The Southwest RV Supershow, produced by the Texas Recreational Vehicle Association (TRVA), reported a 15% increase in attendance compared with the 2010. The event ran Sept. 15-18 at the Dallas Market Hall.
“We don’t judge our annual Southwest RV Supershow by attendance alone,” Ed Wilkins, TRVA state show chair, said in a press release. “Our goal is to create a major stage for RV enthusiasts to meet the best of North Texas’ RV dealers, see the latest models, learn about the lifestyle and if ready, buy at special show pricing. From all indications both dealers and consumers considered the show one of the best in years.”
Clark McEwen, executive director of TRVA added, “Despite national economic concerns and high fuel prices, every type of RV, from $6,000 popups to $800,000 diesel buses was purchased during the four-day show.”
TRVA said that dealers offered strong reviews about the show. Comments included:
• Jeff White, RV-Max, noted, “Definitely the best Southwest RV Supershow we have ever participated in.”
• Scott Chaney at ExploreUSA RV Supercenter reported, “We had a good show and felt the traffic was strong. It was even better than 2010 … higher-end fifth wheels were our best sellers this year.”
• Motorhome dealer Kevin Ketner wrote, “Anicra RV decided early on to really do an outstanding job with our internal marketing (efforts) …banners, signage, giveaways, uniforms and a massive showing of 42 motorhomes in the event. The crowd was plentiful and abundant with buyers that we will be working for months to come. With multiple motorhome sales, our staff was very excited and especially pumped about our results.”
• “Overall, this year’s show was a success for McClains RV SuperStores,” Nate McClain observed. “The traffic was definitely up for the 2011 show compared to 2010. Many of the families seemed to be first-time lookers or investigating the RV lifestyle for their future.”
Mary Claire Campos, TRVA director of special events, noted that show vendors remained busy throughout the show selling RV related services and accessories.
Vendor Travel EASY Decks by JnK Innovations, LLC , said, “We totally enjoyed the show. Tons of people came to see the full halls and parking lots of Market Hall. Thanks for organizing a successful show.”
The event has seen attendance increases along with strong sales for the last three years.