Photo taken at recent RV show in Colorado

Photo taken at recent RV show in Colorado

RV enthusiasts turned out in better than expected numbers last week at the 20th Annual Colorado RV Adventure Travel Show as well as the 24th Annual Washington Camping RV Expo, sponsored by GEICO, according to a press release.

The shows rolled into Denver and Chantilly last week, filling the respective venues with new 2010 Class A, B and C motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth-wheels, toy haulers, truck campers and tent trailers, as well as campgrounds, RV and camping accessories and entertainment.

Both shows reported strong sales and significantly increased attendance over 2009 – a 28% increase in Denver and 65% increase in Chantilly – leading many to question if the recession had indeed abated.

According to Dianne Seymour, show manager of the Colorado RV Adventure Travel Show, “Attendees were lining up at the doors each morning, and we had quite a crowd that stayed until the show’s end every night. People were clearly excited about the RV lifestyle and eager to see what the dealers and exhibitors were offering.”

Jim Humble, general manager of Windish RV, said, “It was a fantastic show. This year, we sold double the units we sold last year. This was a quality crowd that was here to buy. We are just thrilled.”

Chris Sach of RV America concurred, “The show absolutely exceeded our expectations. Sales were very strong and we sold a lot of units, many more than last year. Sales of high-end fifth-wheels were especially strong.”

Numbers at the Washington Camping RV Expo were at an all-time high. Thom Beckley, of Endless Summer RV, marveled, “The crowd on Friday was phenomenal as far as number of attendees. At one point, we had 35 people inside one of our RVs with another 30-40 lined up outside, and that is something we don’t typically see. This definitely looks good for the upcoming season.”

Jeff Haughton, Eastern vice president, regional manager of Affinity Events, added, “We are very excited to see large crowds at these early shows. This demonstrates that there is a solid demand in RVs for 2010.”

Affinity Events will welcome RV enthusiasts to get ready for the great outdoors with upcoming RV shows in Edison, N.J.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Charlotte, N.C.; Providence, R.I.; and Raleigh, N.C. These shows will feature a variety of RVs, campground information and accessories along with expert advice and entertainment.

Affinity Group Inc. (AGI) is the parent company of Affinity Events and RVBUSINESS.com.