Motorhomes on display at FMCA rally

The Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) 87th Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase drew 1,849 coaches last week to the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.

Including 70 demonstration coaches, manufacturers displayed more than 275 Class A, B and C motorhomes during the Aug. 27-30 gathering  — a larger number than recent FMCA national events.

”We had several units that moved through the show,” said Chris Lusk, FMCA events director. ”Comments were positive and everyone seemed upbeat about the commercial end.”

Display coaches were partially housed for the first time indoors in the fairground’s Champions Pavilion. Particularly popular were the indoor vendor booths. ”The supplier exhibits were crowded every day of the event,” Lusk said.

Lusk reported that the Indianapolis location may be the site of a future reunion.

”It certainly is on the prospect list for the future,” he said. ”The fairgrounds worked very well for us. There were limitations, but there are limitations at every one of our sites.”

Including people with day passes, prior to the event FMCA expected a total of 8,000 people to attend the four-day event at the sprawling 250-acre fairgrounds, although Lusk said Thursday that day-pass numbers were still being tallied.

The 88th FMCA Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase, which will mark FMCA’s 50th anniversary, will be June 19-22, 2013, in Gillette, Wyo.