As the top Northeast Florida RV dealerships prepare for the 2018 Jacksonville RV MegaShow, set for Feb. 8-12 at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center, they’ll be coming off one of the biggest sales years in the last decade.
The Florida Times-Union reported that the boom has been driven by a strong economy and more disposable income among consumers, along with the growth in RV popularity among millennials.
And, as a result of the industry’s popularity, there’s been expansion by area RV dealerships, resorts and RV storage facilities over the last year to keep up with customer demand.
The most visible activity can be seen from the Interstate 295 West Beltway near Wells Road in Orange Park, where General RV Center has a $3 million expansion and renovation under way.
“Our sales were up 20% last year and 35% the year before that, so all this construction is really the result of keeping up with that volume of activity to be able to serve all our customers more easily,” said General RV Operations Manager Craig Williamson.
The RV dealership now covers 22 acres, with a new building now open solely as a parts department. Renovation is under way on its main showroom and customer service area, while work is winding down on a new service facility that increases the dealer’s number of service bays from 22 to 40.
At Ocean Grove RV Sales, located on State Highway 206 in St. Augustine, the dealership purchased property a few blocks away to construct a new storage facility for its customers.
According to Ocean Grove Service Manager Joey Schneider, work began in October and is expected to be completed this summer on the property.
“Sales are really high and this area is growing, but many of the new housing developments don’t allow for RVs to be parked in their communities, so storage is something many of our customers really need,” Schneider said.
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