The Progressive Insurance 18th annual Atlantic City RV Show is growing again, driven by the rebound in the recreational vehicle industry.

The Press of Atlantic City reported that the show used to fill the main hall and an additional space at Atlantic City Convention Center before the downturn, show manager Anthony Tedesco said. After the recession, it used just a portion of the main hall.

“This year we’ve sold out our booth space and filled up the entire main hall with RVs for the first time since the economy went south,” said Tedesco, of GS Media & Events. “We’ve got dealers wanting more space and we can’t accommodate them.”

He said advance ticket sales are also higher than last year, when about 14,000 visited the show.

The Atlantic City RV Show is the last in the state for preseason purchases. Tedesco said there was record attendance and strong sales at the firm’s New Jersey RV Show last month in Edison.

The RV industry rebound is also a positive indicator for the region, since the eastern section of South Jersey has the vast majority of the campgrounds in the state, with 15,000 campsites in Cape May County alone, according to the New Jersey Campground Association.

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