The interest in entering or enhancing the RV lifestyle generated at last month’s record-breaking Florida RV SuperShow in Tampa continued in a big way last week at the Jacksonville RV MegaShow.
According to the Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA), just over 9,900 folks came through the Jacksonville Equestrian Center gates during the four-day show that ended Sunday.
The Florida Times Union reported it’s the highest attendance ever recorded for the event, established in 1995 at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds. After two years, the show moved to the Prime Osborn Convention Center for one year, and then relocated in 1998 to EverBank Field’s lots before moving in 2010 to its current home.
“We had more than 4,000 people come out on Saturday alone, so we knew it was definitely going to be a record-breaking show,” said FRVTA Northeast Florida Region 6 Board President Ken Loyd. “We were also very fortunate that the weather forecast, which had called for rain just a few days before, changed and we had great weather during the entire show.”
The taste in RVs of millennials, who make up the largest segment of RV buyers today, have been steering dealerships into a different mix of inventory, which was evident at the show as well. While there were larger, high-end Class A Motorhomes at the show, there was a dominant number of conventional travel trailers and other towable RV units of all shapes and sizes.
“The travel trailers were definitely the most popular among the visitors we talked with at the show,” said Campers Inn RV General Sales Manager Greg Markovich.
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