The horde has again descended on Quartzsite, Ariz., a former gold mining town that annually hosts what is commonly billed as the “the largest gathering of RVers in the nation.”
The nine-day Quartzsite RV Show, which closes out on Sunday (Jan. 28), is back to “the good old days,” according to Curt Curtis, owner of multilocation dealer Paul Evert’s RV which has served as the show’s exclusive dealer since 2000.
“The traffic is unbelievable,” Curtis told RVBUSINESS.com. “If you’re trying to get here by car it will take you an hour to go a mile. It’s back to where we were before the economy took a dive. There’s a really good vibe with consumers — stocks are up, interest rates are low, and people have more disposable income and they’re spending it. So it’s good time to be in the RV business.”
Curtis said that Fresno, Calif.-based Paul Evert’s, which has grown to eight stores in five states, has around 250 units centrally located at the show around a massive tent where 530-plus vendors set up displays — a huge draw for RVers.
“Our display sits on around two acres, and we see unbelievable traffic throughout the show,” he related. “Once that tent opens, it never stops. We have a full staff here including PDI personnel and service techs. This is by far our biggest and most important show of the year.”
Curtis said that the dealership is on track to sell 130-plus units at Quartzsite, representing a 10% increase from last year’s show. “It’s really been a great mix,” he said “We’ve been selling lots of toy haulers, bigger fifth-wheels, and gas and diesel motorhomes — both new and used. We’re not seeing too many travel trailer buyers. It’s just not that kind of show.”
The Quartzite Show, founded and managed by Kenny King, takes advantage of the area’s attraction to snowbirds as the Arizona Bureau of Land Management (BLM) permits camping on a huge tract of land in the Sonora Desert for six months of the year.
“People have been coming to the area for a long time,” King told RVBUSINESS.com. “It’s really ideal for boondocking, especially during the winter. That’s a big reason the show took off and is still going strong.”