Mild weather, receptive hosts and a picturesque New England setting helped draw 7,422 motorhomes to the Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) 37th Annual Summer Grand International Convention in Brunswick, Maine.

The FMCA’s “Back to Maine” convention took place Aug. 18-20, and, by all accounts, attracted the largest number of RVs to one location in the history of the industry.

The previous FMCA record, arguably the largest motorhome confab in history prior to Brunswick, was set in 1998 at a Las Cruces, N.M., convention.

About 6,200 coaches at the event were owned by FMCA members; the rest were there for commercial displays and test drives hosted by exhibiting motorhome manufacturers.

The exhibiting manufacturers’ experiences in Maine ranged from “unsensational” to “incredibly positive.” Reporting the best sales results were high-end motorhome builders, who, generally speaking, have out-performed the lower priced gas motorhome makers.

The convention, most agreed, seemed suggest “business as usual,” perhaps, signaling a “soft landing” for the economy.