The Greater Philadelphia RV Show enjoyed strong sales and growing interest from new and relatively new RV buyers, continuing a prevailing trend in this year’s early RV show circuit.
The show was held Feb. 28 to March 3 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa., one of the largest facilities on the East Coast offering almost 240,000 square feet of exhibition space.
Andrew Talento, show manager since the event began in the late 1980’s, told RVBUSINESS.com it was a very strong show that surpassed attendance each day except on March 3.
“We attribute that to the weather forecasting that scared people off,” Talento said, noting Oaks is the third location for the dealer-owned show in the last five years. “We had rain and snow. Oftentimes it is the weather forecast more than the actual weather that hurts us.”
“We are always a strong selling show,” he added. “We have grown to the point where I don’t have any more bulk space for vendors to sell — I wish I did. We have the whole building sold out. We are looking to expand a little bit next year. They have added a small hall that will give us some more square footage, but I don’t know how much because I haven’t seen the floorplan.”
Scot Ash, general manager of Shady Maple RV in Blue Ball, Pa. offered, “We didn’t have a ton of first-time buyers. I would say more middle-aged buyers. We saw a lot of first time researchers, especially on Sunday, more younger people than in past years.”
“We had decent sales. The final day we had more residuals and more to come this weekend. It is always crazy the week after.”
The “showstopper” for Shady Maple RV was the Forest River Vibe 26 RK, a travel trailer with a rear kitchen, three large windows in the living room and a custom full-bedroom closet.
Both dealers said that the smaller units seem to be in trend, along with units playing to a more to the younger, more budget-minded crowd.
Dave Keller, VP of Indian Valley Camping Center in Souderton, Pa., said that the Little Guy teardrop trailer also was popular with showgoers.
“Small trailers are definitely hot right now,” Keller related. “We take a variety and everything did pretty well. This week is going to be very busy.”