Record crowds packed the expansive Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa in mid-January for the Florida RV SuperShow. As a result, area RV dealers are preparing for a large turnout at the end of the month for the Jacksonville RV MegaShow.

As reported by the Florida Times-Union, the four-day event runs Feb. 26 through March 1 at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center.

“The Tampa Show is the nation’s largest and considered the bellwether show for the entire RV industry,” said John Schuster, general manager of Camping World Jacksonville and chairman of Region 6 Northeast Florida chapter of the Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA). “We’ve been averaging just over 10,000 at the Jacksonville MegaShow, which has been rising every year since the recession ended. Based on the showing in Tampa, we’re hopeful this is the year we break the 12,000 mark.”

In Tampa, the four-day show drew just over 63,000 people — a 10% gain over last year. According to FRVTA Marketing Director Dave Kelly, sales were so good that dealers wanted it to last a few days longer.

“We had so many attendees on opening day that I thought we were giving away gold bars,” he joked. “In reality, it’s just a defining point that the RV Industry, especially in Florida, has done an outstanding job of detailing how exciting the RV lifestyle is and the enjoyment it offers.”

Northeast Florida RV dealers are optimistic that with lower gas prices and more discretionary income available, the Jacksonville RV MegaShow will experience a similar increase in attendance.

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