The 39th Annual Ohio RV Supershow, which claims to be the nation’s largest indoor RV show, more than lived up to its billing. Organizers reported that more than 50,000 people came to the IX Center Jan. 7-11 in Cleveland to see more than 700 RVs on display in the IX Center and its 1 million square feet of exhibit space.
“It was phenomenal,” said Bruce Wolfson, president of the Great Lakes Recreational Vehicle Association (GLRVA), which sponsored the show. “Last year was our biggest one ever, and this one was even bigger. We took up the entire IX Center and we sold out all our space.”
Show Chairman and All Seasons RV Center President Barry Chiron and his staff were extremely busy the day after the show. The event was such a success, he said customers were flocking to his Streetsboro, Ohio, dealership, which carries a wide variety of towable and motorized units. “It’s a good problem to have,” Chiron noted.
Joe Racolta, a territory sales manager for Forest River Inc.’s Class C division, attended the Ohio Supershow and said the event was as “busy as it has ever been.”
“Traffic was up and sales were up, and there were a lot of first-time buyers,” Racolta said.
Scott Miller, general manager of Avalon RV Center in Medina, Ohio, said it was an “amazing” show and the crowd was generally “upbeat.” The dealership brought 46 towable and motorized units from the many manufacturers it carries.
“We were swamped,” Miller said. “I attend meetings all around the country and people tell me the price of gas doesn’t affect them. Well, I can tell you in Ohio it does. We’re down around $2 a gallon and we had people looking at RVs because of it, including Class A gas motorhomes.”
Other Ohio dealers who participated in the show were: Hartville RV Center Inc. in Hartville; Jim’s Trailer Sales Inc. in Grafton; Camper Care in Edinburg; Mentor RV and Storage in Madison; Camping World RV Sales in Akron; Moores’ RV Inc. in North Ridgeville; Central Ohio Wholesalers Inc,; Kamper City in Peninsula; Ruff’s RV Center in Euclid; General RV in North Canton; and Thompson Campers, Inc. in Streetsboro.
In addition to RVs, the Ohio SuperShow featured a campground and RV supplier area, which included exhibitors and information from more than 100 campgrounds, sporting vacation areas and RV clubs and organizations from Pennsylvania, New York, Kentucky, Michigan, West Virginia and Florida. Also, entertainment was provided by the Hastily Assembled Grassroots Band and Animal Interaction Experiences from the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.