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GAC’s Hershey Show Segment Airs Tonight

September 20, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Nan Kelly visits the RV Show in Hershey, Pa., for GAC telecast

The Great American Country network (GAC) visited America’s Largest RV Show, held Sept. 11–15 in Hershey, Pa., to film its “Top 20 Countdown.” According to a press release, the segment will air tonight (Sept. 20).

The Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA), which manages America’s Largest RV Show, was contacted by the production company the week prior to the start of the show.

“I love receiving those calls,” said Heather Leach, marketing and education director for PRVCA. “It’s always fun working with the film crews – to be able to watch them in action and then see the final product on TV is always a great experience.”

GAC along with HGTV, which film at the show every year, are both brands of Scripps Networks. “Because of our long-standing relationship with Scripps Networks and HGTV, we were excited to welcome GAC to America’s Largest RV Show,” Leach said.

GAC’s “Top 20 Countdown” is hosted by Nan Kelly. This week’s episode will feature Kelly making her way around America’s Largest RV Show checking out the latest in RVing while introducing their top 20 songs of the week.

“You will even see a few other familiar faces,” Leach says. “RV Doctor” Gary Bunzer made a special guest appearance and Leach got a few moments of airtime to discuss the details of the show. “Nan Kelly and the crew were great to work with,” Leach stated. “I enjoyed giving them a tour of the show and providing them with any information they needed about the show and RVing.”

GAC’s “Top 20 Countdown” will air at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m tonight and again on Sept. 21 at midnight, 2 a.m. and 11 a.m. For more information, visit www.gactv.com.  For more information on America’s Largest RV Show, visit www.largestRVshow.com.

Record Show

Meanwhile, the PRVCA reported that the RV show set a new attendance record as 43,768 people attended the annual event.

According to a press release, the show had over 1,200 new units on display, 188 booth vendors and 50 manufacturers covering exhibit space that surpassed 2012 by over 16%.  Compared to 2012, booth vendor space increased by 14% and manufacturer space increased by 21%.

Woodbury’s Take on 2013 Hershey RV Show

September 16, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Chuck Woodbury

Editor’s Note: The following column was penned last week by RVtravel.com editor Chuck Woodbury, reporting from America’s Largest RV Show in Hershey, Pa. Woodbury discusses some of the RVs that caught his eye. The show closed on Sunday. To view Woodbury’s newsletter click here.

I’m still in Hershey, Pa., at the 2013 Hershey RV Show, which is officially billed as “America’s Largest RV Show.” If you are in the area, there is still time to attend. It runs through tomorrow (Sunday). It’s a huge affair. For anyone interested in seeing what’s new for 2014, this is a piece of heaven.
Half the reason I attend the show each year is to rub elbows with my buddies — mostly other guys who write or do videos about the RV industry, and to meet up with readers of this newsletter. So far, a dozen readers have introduced themselves, and I’ve run into several authors of books we sell, which is always nice. I’m writing this on Thursday, so there is still plenty of time to explore the show and visit with friends.
I’ve explored many of the RVs on display and have been impressed with a half-dozen. I was amazed by the super-spacious Rockwood HW 296 popup trailer that includes “everything” — even a bathroom with shower. I also liked a lightweight hybrid trailer by Starcraft, the Travel STar EXP 187TB, with three canvas “pop outs” which make room for two double beds and a queen-size bed, plus all the other regular RV features. It’s so light that it can be pulled by many family cars. Lightweight trailers are the big thing this year and are popular with buyers. Depending upon who you talk with, towable RVs — trailers of all sizes and fifth-wheels — are outselling motorized RVs about 12-to-one (some people say 16-to-one).
Winnebago is debuting a new lightweight Class C motorhome with single-tire rear axle and a very interesting drop-down double bed (just push a button), with a Penistar 3.6 litre gas engine on a Ram ProMaster chassis. At 9,300 pounds, the 24-foot Trend is not suited to pulling a tow vehicle. But for a couple or family looking for an RV for camping weekends or vacations, it might be just the thing (good mileage). The MSRP is about $93,000 but it’s being sold at the show for about $79,000.
I loved a tiny trailer from Little Guy — even smaller than a Teardrop — called MyPod, that weighs a mere 500 pounds and can be pulled by virtually any vehicle, even some motorcycles. This would be a great step-up for tenters tired of sleeping on the hard ground.
I’m putting together a video showing these vehicles and others and will have it posted within a couple of weeks. But for now, I must get back to work (and to play). I’ll be home late Sunday night and hope to see you here again next week.

