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Just went to the Madison Camper and RV show over the weekend. Great crowd, lots to see and do.
One thing that really surprised me was that the Jayco dealer was the only dealer with Hybrids TT on display. He had 4 almost completely different floor plans. Is that unusual at a show? Most people I talked while I was there were surprised as well.
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Last show I was I didnt see any hybrids... come to think of it.

Ill be going to the Philly show in March, Ill have to keep my eyes open to see whats out there.


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Different parts of the country find hybrid trailers more popular than others. YOu see quite a few different brands and floor plans in this area, both at shows and in the campgrounds.


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Interesting. Hybrids have been much more in evidence in the Midwest than the west, in our experience. Jayco is a VERY popular brand in Wisconsin; perhaps some of the other companies making hybrids weren't represented because area dealers just haven't affiliated with those brands.

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RV show in Maine............I'm done with that. We've been there three years in a row, and it doesn't change. All we see are Class A, Class B and Fifth Wheels.

You would think with this economy, people would downgrade their rig, and see what's on the market, but RV manufacturers don't seem to think that way.

We have three RV dealers in a 20 miles radius and we rather go there than go to the RV show.

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The RV Show here is claimed to be the largest indoor show in North America. I rarely see any hybrids. And barely any popups.

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A dealer is going to make the most of his allocated display area, showcasing what sells the best for them. Apparently hybrids just aren't that popular of a seller for many dealers.

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Went to the Houston RV show several years ago and 75%+ were either monster Class A's, huge 5'ers and Class C's.. Very few TTs and the ones that were there were 30'+. Finally stumbled onto 1 HTT tucked into a corner. Dear Cousin, who lives in Houston, says they don't go any more because it's always the same thing. Not much for your average middle-class family. IF we could afford one, which we can't, just cannot see the enjoyment in hauling a 36' 5er and having to maneuver it into a regular CG....and then staying inside watching satellite TV all day.


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Same around here with the shows. Maybe one pop up, a couple of hybrids the majority fivers and coaches.

I think the reason, though, is that the dealers who put these shows on set up the displays with the greatest Wow Factors and the highest profit margins. I would bet if they sell one big coach they would have to sell a handful of hybrids and double the number of pups to make up the profit.

Also, I have wondered how many people buy things off the floor and get them out in the real world to find they are a whole lot bigger than they looked in an indoor arena.


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Our last show here had one hybrid and one used pop up.


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