Consumer attendance at the recently completed Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) SuperShow in Tampa was on a record pace until rain Sunday morning (Jan. 18) held down the turnout that day, according to FRVTA Marketing Director Dave Kelly.
Although final figures have not been compiled, Kelly estimated attendance at slightly more than 44,000. The show opened for retail buyers last Wednesday (Jan. 14) and concluded Sunday evening.
The total compares with a little over 41,000 during the 2003 installment of the SuperShow, when consumers were cautious because of the situation in Iraq.
The record for SuperShow attendance was set a number of years ago at almost 48,000, Kelly said.
Dealers were happy with the amount of sales and sales leads generated during the SuperShow, particularly those with displays at several locations around the Florida State Fairgrounds, Kelly said.
RV lifestyle seminar presenters Joe and Vicki Kieva reported a significant turnout of prospective first-time RV buyers, and several dealers reported robust sales of diesel pushers and other big-ticket rigs, Kelly said. There were reports of bus conversions priced in the $1.2 million to $1.4 million range being sold during the SuperShow, he added.
The RV owners rally scheduled on the fairgrounds to accommodate SuperShow attendees drew the owners of around 725 rigs. The FRVTA discouraged some last-minute rally arrivals because a construction project on the fairgrounds consumed some rally park space, Kelly said.
The record for rally attendance was around 800 rigs, he said.
There was only one folding camper owner at the rally, which suggests most of the rally attendees were owners of larger travel trailers, fifth-wheels and motorhomes who visited the SuperShow to trade for bigger rigs, Kelly said.