Attendance climbed 6% to 7% at this year’s Florida RV Supershow in Tampa and consumers attitudes were “excellent, the best I’ve seen in a long time,” said Lance Wilson, executive director of the Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA), sponsors of the event.
This year’s Supershow, which was open to the buying public Jan. 16-20, drew around 46,000 people, compared with 43,000 a year earlier, Wilson said.
“Our guys (dealers belonging to FRVTA) had a pretty rough time last year,” Wilson said. “But we’re seeing steady progress.”
Although the FRVTA does not gather retail sales figures from dealers participating in the Supershow, Wilson said the anecdotal evidence points to sales being better this year than last year. For example, Wilson said he heard about a motorhome dealer who sold 28 coaches during this year’s Supershow, versus 18 sold a year earlier.
Retail prices and dealer profit margins also held-up during the Supershow, Wilson said.
Meanwhile, the FRVTA members participating in the Supershow reported that “they sold product at a fairly good clip the week before the show,” Wilson added.