Promoters for the 46th Annual RV Super Show in Oklahoma City reported big crowds and strong sales as attendance during the first two days of the event grew 20% while the last two weekend days both posted records.
“I have to tell you, we could not be more pleased,” said Sheril Vergara, of RH Power & Associates Inc. “We try to make it a family event because we’re seeing more and more people from younger age brackets. And we’re seeing families not just with children, but with younger children, too. So we tried to have something for everyone – and I’m not just talking the RVs, although we certainly had a selection of RVs that families were interested in. But we had things like face painting and bounce houses so that everyone had fun. It was such a joy to see the smiles on their faces.”
The show featured about 250 units on display inside and outside the venue, which is undergoing a massive building project that limited the five participating dealers to three buildings. In addition, the sold-out show featured a number of seminars and vendors as well as a tow vehicle display from Bob Howard Chevrolet and a power sports display by Oklahoma Honda-Suzuki. Additional sponsors included Comfort Inn and Pilot/Flying J while Boots & Britches provided entertainment.
“People aren’t coming to the show just to shop for RVs,” Vergara said. “Camping is supposed to be fun for the whole family, and that’s what we try to do with the show.”
Barry Bender, owner of RV General Store, with locations in Oklahoma City and Norman, said the crowds were great, there were plenty of buyers and the good weather coupled with the good economy all added up to “one of our best ever shows for sales.”
“It was a good mix of people – there were definitely more younger people than, say, 10 or 15 years ago – and it was a good mix of product that was sold,” Bender said, adding that everything ranging from entry-level travel trailers to mid-priced motorhomes were popular.
The show was part of an overall good start to the year thus far, Bender said. In a few months, the dealership’s two locations – each situated on around two acres – will consolidate on a 20-acre spread in a growing area southwest of Oklahoma City. The dealership will occupy half of the property, with the other half slated for future development.
“We’ll be right next door to a Wal-Mart Supercenter and right on I-44, the main east-west highway through Oklahoma,” Bender said. Each current location is highly congested, so everyone is looking forward to “spreading out a bit,” he added.
“We’ll be able to have more product on display, and we’ll probably be bringing in some other products,” Bender said. “It’s going to be nice to sell something and not have to move three units just to get it out.”
Other Oklahoma dealers participating in the show included Lewis RV Center in Oklahoma City, McClain’s RV Superstores in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma RV Center in Moore and RV Connection Inc. in Lawton.