Attendance was up 20-25% from previous years at Indiana’s 52nd annual Fort Wayne RV and Camping Show, which took place at the Memorial Coliseum Feb. 2-5.
The show featured nine RV dealers from around the state, with 150 brand new RVs for sale, along with representatives from 25 area campgrounds.
“It’s a buyers marketplace,” said show director Mark Bowersox, who also serves as executive director for the Indiana Manufactured Housing Association-Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council (IMHA-RVIC). “They can look at what they want and see what they like from one dealer. They can go across to the next dealer and compare models, and colors, and floor plans, and of course pricing, so it’s a great opportunity for people to come and buy.”
And the massive jump in attendance from last year’s show was particularly encouraging for Bowersox.
“That’s a good sign for the RV industry in particular, but also it’s a sign that the economy has stabilized and strengthened,” he said.
Unfortunately, the high number of people coming through the show didn’t translate into increased sales for one vendor.
Hank Schrock, owner of Total Value RV in Elkhart, said he had sold one RV during this year’s show, with another two going through financing. They usually sell six or seven RVs during the four-day show.
“This year’s slowed down a little bit,” said Schrock. “We expect more (sales), but we will get some residual from the show, people coming to the dealership.”