The Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) is again looking for record crowds at the 33rd Annual Florida RV SuperShow Jan. 17-21 at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. Last year’s attendance of 70,528 topped the previous year by more than 7,500.
”What we are hearing and from what they did at the Hershey Show and at several of our fall shows in Florida, we are anticipating huge crowds this year,” Dave Kelly, marketing director for FRVTA, told RVBUSINESS.com.
There’s one caveat.
”We’re so dependent on weather conditions. If we get good weather, we’ll hit those numbers easily,” said FRVTA President Lance Wilson, adding that the strength the RV industry showed throughout 2017 bodes well for the SuperShow and the industry as a whole going into 2018.
”There’s no question about it,” Wilson said. ”Everything’s moving in the right direction. There’s a lot of positivity out there.”
With more than 1 million square feet of show space, organizers anticipate that more than 1,500 RVs will be on display and about 450 vendors will offer a variety of services, equipment and supplies. A trade-only day is scheduled for Jan. 16.
”The manufacturers love to come to the show because of its timing,” Wilson said. ”The public is there and there are a lot of sales made.
”The SuperShow gives manufacturers an idea of what to look for in the upcoming spring and the end of summer as far as what kind of sales are going to take place,” he added. ”It’s kind of a bellwether for the industry.”
Besides the display coaches, about 800 RVers are expected to attend a rally at the fairgrounds during the show that gives them free attendance during the show along with other amenities.
”We did some tweaking on the seminars and entertainment a little bit,” Kelly said. ”And we also renewed the two-day pass so the public will have two full days to see everything at no additional cost.”
The theme of the 2018 SuperShow: ”Wherever You Roam, You’re Always At Home.” Seminar subjects will include full-timing and extended-stay RVing, basic RV maintenance, weight and tire issues, generator maintenance and guided RV tours.