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  • Katie Fyfe | The Journal Gazette RV and Camping Show attendees poured into the Coliseum on Saturday. The annual show continues today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Katie Fyfe | The Journal Gazette People gather for the RV & Camping Show at the Coliseum where hundreds of RVs, motor homes, fifth wheels, park models, and toy haulers are on display and for sale on Saturday.

  • Katie Fyfe | The Journal Gazette Travis Walters and Rich Taylor enjoy a beer on the deck of an RV during the RV & Camping Show at the Coliseum including hundreds of RVs, motor homes, fifth wheels, park models, and toy haulers on display on Saturday.

  • Katie Fyfe | The Journal Gazette Olivia Sizemore, seven years old, wears a balloon hat from the A Balloon Above station during the RV & Camping Show at the Coliseum on Saturday.

  • Katie Fyfe | The Journal Gazette David Barry and Dawn Sichling help guests look at hundreds of RVs, motor homes, fifth wheels, park models, and toy haulers on display and for sale during the RV & Camping Show at the Coliseum on Saturday.

Sunday, February 03, 2019 1:00 am

RV dealers relish annual Coliseum show

DAVE GONG | The Journal Gazette

For Kathleen Messmann of Knott's RV Center, the annual RV and Camping Show at the Memorial Coliseum is a chance to show people an experience.

“We really just love camping ourselves, so it's an opportunity to talk to people and give them the chance for an adventure,” Messmann said.

Thousands poured into the Coliseum on Saturday, browsing hundreds of RVs, campers and trailers from 11 dealers.

Business was booming, John Swygart, a salesman at Fremont-based Barton Lake RV said. 

“This is our Super Bowl and it happens to be during the Super Bowl weekend,” Swygart said, noting that Barton Lake RV had 21 different models on display. “We have 9,000, 10,000, 11,000 people coming through in a weekend and we're only looking for a few sales out of that number.”

This is Knott's RV Center's fourth year participating in the show, which adds to the dealership's visibility, Messmann said. 

“It's a great idea for people to come out and give them a chance to compare models, compare prices and get to know the people,” Messmann said. “When you're getting to that type of a purchase, you really want to know that you can trust the people and know that they're out for your best interests.”

Messmann said she loves the show.

“I love the excitement of people coming in and looking at all the new things,” Messmann said. “It just has a very good vibe.”

The show is an opportunity for customers to get out of the weather and get a taste of spring, Swygart said. The traffic “has been everything we've expected and then some.

“It's dry, it's clean, it's well-lit and they have a great selection to pick from, to see what's new out there. We have a ton of first-time buyers who come to the show, which is really fun because I love to teach people.”

The RV and Camping Show continues today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

dgong@jg.net