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Despite three days of rain, RVIA’s 53rd Annual California RV Show, which ends Sunday (Oct. 23), has enjoyed a fairly strong turnout as well solid buyer interest, event organizers told The Press Enterprise.
And by the time the gates of Pomona’s Fairplex are closed on the 10-day event, an estimated 25,000 to 28,000 visitors will have descended on the Los Angeles suburb to see the more-than 1,800 RVs from 63 manufacturers, said show director Marsha McInnis.
The attendance numbers are a significant improvement over last year’s confab, which was hampered by much heavier rains that flooded many areas of the venue.
“(This year) the rain made it more of a nine-day show,” said Rory Smith, general sales manager for Mike Thompson’s RV in Colton, one of several dealerships that sold RVs at the event. “The customers have been positive, though.”
By mid-week, Mike Thompson’s RV was more than halfway toward meeting its goal of selling 200 units made by Riverside-based Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. at the show, Smith said.
“The last weekend is always the biggest, and we’ll make deals out of this for the next 90 days from people who weren’t quite ready today,” he said.
Retirees Tim and Pat Morano, both 60, seemed to validate Smith’s comments.
“Every year, we travel more,” said Tim Morano, who already owns a travel-trailer. “We’re looking at trading up. If we go that route, we will probably sell our house.”
McInnis said that despite concerns over gas prices, economic conditions, and national and international events, show attendees were serious about RVing.
“The customers who are here are true buyers — the ones who have planned their retirement and have their ducks in a row,” said McGinnis.