The Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) reported steady traffic and sales during recent back-to-back RV shows held in Flint and Novi.
MARVAC said the 33rd Annual Flint Camper & RV Show, held February 5-8 at the Perani Arena & Event Center, experienced a 25% increase in attendance.
Attendance was down 10% at the Feb. 11-15 43rd Annual Detroit Camper & RV Show in Novi, but MARVAC reported that dealers were impressed by the “promising RV buyers who attended the shows.” Local banks and credit unions were on hand to make retail financing available for consumers.
“It’s possible that people who wouldn’t have purchased an RV in the past are now,” said Dave Rochette, Westland Camping Center. “Despite the poor economy, people are motivated to spend recreational time with family, and camping remains an affordable way to do that.”
MARVAC Director Bill Sheffer was encouraged by the upbeat mood of visitors.
“It’s been a difficult economic year in Michigan and to see the number of potential buyers and camping enthusiasts at both shows helps bring the whole industry’s attitude up a level,” Sheffer said.