A Sunday morning ice storm temporarily put the skids on the 48th Annual New Jersey RV & Camping Show, but overall dealers were positive about the “buying mood” displayed by consumers during the Jan. 16-18 event at the New Jersey Convention Center in Edison.
The show was produced by GS Media & Events, a division of Good Sam Enterprises LLC, which owns and operates 17 recreation-focused consumer shows throughout North America, and was sponsored by the New Jersey Campground Owners Association (NJCOA) and the 2015 Camping World/Good Sam Rally.
Driftwood RV Center in Clermont, N.J., brought 17 towables to the show and sold 10 of them. Sales representative Ken Casper said most people seemed to be new to RVing, especially since they only took in three trades.
But Sunday’s ice storm took the wind out of the show’s sails.
“On Saturday there was a good vibe, a good buzz among the people. But we kind of lost that on Sunday with the lighter crowd,” he said.
Dina Hurley, president of Crossroads Trailer Sales Inc. in Newfield, N.J., added they were “very happy” with the show and the crowd was “upbeat and in a buying mood.”
“Friday was a normal first day of the show, Saturday was very busy and Sunday, with the morning ice storm, meant people were a little bit late in getting to the show but we had our normal two hours where we were very busy,” Hurley said.
Being a towables dealer, Crossroads Trailer Sales brought 12 units ranging from popups to fifth-wheels, and all sold equally well, she said.
“A lot of times you just get your ‘information gatherers.’ You know, people who were just there to spend the day or get the kids out of the house,” Hurley explained. “At this show we seemed to have buyers. They didn’t need a lot of coaxing from us. We were very pleased.”
Rick Whitney, sales manager at White Horse RV Center in Williamstown, N.J., which also has a location in Galloway, N.J., said they were pleased with the show as well. He said attendance was up and they were kept busy. The towables and motorized RV dealer brought eight units to the show.
Other dealers at the show included: Camping World of New Jersey; Dylans RV Center in Sewell and Berlin, N.J.; Garick RV in Oak Ridge, N.J.; and Hitch-RV in Turnersville, N.J. and Milford, Del.