Buyers Check Out ‘Smaller’ Units at RV Show

September 12, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Blue skies hover over Hershey, Pa., site of the nation’s largest retail RV show. Hot weather prevailed at this week’s show but it didn’t keep record crowds from attending.

Bigger isn’t necessarily better in the world of recreational vehicles. Richard and Karen Bowser of Pittsburgh spent a better part of the day Wednesday (Sept. 11) walking around the grounds of America’s Largest RV Show at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa.

They weren’t searching for a high-end, luxurious recreational vehicle, according to a report by the Patriot-News.

“We’re looking to buy something that will accommodate the two of us,” Karen Bowser said, adding they are retired and travel the country visiting their children.

Although, she did have some specifics including a two-door refrigerator/freezer, deep or two-bowl kitchen sink and a three-burner stove with an oven. She said she just wants enough kitchen space to make biscuits and gravy for breakfast when they are on the road.

“It has to have a potty and a shower,” she added.

They were eyeing the new Winnebago Minnie, a travel trailer being touted for its small size and big character. The Minnie is just one of a slew of new compact recreational vehicles hitting the market.

The lightweight trailers equate into fuel efficiency which is attractive in the market.

Steve Fretz of Fretz RV in Souderton said when fuel prices skyrocketed people traded in their SUVs for Priuses. RV manufacturers could no longer offer big towing trailers, he said.

Sherman Goldenberg, publisher of RVBusiness and Woodall’s Campground Management, called it a tentative trend as post-recession buyers seem to have a taste for smaller, more fuel efficient vehicles.

As a result, manufacturers are seeing interest in the Minnie which sells in bright colors like green and yellow.

To read the entire article click here.

 

Behind the Scenes at HGTV’s ‘RV 2014’ Show

September 12, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s Note: The following story was published in the Patriot-News, Harrisburg, Pa., and provides a behind-the-scenes look at filming the ever-popular preview of new RVs broadcast the first of each year by HGTV.

It doesn’t matter if it’s a mansion or a modest home, or in this case a motorcoach.

Several film crews this week are taping an HGTV network show focused on recreational vehicles at the America’s Largest RV Show at the Giant Center in Hershey.

With cameras and sound equipment in tow, crews and producers representing Nancy Glass Productions based in Philadelphia braved 90 degree-plus temperatures in the center’s parking lot.

“This is fantastic,” said Sue Mohr of Boat N RV Superstore in Hamburg. “It’s awesome. My son and I watch it all of the time.”

The RV show runs through Sunday and is known for being the first big national show of the season and the place to check out the latest makes and models. More than 1,200 vehicles are on display.

Heather Leach, a spokeswoman with the Pennsylvania Recreational Vehicle and Camping Association (PRVCA), said the network tapes at the RV show each year. She said the television show focuses on three families who are interested in purchasing vehicles in a variety of price ranges.

A post on Twitter by the production company indicated they had been searching for couples and families as part of a casting call.

“Those chosen will be followed around the show as they shop for RVs. Each family will be filmed over the course of a single day as they look at vehicles, try out new features, and talk to the camera about their experiences. The idea is to give viewers a consumer perspective on the RVs rather than just one of a salesperson. No PURCHASE Necessary!!!” said the post.

In the parking lot, a sea of recreational vehicles, motorhomes and trailers created a tailgate experience minus the beer and brats. The television show crews were unassuming and generated plenty of buzz.

