RV dealers reported sales were brisk during the opening days of the California RV Show that is in progress now east of Los Angeles, according to The Press-Enterprise newspaper of Riverside, Calif.
The reason retail sales are holding up is because “people are upbeat about the RV lifestyle,” said Louk Nienhuis, director of sales at Mike Thompson’s RV Super Stores, a company with dealership locations in Colton, Fountain Valley and Santa Fe Springs, Calif.
The show takes place at the Fairplex in Pomona, Calif., and it is sponsored by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), the trade association representing RV manufacturers and their suppliers.
The “Pomona Show” opened last Friday (Oct. 12), and attendance was down 3% through Sunday (Oct. 14) to 13,938 visitors, according to Marsha McInnis, show director.
However, dealers said lower prices and interest rates encouraged show attendees to buy, according to the Press-Enterprise.
For example, during the first few days of the Pomona show, Richardson’s RV Centers, a dealership with locations in Riverside, Sun City and Temecula, Calif., sold five of the seven Rage’N RVT toybox units that it brought to the show, said Richard Blanton, repo/transportation manager for the dealership.
The Rage’N RVT is built by the National RV subsidiary of National RV Holdings Inc., Perris, Calif.
The Pomona Show will continue through Sunday (Oct. 21).