Opening Day at RV Open House ‘Phenomenal’

September 18, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment

Just a fraction of the hundreds of RVs that are on display this week in Elkhart County. This view is a portion of the Thor Industries Inc. display around the RV/MH Hall of Fame. The Indiana Toll Road (in background) passes by the site, giving motorists a view of the new models.

Thousands of RV dealers from across North America came to Elkhart County, Ind., to see thousands of recreational vehicles on display Tuesday (Sept. 17), the first full day of Elkhart RV Open House Week, the Elkhart Truth reported.

Tom Peay of Idletime RV in Allen, Okla., has been coming since Forest River Inc. started the event in 2008. In the middle of the Thor Industries Inc. brands’ mini-town outside the RV/MH Hall of Fame, Peay said, “I believe we get more good out of this than Louisville,” which is where the post-Thanksgiving annual industry trade show is put on by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).

Doug Peay said the advantage of the open houses for dealers is that “we get to see everything new. Pretty much all of the big boys are set up here.”

Matt Zimmerman, president of Keystone RV Co., one of the exhibitors, summed up the start to their open house with one word: “Phenomenal.”

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