With the show more established in its second year, coupled with clear skies over its four-day run, attendance and sales were up at the second annual St. Johns County Fall RV Show that took place Oct. 9-12.

The Florida Times Union reported that more than 2,500 visitors came through the gates at the St. Johns County Fairgrounds in Elkton, Fla.  The show, which ran Oct. 9-12, is sponsored by the Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA).

“There was a crowd of people waiting at the entrance when we opened on Thursday morning, and that wasn’t the case last year,” said Joe Andrick, general manager of Dick Gore’s RV World in St. Augustine. “We saw a dramatic increase in traffic compared to our first show in 2013. I was very pleased with it. Our dealership had a 30% increase in retail sales over last year, so I was thrilled.”

Dick Gore’s RV World of St. Augustine and its other dealership in Jacksonville, along with Camping World, Ocean Grove RV Supercenter, Campers Inn and General RV Center took part in the event. The dealers showcased more than 200 new RVs of all types, and several RV campgrounds and accessory manufacturers had booths at the event.

Based on visitor feedback, the geographic reach of the show was wider this year — reflecting a mix of visitors from the area to those who drove 60 miles or more to look over the RVs and accessories. Some were already RV owners who were thinking about upgrading to newer, larger models, while others were considering an RV purchase for the first time.

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