Organizers look for strong attendance at Pleasanton RV show opening this Friday for 10-day run

Dealers willing to 'wheel and deal' to move products,' manager says

Despite a troubled economy, organizers of Pleasanton's 21st annual Manufacturers' RV Show aren't worried about attendance numbers at this year's show that starts Friday at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

Show manager Mike Nohr said that a combination of dealers offering steep discounts, buyers eager to take advantage of the deals and the long-term cost savings of an RV vacation has created an environment he believes will prove to be a boon for his show.

"It's no secret that dealers are willing to wheel and deal to move product," he said. "But what's most encouraging is what we're hearing about the number of people looking to the future. They want to make a modest investment on an RV now so they can recoup those costs in the coming years by not having to spend money on plane tickets, hotel rooms and rental cars."

Nohr said that a survey conducted by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association found that 45 percent of RV owners are considering purchasing another RV this year "because they appreciate the value they get compared to the more traditional vacations."

A similar study showed RV vacations are 27-61 percent cheaper than other types of vacations, Nohr added.

"Who knows where the economy is going," said Scotts Valley resident Anthony Leimas, who plans on attending the May show. "I've heard it's supposed to get better soon, but I'm not going to bet my vacations on it. With an RV, I know we'll always be able to afford to go on a nice vacation, recession or not."

Consumers can expect to choose from hundreds of new and used models at the show, which runs at the fairgrounds from Friday through Monday, Memorial Day, May 25. The event drew more than 20,000 people last year.

"This year, I expect to see more serious buyers and less looky-loos," Nohr said. "Consumers know they won't see these kinds of prices probably ever again in their lifetime."

The RV show will open at 11 a.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. on weekends and closing at 7 p.m. every day except May 25, when the show will end at 6 p.m. Tickets are priced at $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, and are free for those 16 years old and younger. Parking is extra.

For more information, call the show's hotline at (925) 931-1890 or sign on to the show's website at

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Posted by AVHS Dad
a resident of Stoneridge Park
on May 13, 2009 at 8:20 am

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I'd be suprised if anybody showed. Anybody here thinking of buying an RV anytime soon?

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Posted by Brandon
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 13, 2009 at 8:32 am

Strong attendance but weak sales. That's a given.

I would go see the latest models but will not be doing any buying.

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Posted by John
a resident of Downtown
on May 13, 2009 at 3:00 pm

Oh yes I am interested in an RV! Sure Obama is going to nail gas with a big fat tax next.

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Posted by Remi
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 13, 2009 at 7:48 pm

From the greatest TV show ever, "Breaking Bad" (I think the title is a take off on the expression 'making good'), I have learned that RVs are money makers not expenses. You'll find my new one parked on a dirt road just outside of town creating profits. If interested in the show start from episode 1 in the first season and enjoy the education.

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Posted by Michael
a resident of San Ramon
on May 13, 2009 at 8:42 pm


what kind of show are you talking about?

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Posted by Remi
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 14, 2009 at 8:25 am

It's in its second season on AMC(Sunday nights). Bryan Cranston(the dad from Malcom in the Middle) won an Emmy for best lead actor last year for his role. Start from the begining(You Tube).

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Posted by Rose
a resident of another community
on May 15, 2009 at 9:09 pm

My husband and I attended the RV show at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds today. What a big disappointment! The last time we came to this show the rigs were parked among the trees and on grass. This year it is on asphalt which is hot! Very small selection with too many used rigs. We left and won't be back. This show was so inferior they should have paid us to come in rather than the other way around.

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Posted by Keith Benson
a resident of Mohr Elementary School
on May 17, 2009 at 10:07 am

Charging to see an "RV Show"? Plus charge for parking? come on people let's not forget we are in a recession. You want people to come and see an RV? make it free and include entertainment, shade, free drinks contests.

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Posted by John
a resident of Downtown
on May 18, 2009 at 5:24 pm

The website claims this show is all indoors. It's not?

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Posted by Bob
a resident of another community
on May 22, 2010 at 8:28 am

Can you imagine if Safeway charged you to park and then charged admission to buy groceries? They want me and my wife to pay $22 to park and attend to possibly buy an RV. Unreal, this IS NOT how to boost sales.

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