With what was described as perfect weather, 1,135 coaches owners booked into the Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) 91st Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase that ended Sunday (March 29) at the Fairplex in Pomona, Calif.
”It was a little smaller than normal in numbers, but the enthusiasm was higher,” said Jerry Yeatts, executive director of the Cincinnati-based motorcoach owners association.
The 480-acre Fairplex, home of the Los Angeles County Fair, is considered one of the premier RV show and rally venues on the West Coast. The Fairplex underwent major renovations since FMCA last visited in 2008, including the addition of an 85,000-square-foot conference center and the removal of some old barns and buildings.
That allowed for a more compact rally, according to Yeatts. The conference center was the home to 300-plus vendors offering a variety of RV-related products and services.
In addition to 310 motorhomes displayed by dealers and manufacturers at Pomona, there was a good walk-in gate, Yeatts said. ”We sold more daily passports than we usually do,” he reported.
Among California dealers displaying motorhomes in Pomona were Paul Evert’s RV Country, Giant RV Super Store, Mike Thompson RV Super Stores, Holland RV Centers and Outlaw Conversions/Emerald Luxury Coaches.
Brands on display included American Coach, Fleetwood, Monaco, Holiday Rambler, Newmar, Tiffin, Roadtrek, Pleasure-Way, Entegra, Jayco and Winnebago.
FMCA’s next major rally, the 92nd Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase, is set for July 29 to Aug. 1 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis., which the organization last visited in 2011.
”Typically we get better attendance at the East Coast and Midwest events,” Yeatts said. ”Some families will make it a vacation spot and stay in the area for awhile.”