Strong attendance and robust sales activity highlighted the 62nd California RV Show, Oct. 10-19 at the Fairplex in Pomona.
RVIA Today Express reported that total attendance at the 10-day retail event was 33,269 attendees, a 15% jump over the 28,894 attendees last year.
“The show got off to a strong start during our opening weekend with more than 18,000 attendees on hand, and we just saw a steady rise in our gate throughout the rest of the show,” said Tom Gaither, western show director for the host Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). “What is even more encouraging than the attendance figures was the high level of business activity and the strong interest among consumers about RV travel and camping.”
“We had our best California RV Show ever. It was obvious that people are upbeat, excited and ready to RV again. There weren’t the worries we’ve seen that last several years about the economy and the affordability concerns of buying an RV. People were coming to the show ready to buy,” said Nick Morgan, vice president of RV Spa in Upland and RV Ready in Temecula. “We had a wide range of customers from across the board from young families to retirees. And, they were buying all product types with our high-line fifth wheels drawing a little stronger interest.”
“In speaking with manufacturer and dealers, everyone was very happy with the sales activity and the positive attitudes of consumers,” said Bob Parish, RVIA’s first vice chairman and GE Capital’s vice president of manufacturer relations. “Sales were running stronger than last year, which was very good, and there was activity at all price points. By any measure, it was a great show.”
The California RV Show is the largest event of its kind on the West Coast with exhibit space totaling 800,000 square feet and 1,200 RVs on display.
RVIA will debut a Spring California RV Show, taking place from April 15 -19 at the Fairplex. The 63rd California RV Show is set for Oct. 9–18, also at the Fairplex.