One of the oldest events at Florida’s Lee Civic Center has been the annual Fort Myers RV Show, as the event marked its 33rd year last weekend, according to a report by the North Fort Myers Neighbor.

From humble beginnings, it has turned into one of the biggest RV shows in the Southeast, where 13 dealers and more than 100 vendors presented their vehicles inside and outside the civic center to show off new models, share how to enjoy lifestyle and maybe even make a sale or two along the way.

Jack Carver, show manager, said the first two days went very well, with strong traffic, thanks to a strong RV market, though the local weather – wind and threat of rain – was an event concern.

“We moved a variety coaches in a variety of sizes, including the big motorhomes to the small camping trailers. There’s something for every price range and every purse string,” Carver said. “People have been pleased with what the show has to offer.”

Steven Betten, sales consultant for North Trail RV, said these shows are a must to bring in new people.

“We’re having a great year and I think we’ll set new records. We’ve sold two or three at the start and expect to put a lot of signs up this weekend,” Betten said. “We always pick up a few leads as well. Not everyone is ready to buy the day of the show, but we develop a rapport and earn their business.”

Betten said North Trail does about 10 shows a year and visits trailer parks. A good 40% to 50% of business comes from doing shows.

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