At times they created a minor inconvenience for those interested in checking out particular trailers like the Trend by Winnebago. A woman with the production company was planted outside the doors to stop shoppers from browsing as filming took place inside.

Earlier in the day, one manufacturer grew irritated with the crew, saying he was losing commissions as they blocked the aisle to film. “Pack that thing. Let’s get it out, please,” he said.

 

 

Hershey Show Offers Education/Training Opps

August 12, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Rod Woodson at his 2009 induction into the National Football League Hall of Fame.

America’s Largest RV Show, Sept. 9 –10 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa., offers something for every facet of the RV industry. Not only is it the first show in the nation with 2014 products, but attendees can also take advantage of several education clinics at affordable prices, according to a news release.

Monday’s line-up includes RV Technician Training from Lippert Components Inc. and Gary Motley. Learn more about Lippert’s Schwintek slide out, typical Lippert slides, hydraulic leveling and navigating the LCI website. Motley will be on hand to share roof sealant tips, including methods of finding weather intrusion, proper use and techniques of roof sealants ($50 per person – includes lunch).

Tuesday kicks off with an all-star morning at Chocolate World that includes a breakfast, inspirational message and meet-and-greet with NFL’s Rod Woodson. Autographed footballs, mini-helmets and photos are available for purchase and benefits the PRVCA PAC fund.  Woodson will share his insight on the mindset of a winner ($25 per person – includes breakfast).

A Parts Manager Clinic, conducted by Chuck Marzahn, starts off a full education day at the Giant Center. The clinic will cover the primary duties of the parts manager as well as critical processes and principles of running a top-notch parts department. Inventory planning, working with service to get the right parts, stocking plans and more ($50 per person – includes lunch). Bonus: Earn five continuing education units (CEUs) from the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) for attending this seminar.

Tom Romero of Cequent Performance Products will be hosting a seminar on Reese-Tekonsha®-Bulldog Training from 10am – noon. Come and learn about the latest products, features and installation tips for Reese fifth-wheel hitches, rail kits, weight distribution, pin box upgrade replacements, Tekonsha® brake controls and Bulldog Powered Trailer Jacks. Recertification hours will be earned for attending this seminar (No fee for this seminar).

David Gorin will finish the day with a seminar on the “Latest and Greatest RV Park Trends.” This seminar is designed to increase awareness of park owners and operators about how their industry is meeting the challenges of change and how today’s trends are impacting the world of park business. The seminar is approved as an National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) Outdoor Hospitality Professional certificate class.

To register for any of the events, visit www.largestRVshow.com, select Industry Info, then view the Show Invitation or call (888) 303-2887.

Park Trailer Builders Looking Ahead to Hershey

August 9, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Participating park model manufacturers had these comments in advance of America’s Largest RV Show scheduled for September in Hershey, Pa.:

Interior of The Royal by Champion/Athens Park Homes

Champion/Athens Park Homes sees the 2013 Hershey show as the culmination of a great year and the kickoff to the 2014 season, says Dick Grymonprez, director of park model sales for Champion Homes. “We look forward to the Pennsylvania show,” he said. The company is building park models from eight plants across the U.S. and the two units it’s showing at Hershey – one from the Rental Cottage Series and the other from the traditional Royal Series – are being built in Champion’s plant in Sangerfield, N.Y.

“That plant will service all our needs in the Northeast,” said Grymonprez, who noted that it also will build units for customers in eastern Canada.

The Hershey units showcase Champion/Athens Park Homes’ best design elements, including a front porch, tape and textured walls with wood accents, wains coating and a “hunter’s cabin feel” to the Rental Cottage unit and a rear porch, full tape and textured walls and ceilings, lots of upgrades and clear story windows with high ceilings for the Royal unit, he said.

This will be the first time to the Hershey show for Grymonprez in several years. The long haul from Texas made taking park models problematic in years past, but now with a plant within a half-day’s drive, the challenge is gone, he said.

