Attendance at this year’s Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) Convention/Expo in Orlando totaled 1,400 to 1,500 people, which equaled or was slightly below last year’s figure, said Phil Ingrassia, communications director of the RVDA.
Last year’s con/expo was in Las Vegas, which usually draws more attendees, Ingrassia said.
The number of RV dealers attending was not available.
Next year’s con/expo will return to Las Vegas and con/expo in 2002 will be in Nashville, Ingrassia added.
Some exhibitors, particularly RV manufacturers, said they were disappointed in the number of dealers at the show.
Most displays by RV industry OEMs were small, including one or two units.
Apparently no new units were introduced during con/expo. The manufacturers generally said they brought units to display for the benefit of dealers from the Southeast, who were unable to attend dealer meetings last summer in other parts of the country.
Other manufacturers said they exhibited at con/expo to show support for the RVDA.
Somewhat of a surprise to many exhibitors was the fact market share leader Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. did not exhibit at this year’s con/expo.