Fall Detroit Camper & RV Show attendance supports industry’s upward trend

Show visitors and RV sales up over 20%

The Fall Detroit Camper & RV Show, sponsored by the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles & Campgrounds (MARVAC), recorded over 11,000 in attendance, a 20 percent increase over 2011. The show ran October 3-7 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

200 new recreation vehicles were on display, representing 50 brands, along with 30 booths featuring campgrounds, parts and accessories and lending institutions. The show included folding campers, motorhomes, travel trailers, toy haulers and fifth wheel travel trailers, ranging in price from $4,999 to more than $400,000.

“We were pleased to see that the record RV show attendance we’re seeing in other shows across the country this fall, carried over to our show here in southeast Michigan,” MARVAC Director Bill Sheffer stated. “We’re anticipating a very strong 2013 in Michigan, with continued success in the RV industry overall.”

In Michigan, RV sales continue the upward trend. So far this year (through July 2012), there has been an increase in new RV sales of 21.3 percent. This represents sales of 8,869 units, compared to 7,309 units at this time last year. The 8,869 unit figure is split into two categories—towables (8,361) and motorized (508), showing increases over 2011 of 21.9 percent and 13.4 percent respectively.

MARVAC also sponsors the Detroit Camper & RV Show in February, as well as 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.