There’s no time like the middle of winter to stage an RV show indoors.

“RV dealers stay very busy during warm months, but nobody wants to go out and look at RVs on a lot when it’s five degrees outside,” said Matt Rose, director of recreation vehicles for the Indiana Manufactured Housing Association-Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council IMHA-RVIC, which oversees the Fort Wayne RV Show running Jan. 29 through Feb. 1 at the Memorial Coliseum.

Beyond that, those would-be RV customers are most likely to be stuck indoors instead of traveling when temperatures drop and snow flies.

As reported by the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, those weather-bound shoppers will have an enormous range of choices available at the show. Eight RV dealers are likely to bring nearly 300 RVs to Memorial Coliseum, according to Rose. “It’s a great place for buyers to compare features and floorplans from a variety of manufacturers,” he said.

Rose expects this to be a big year at the show. After years of slow recovery from the Great Recession, consumer confidence appears to have finally rebounded. Rose notes that unemployment is falling, gas prices have dropped, interest rates remain low and the stock market continues a general rise over the course of the last six years. The national index of consumer confidence compiled by the Conference Board supports that optimism: It has risen from about 30 in early 2009 to 92.6 last month.

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