22nd-Annual-logo-2After weathering one of the toughest years in industry history, organizers of the 22nd Annual RV Manufacturers’ Show & Sale are planning a robust return to the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, Calif., on Jan. 22.

Show organizer Mike Nohr said 2008 was the worst he’s seen in his 35 years in the industry, but he’s confident that with the economy showing signs of life, RVs are on the road to recovery, according to a news release.

Nohr said the turbulent economy helped RV buyers because dealers had to work for their dollars. Weak dealers who couldn’t offer great prices were weeded out, and the rest were forced to focus on offering quality products and step-up customer service.

“The recession has been a setback, but those of us who survived are stronger than before,” Nohr said. “But make no mistake, customers are in the driver’s seat still and we’re here to make deals.”

The size of the January event — which features used and new products from more than 10 dealers — allows organizers to reduce overhead and offer deals on RVs ranging from tent trailers to land yachts. And the indoor show offers consumers hundreds of RVs to peruse.

“We know things are still tough, but the fact remains that RVing is an inexpensive vacation option,” said Shawn Nohr of GoodTimes Promotions, which oversees the 10-day event. “It’s one of those ‘buy now, save for years down the road’ situations. For those who can buy now, this show gives the most bang for their buck.”