Nine dealers bought space at Washington state’s Tacoma RV Show five years ago. This year, there are 15.

The News Tribune reported that recent editions of the show have been held inside the Tacoma Dome arena. This year, the arena and the exhibition hall are both full – full of motorhomes and towable RVs.

“The stock market is good, home prices are rising, Baby Boomers are retiring and the RV economy is surging forward,” said Jeff Swenson, show manager, on Thursday morning. The 31st annual Tacoma show runs through  Sunday.

“The RV market is back,” Swenson said. “The cycle is on the upswing. Manufacturers are producing more units. Dealers are carrying more lines. Retirees are coming back, looking at ‘heavy iron.’”

This year, Swenson and organizers O’Loughlin Trade Shows  turned down two dealers who wanted to buy space. There was none left.

“It’s gotten better every year, the number of people and sales,” said Jim Hardy, general manager at Paul Evert’s RV Country and a 35-year veteran in the industry.

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