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Early-Season RV Shows Off to Strong Start

January 19, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

RV enthusiasts flocked to shows all over the country last week, including the 21st Annual Colorado RV Adventure Travel Show, 81st Annual Chicago Boat, RV, & Outdoors Show and the 25th Annual Washington Camping RV Expo.

The shows set up in Denver, Chicago and Chantilly, Va., filling the venues with 2011 Class A, B and C motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth-wheels, toy haulers, truck campers and tent trailers, as well as information on campgrounds, RV and camping accessories and entertainment.

All three shows reported impressive sales and steady high attendance, leading many to look forward to strong post-recession RV sales, according to a news release.

According to Dianne Seymour, show manager of the Colorado RV Adventure Travel Show, “The show was a great success. All of the RV dealers sold above and beyond what they had anticipated, with people coming to the show ready to buy.”

Jim Humble of Windish RV Center, agreed. “It was a fantastic show for us and it more than exceeded our expectations. We are up 45% in unit sales over last year and look forward to doing it again next year.”

According to Regional Manager Vilma Fraguada, “The success of the dealers at the Colorado RV Adventure Show validates earlier comments by RVIA that the RV industry is recovering from the recession. Consumer confidence continues to rise and the number of qualified buyers at the show makes that evident.”

At the same time, the Chicago RV Pavilion at the Chicago Boat, RV, & Outdoors Show had a similar positive turnout. John Slick of Collier RV Center said, “The turnout was phenomenal with better than expected attendance. We were overwhelmed, yet pleasantly surprised, by all the excited and enthusiastic attendee traffic.”

Chicago RV Pavilion Show Manager Harry Lutz, concurred. “The attendance was great and our dealers sold a lot of product. We received many compliments and are excited to see how the rest of show season goes.”

At the Washington Camping RV Expo, Show Manager Dave Body said, “The attendance was strong, comparable to our banner show last year, but with an increased amount of selling. The attendees were happy, the dealers were pleased and many of the campgrounds ran out of literature early each day.”

Robert Lentz, sales manager at Chesaco RV, agreed. “Since the show this past weekend, we’ve had a tremendous amount of direct responses through phones calls, appointments, and customer activity on our lot. The show definitely helped get our name out and we are more than pleased with the results.”

Affinity Events welcomes RV enthusiasts to get ready for the great outdoors with upcoming RV shows in Edison, N.J.; Kansas City, Mo.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Richmond, Va.; Atlantic City, N.J.; Denver, Colo.; Providence, R.I.; Greenville, S.C.; Raleigh, N.C.; and Albuquerque, N.M. These shows will feature a variety of RVs, campground information and accessories along with expert advice and entertainment.

Visit www.agievents.com for information about upcoming consumer shows, exhibitor lists and discounted online tickets to the shows.

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Denver, Chantilly Shows Note Good Attendance

January 21, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Photo taken at recent RV show in Colorado

Photo taken at recent RV show in Colorado

RV enthusiasts turned out in better than expected numbers last week at the 20th Annual Colorado RV Adventure Travel Show as well as the 24th Annual Washington Camping RV Expo, sponsored by GEICO, according to a press release.

The shows rolled into Denver and Chantilly last week, filling the respective venues with new 2010 Class A, B and C motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth-wheels, toy haulers, truck campers and tent trailers, as well as campgrounds, RV and camping accessories and entertainment.

Both shows reported strong sales and significantly increased attendance over 2009 – a 28% increase in Denver and 65% increase in Chantilly – leading many to question if the recession had indeed abated.

According to Dianne Seymour, show manager of the Colorado RV Adventure Travel Show, “Attendees were lining up at the doors each morning, and we had quite a crowd that stayed until the show’s end every night. People were clearly excited about the RV lifestyle and eager to see what the dealers and exhibitors were offering.”

Jim Humble, general manager of Windish RV, said, “It was a fantastic show. This year, we sold double the units we sold last year. This was a quality crowd that was here to buy. We are just thrilled.”

Chris Sach of RV America concurred, “The show absolutely exceeded our expectations. Sales were very strong and we sold a lot of units, many more than last year. Sales of high-end fifth-wheels were especially strong.”

Numbers at the Washington Camping RV Expo were at an all-time high. Thom Beckley, of Endless Summer RV, marveled, “The crowd on Friday was phenomenal as far as number of attendees. At one point, we had 35 people inside one of our RVs with another 30-40 lined up outside, and that is something we don’t typically see. This definitely looks good for the upcoming season.”

Jeff Haughton, Eastern vice president, regional manager of Affinity Events, added, “We are very excited to see large crowds at these early shows. This demonstrates that there is a solid demand in RVs for 2010.”

Affinity Events will welcome RV enthusiasts to get ready for the great outdoors with upcoming RV shows in Edison, N.J.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Charlotte, N.C.; Providence, R.I.; and Raleigh, N.C. These shows will feature a variety of RVs, campground information and accessories along with expert advice and entertainment.

Affinity Group Inc. (AGI) is the parent company of Affinity Events and RVBUSINESS.com.

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