Dealers were “very, very pleased” with their sales during the Southwest RV Supershow in Dallas, Sept. 12-15, and they are optimistic about the next four to five years for the industry, said Clark McEwen, executive director of the Texas Recreation Vehicle Association (TRVA).
“Bigger, more expensive units (both motorhomes and towables) were moving very well at the show,” he added.
Dealers are optimistic both near and long-term because of “the trend to travel more in this country and to fly less,” McEwen added.
The 19 dealers participating in the supershow show and other exhibitors fully occupied both halls of the 200,000-square-foot Dallas Market Hall. Additionally, 300 units were displayed outdoors, twice the number that was shown outdoors in 2001, McEwen said.
“We sold more 10X10 booths than we ever had, we had a 75% increase,” he added.
Over 10,000 people paid to visit the show including people who traveled from Oklahoma, Louisiana and distant parts of Texas, according to McEwen.
The possibility of the U.S. going to war against Iraq did not have a negative impact on show attendees, McEwen said. “If we worried about every threat, we’d never move forward,” he added.