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Detroit RV and Camper Show Reports 7 Percent Attendance Boost

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If the number of people who attended the annual Detroit Camper and RV Show is any indication, the 2015 spring and summer RV season is going to be a busy one in Michigan.

More than 22,000 people came to the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi last week to shop the newest in RVs. According to a news release from the Michigan Association of RVs and Campgrounds, attendance was 7 percent above last year and is the second largest attendance for the Detroit Camper and RV Show since 1999, which was a nine-day show.

“The show experienced record attendance Saturday and the five-day show attendance was also a new high,” said MARVAC Director Bill Sheffer. “The 49th Annual Detroit Camper & RV Show was a big success for MARVAC members. We displayed over 280 new recreation vehicles, plus booths with campground information and the latest in RV accessories and supplies.”

Dealers were enthusiastic about the number of show visitors and even more excited about the RV purchases that happened during the show.

“It was one of the best shows we have ever had,” said Larry Andree, owner of A & S RV Center, Auburn Hills, Mich.

Andree attributes their success – A & S sold 41 units at the show, ranging from larger motorhomes to entry level campers – to the combination of an improved economy, low gas prices and banks lending again.

“We were selling all sizes to all types of people,” he said. “It was a strong show.”

The RV market in general experienced a banner year in 2014 with wholesale shipments up 11.1 percent over 2013 sales, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s survey of RV manufacturers.

“It was an excellent show,” said Leon Rogers of Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Campground of Barton Lake, Fremont, Ind. “We go to many shows – six a year – and this one is the best.”

The decent weather was helpful, but according to Rogers it is more than that.

“MARVAC does a nice job putting on this show, not only for the attendees, but for the exhibitors. If you are going to do one show, this is the show to go to,” Rogers said.

MARVAC also sponsors shows in Battle Creek, Flint and Traverse City. For information on these shows, visit www.marvac.org.

The Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) is a statewide, non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging growth in the recreation vehicle and private campground industries while contributing to Michigan tourism. For more information, visit www.marvac.org. MARVAC, 2222 Association Drive, Okemos, Mich. 48864; 517.349.8881.

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