fall RV Show was also up compared to last year with just under 3,200 visitors. Despite high winds and cloudy skies, dealers reported that people “came to shop” to the event held at the South Florida Fairgrounds.

“There were a lot of people with cameras and note pads,” commented FRVTA Director Lance Wilson. “We also had a lot of families over the weekend, so I know the dealers were happy — and I’m sure they will see a lot of these people back on their lots.”

The next show on the FRVTA calendar is the 2010 Florida RV SuperShow, January 12 (Trade Day) and January 13-17 (Public Days). For more information about the SuperShow or the other FRVTA regional shows visit www.frvta.org or call (813) 741-0488.

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