Sales and attendance were up at the Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) Southeast Area Rally in Brooksville, Fla., last week, according to the St. Petersburg Times.
The owners of 2,057 motorhomes attended the gathering, which began last Wednesday (Feb. 4) and concluded Sunday morning (Feb. 8), the newspaper reported.
The event took place at the Hernando County Airport in Brooksville, a community about 40 miles north of Tampa.
Twenty-two motorhome dealerships and 220 other vendors, selling everything from over-the-road accessories to barbecued ribs, also participated.
“Sales are up,” said George Schipper, the FMCA’s vice president of the Southeast. “I haven’t had one vendor who said he’s had a bad time. Everybody’s been pleased. The economy’s up and they feel good.”
In addition to the motorhome owners, another 835 people paid $4 each to visit the rally last Wednesday. There were 1,312 people who paid to visit the next day (Feb. 5), and 982 on Friday (Feb. 6). The figures for each of those days represents an increase of 200 when compared with the same days at the 2003 version of the event, Schipper told the newspaper.
The FMCA’s next International Convention will be in Albuquerque, N.M., March 16-18. Next year, the FMCA’s Southeast Area will host the association’s spring international convention in Perry, Ga., March 22-24.
Consequently, Schipper believes next year’s area rally in Brooksville, which is only a few hundred miles from Perry and will occur a few weeks prior to the event in Perry, will break the previous record of 2,770 coaches, set in 1999.
Next year’s FMCA convention in Perry is expected to attract the owners of around 7,000 motorhomes, Schipper said.