Despite reporting a modest drop in attendance, officials reported that the 7th annual Spring Hall of Fame RV Show, which took place May 2-5 at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind., enjoyed a good amount of success as retail sales were largely the same compared to last year.
Matt Rose, director of recreation vehicles with Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council (RVIC), said the event’s seven dealers were for the most part pleased with the retail activity, adding that travel trailers, fifth-wheels and Class C motorhomes seemed to be the more popular segments among consumers.
Participating dealers included International RV of Elkhart, Indiana RV Connection of Middlebury, D. Showalter RV of Nappanee, Royal Motors of Middlebury, Goshen RV Supercenter, Tiara RV of Elkhart, and Total Value RV of Elkhart.
Rose mentioned that attendance was likely down due to inclement weather the first couple of days as well as the venue’s change in location. In years past the show has been located along the toll road immediately east of the RV/MH Hall of Fame. This year, however, that location was unavailable — the area is being prepped for rally grounds and a pavilion — so Rose was forced to relocate the Spring RV Show to an adjacent field.
“It was unfortunate we had to move the show, but at the same time we’re looking forward to the new venue next to the Hall of Fame,” Rose said. “We’re told it should be done in time for our next RV show, which is the Midwest RV Super Show in mid August.”