The Michigan Association of RVs and Campgrounds reported a 16.5 percent increase in attendance for its 50th Detroit Camper & RV Show.
“This past weekend was the best Detroit Camper & RV Show attendance in the Novi venues’ history,” acknowledged Bill Sheffer, show director. The annual Detroit Camper & RV Show has been located in Novi since 1994, beginning at the Novi Expo Center and then moving to the Suburban Collection Showplace in 2008.
While the weather outside was cold, sales inside the Suburban Collection Showplace at the 50th Annual Detroit Camper & RV Show were blazing.
Vicars Trailer Sales, Taylor, Mich., brought 46 units to the show, including seven retro-inspired trailers. On Friday, two days after the show opened to the public, Vicars Trailer Sales owner and General Manager Vicky Rokas reported sales doubled from what they experienced at the 2015 Detroit Camper and RV Show.
“We haven’t seen sales numbers like that since 1998,” Rokas said. “Everyone seemed happy – the attendees, the dealers. It was a phenomenal show.”
Carl Kline, of Kline’s RV Center, Warren, Mich., agreed. “It’s been a couple of decades since we’ve seen the amount of orders we took during this year’s show.”
“It’s going to be a great year,” he said.
Sheffer said he noticed a difference the first day. “On Wednesday, opening day, people were lined up an hour or so before doors opened. We knew it was going to be a good show with such a strong showing of interest.”
“Having a successful show like the 50th Annual Detroit Camper & RV Show demonstrates RVing and camping in Pure Michigan continues to be popular and economical for families of all ages and stages,” Sheffer said.
MARVAC produces five camper and RV shows throughout Michigan, including shows in Battle Creek at the Kellogg Arena on Feb. 25-28; Flint at the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center on March 17-20; Traverse City at the Traverse City County Civic Center on April 1-3; and the Fall Detroit Camper and RV Show at Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, on Oct. 5-9. For more information, visit marvac.org.