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Tampa RV Supershow

I still haven’t been to the Tampa RV Supershow. Perhaps next year depending on our travels south.

According to RV news, the show achieved record attendance levels:

The Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) enjoyed a record attendance of more than 73,000 participants at its five-day 2018 Florida RV Supershow last week.

“We experienced the perfect storm of pent-up demand, record stock market levels, low interest rates, stable gas prices and five beautiful days of weather,” said FRVTA Marketing Director David Kelly.

The Supershow’s theme was “Wherever You Roam, You’re Always at Home,” reflecting the reality that RV users can bring hunting, fishing, and camping equipment in addition to anything else their traveling companions want, and even if they move on to a new location, everything is still with them. One of the highlights was a new seminar, “RVing 101- Everything You Need to Know,” which was aimed at first-time RV buyers and tried to answer all basic consumer questions. The seminar was so popular that more chairs had to be added to the seminar area after the first session.

“We feel that the Supershow reflects the attitudes of the RV consumers nationwide as so many attendees come from all over the country,” Kelly said. “If the Supershow is any indication, the industry is on pace to set more records again this year.”

Hopefully the Goldilocks economy continues to roll along for a few more years. And hopefully there will be some sites available as all of these first-time RV buyers hit the road. We are planning to book way ahead of our travel plans just to make sure we have a good spot.

Tampa RV SuperShow

It is a big show, the Tampa RV SuperShow. And some of my family attended the show this year. They even sent us photos in front of what appeared to be a Newmar Dutch Star like our Castaway.

The Tampa Bay Times carried an article which predicted a big turnout, over 70,000 attendees.

For industry representatives like Alonso, this year’s event is shaping up to be a record breaker.

“Ever since Trump won the election, people are going crazy spending money,” Alonso said.

The event has pulled in about 63,000 people for the past two years. If the weather holds up, Dave Kelly, head of marketing for the Florida RV Trade Association, has set the ambitious goal of 70,000 attendees.

The gate was 70,528.

From RV Business:

In fact, each of the first four days set an attendance high compared to past years which, despite a Sunday (Jan. 22) storm that brought rain and wind to the show’s Tampa-based venue, resulted in an overall gate of 70,528 people – a total that eclipsed 2015’s record of 63,264 by 7,264, according to Lance Wilson, president of the host Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA).