The Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) successfully wrapped up the 20th Annual Fall Detroit Camper & RV Show in Novi, Mich., at the Rock Financial Showplace on Oct. 4 with a 40% increase in attendance, making the show the best attended fall show since 2003.
“Many dealers noted a significant amount of first time RV show visitors who showed interest in everything, including diesel pusher motorhomes,” MARVAC reported in its current newsletter. “Campground representatives with booths in the show reported a surprising number of visitors who actually made reservations for next season. The parts and accessories section also received an abundance of traffic, with special interest in new satellite and Internet reception products specifically.”
MARVAC Director Bill Sheffer was encouraged by the upbeat mood of visitors. “It’s been a difficult economic year, especially in Michigan, and to see the number of potential buyers and camping enthusiasts at this year’s show helps bring the whole industry’s attitude up a level.”
The Fall Detroit Camper & RV Show featured over 200 new recreation vehicles on display including folding campers, motorhomes, travel trailers, truck campers and fifth wheel travel trailers. The show also featured booths showcasing parts and accessories, campground information, on site RV financing, RV rentals, an outdoor display of new RVs and a special “green” RV display sponsored by General RV and Winnebago.
Meanwhile, the association elected the following officers for the upcoming year:
- President Jon Caswell, Caswell RV.
- Vice President Gene Cronin Sr., Forest River Inc.
- Treasurer Scott Dodge, General RV Center.
- Secretary Dave Haylett, Haylett North Country Auto & RV.
The complete 2009-2010 MARVAC board of directors consists of: Caswell; Cronin; Doyle Dennings, Covenant Hills Camp; Dodge; Haylett; Dave Rochette, Westland Camping Center; Bob Rohn, Lake of Dreams; Derek Watson, Nature & Me RV; and Jerry Weller, Assurant Solutions.