Exhibitors and Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) officials are pleased with the turnout of 5,854 motorhomes for the FMCA’s first rally of 2002 in Perry, Ga., March 19-21.
The gathering was the sixth largest in FMCA history and the FMCA rallies in Perry in 1996 and 1999 had bigger turnouts. “Some people were leery of the weather, it (Perry) hasn’t been the most weather-friendly location in the past,” said Jerry Yeatts, FMCA’s director of conventions and commercial services. “But the weather held up and we felt we had a very good showing.”
Fleetwood Enterprises Inc., Riverside, Calif., and Monaco Coach Corp., Coburg, Ore., were among the exhibitors happy with their sales at Perry.
Monaco conducted “pre-rallies” for owners of its Monaco, Beaver, Safari and Holiday Rambler brands in addition to participating in the FMCA event, and all went well, according to Monaco spokesman Mike Duncan.
“Sales were strong at both the various pre-rallies and the FMCA event, especially for high-end coaches, which is typical for an FMCA event,” Duncan said. “Our dealers retailed over 300 coaches total, across all brands, including the pre-rallies.
“In general, the mood of attendees was outstanding,” Duncan continued. “Our dealers are very upbeat about the remainder of the spring and summer.”
Meanwhile, Fleetwood, which exhibited only diesel pushers at the FMCA event, reports a 230% increase in sales versus the FMCA spring rally in 2001, said John Ables, director of marketing for the RV Group.
“Fleetwood had four dealers working our display and our booth was very active compared to last year,” Ables said. “The buyers were very interested in new product changes and over 2,000 couples came through the booth.
“Many of these (motorhome) owners are planning to purchase in the near future,” Ables continued. “Some current owners said they want to see the stock market stabilize more before they trade-in their current unit.”
The next FMCA gathering will be its 68th Premier International Motorhome Extravaganza Oct. 1-3 in Hutchinson, Kan.
Next year, the FMCA spring rally will be in Pomona, Calif., March 21-23.