After 15 years in Brooksville, Fla., one of the largest annual RV owners groups in the nation has moved its annual conclave south, bringing 900 or more giant recreational vehicles and their owners into town for a few days of fun in the sun.

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported that while some members have been plugged in at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds since Monday, the main days for the event are Wednesday (Feb. 11) through Saturday. Visitors are welcome: General admission is $15 per person.

Not counting tire-kickers, the event will bring in roughly 2,000 RVers, said Jim Duncan, who heads of the Southeast Chapter of the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA), as he stood outside his own sleek black Class A motorhome.

“We pump a ton of money into a community,” Duncan said. He estimated that his members alone will plunk down $1 million or so during the week for restaurant food, drinks and sundries.

On top of that is the money already being taken in by seven RV dealers who have set up shop at the fairgrounds to build rapport with the mostly affluent crowd that shows up for this annual event.

“The market is back, property values are back, people are comfortable now and they are spending money,” said John Wicks, a salesman for North Trail RV Center of Fort Myers, one of those with rows of motor homes on display.

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