My impressions of the Florida State rally 2010
Attendance was down, Last number heard was 359
I would guess Vintage had about 20
A long way from the days of 1200 or so attendees
Number of Vendors is noticeably down. The only ones I saw that I would consider truly Airstream related were Dexter Axle and Fantastic Vent.. The rest were clothes, badges, insurance etc.
I did not see any representation from Shurflo, Reese,Dometic, etc
A couple years ago the Airstream factory stopped sending their crew and an “arrangement” was made with camping world. ( Also at Madison in 2009) To try to fill in the gap.
Camping world had nothing specifically Airstream related and a pretty poor stock in general. I suspect that some used to come to get things on the trailer fixed but now that opportunity is pretty well gone except for brake work (Dexter) and fan repair..
The number of seminars seemed to be down.
The Saturday night dinner was down to one sitting instead of the usual two. I would prefer to see this dinner as an extra cost option as I don’t care to deal with that big a crowd, but they did get every one in and seated fairly smoothly
The entertainment was better than average. I actually stayed for all of it 3 nights. That has never happened before
From what I was hearing the finances to break even will be pretty close
The weather was cold and windy until the last couple days
I think Frank and his crew have done a good job with this rally and much of what is happening is nothing they can control..
We will most likely be back next year, assuming we renew our membership.
Rick Davis 1602 K8DOC
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