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RVIA logoEditor’s Note: The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) today (Dec. 2) released attendance figures and comments from key industry leaders on the opening day of the 47th Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky. Here are excerpts from RVIA’s day 1 perspectives:

Day one RV show attendance was up 1.2% from 2008, according to RVIA registration data. Attendance was 7,508 on day one this year, compared to 7,421 last year. Individual dealer registrants were down 2.8%. The number of total dealerships registered will be available in the week following the show’s conclusion.

Selected Comments

“Last year the dealers were down in the mullygrubs — that’s an Alabama term for down low. This year, dealers are getting more retail financing, their customers are more upbeat. Everything is more upbeat this year.” — Bob Tiffin, president, Tiffin Motor Homes Inc.

Traffic is up. We wrote more orders in the morning than we did in three days last year. Dealers are very optimistic.” — Ned Collins, CEO, A-Liner

“The show is smaller, but the manufacturers and dealers who are here are very optimistic. We’ve added two new product lines. Everyone feels we’ve hit bottom and we’re on our way up.” — Jim McAlpin, president, Grand Am RV

“Last year, dealers were in a financial meltdown, but this year it’s a lot different. Dealers are feeling very optimistic.”  — Ron Fenech, president, Keystone RV Co.

“We came to the show to build brand awareness and that’s certainly what we’re doing. We’re off to a great start.” — Tessa Shidler, Rep., BR Wholesale