|Updated: 2/20/2012 7:55 am
||Published: 2/19/2012 7:24 pm
LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Arkansas RV Show wrapped up a successful weekend at the Statehouse Convention Center.
Three days full of attendees exploring what local and national RV dealerships have to offer. Sales representatives say customers choose to spend thousands of dollars on recreational vehicles at the show because they know they're going to get a bargain, or at least get an idea of what is on the market.
Customers say while they may spend more at an RV show for something new, they know they can trust the dealer they're purchasing from.
The RV's at the show are lighter, more fuel efficient, and more comfortable than ever before. Barbara Danielsen already owns an RV, but it looking to upgrade. She says she’s impressed by the fancy designs.
"The granite counters, the custom cupboards, the luxury showers. I love the showers, because I like taking nice long showers and you want a nice size shower stall."
Joshua Wood is the manager at River City Recreational World in Sherwood and showcased a few RV's this weekend at the show. Wood says there are hundreds of RV's in every size, style, and price on display.
"People can have no payments for 120 days, less than 10 percent down, and that really opens it up to everybody, which is great."
Wood says anyone can now afford to buy an RV. "We sold the same unit 6 times this weekend."
Wood says even though FEMA has 100,000 plus trailers now being sold at a fraction of the price of any of the models at the RV show, customers in the market for an RV say, that's a red flag. At the RV Show, they know what they're getting, and who they're getting it from. Sue Wendt already owns an RV, but is looking to upgrade. She says she won't buy anything other than from a reputable dealer.
"They're willing to bargain a little bit too on some of the models."
Wood recommends only purchasing from a known dealership. "A dealership is not going to sell you any rental unit or FEMA unit without disclosing it to the customer. The best place to buy an RV is from a dealer because of all the regulations we have in place."
Wood says while recreational vehicles used to be just for retirees, today's customers span the age groups, and pocket books. That's why RV shows are so popular. Attendees say they like the variety of companies represented at the shows, and they get better customer service than at an auction. People say the RV Show is the best place to see all the best brands at competitive pricing.
The most expensive RV at the show this weekend is a motor coach priced at half a million dollars.