Champion has been signing up new accounts throughout the year and adding park model production to some of its plants for the first time, he said. “We are really going after the camping business and oil boom housing business,” he said. “Any place a park model can be used, we’re going after.”

Champion’s plant in Weiser, Idaho, will build park models for western Canadian customers.

“We will have both sides of Canada covered efficiently,” added Grymonprez, who cited the increased park model demand there.

The company is building park models for customers in Japan and Finland.

Grymonprez also said the company continues to do well in Texas, Athens Park Homes; home base, where it has put units in more than 50 campgrounds since its founding in 2005.

Champion now sells park models in 37 states.

• Larry Weaver, sales manager at Dutch Park Homes, Goshen, Ind., is also excited about this year’s Hershey Show, where a new Dutch Park Homes dealer, Ken Asel RV of Gerry, N.Y., will be showing the company’s Monterey and Sterling 12-wides and 8 ½-wide Classic.

Dutch Park Homes

The Monterey is Dutch Park Homes’ best-selling model and is actually part 13-wide and part 12-wide. MSRP for this popular unit is in the vicinity of $59,000.

Dutch Park Homes has been coming to the Pennsylvania Show every year since 1980 and the 2012 show was one of its best, with 11 sales recorded, Weaver said.

He’s got a great location at this year’s show and looks forward to showing off all the new decors in Dutch Park Homes’ 2014 units, he said.

Recreation by Design, a 25-year-year-old Elkhart, Ind.-based specialty vehicle manufacturer now aiming directly at RV dealers, will take two units to Hershey, a 48-foot fifth-wheel from its Baypoint Signature Series, and a 44-foot, two-bedroom Baypoint destination trailer, reports Terry Hiser, sales director for dealer development. MSRPs on the two units are $90,000 and $48,000, respectively.

Recreation By Design moved into a 70,000–square-foot, state-of-the-art former manufactured housing facility on the southwest side of Elkhart in the last year, which allows the company to expand from its historic specialty vehicle focus on the movie, agricultural and carnival industries to a broader line of products, Hiser explained.

“We now have the capability to go out and address the dealer market,” said Hiser.

The destination trailer, with four slideouts, has an appeal to the campground market, Hiser noted, as it was shown at Hershey in 2012 and did quite well.

Recreation By Design also has an expertise in building units in its Custom Series that are handicap accessible. Features include 48-inch exterior openings for power lifts, 36-inch inside doorways and roll-in shower units.

“We’ve done our homework on this over the last two years,” Hiser said. “We can accommodate just about everyone.”

The Shore Park by Skyline Corp.

• Elkhart-based Skyline Corp., which has made major market penetration in the past two years in park model production, will be showing four 12-wides at Hershey – three units from its Shore Park Homes series and one from its Stone Harbor series.

“We’re looking forward to all the shows this fall – in Hershey, the Elkhart Open House and in Louisville,” said Terry Decio, vice president of sales and marketing. “We’ve positioned our park models in a great place and we’re looking to continue to add to that.”

Skyline has leaped into the No. 2 sales position nationally behind longtime leader Breckenridge through the month of April, according to Statistical Surveys Inc.

Skyline will be showing two new floorplans in its Shore Park series, featuring new island and entertainment center applications and its top-selling unit with “waterfall” end wall windows. Stone Harbor is a packaged series floorplan.

MSRPs on the Shore Park are in the mid-$50,000 range, while for Stone Harbor it’s mid-$40,000.

Skyline has been building 12-wide park models for over 25 years,” Decio noted. “The last several years Skyline has made an effort to utilize its coast to coast network of manufacturing facilities to maximize value to the consumer. It helps us to be building them in a manufactured housing plant, where we can use a lot of the same quality materials.”

 

2013 Hershey RV Show Aims for Record Crowds

August 8, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Blue skies hover over Hershey, Pa., site of the nation’s largest retail RV show.

The Hershey Show, officially known as America’s Largest RV Show by the sponsoring Pennsylvania RV & Camping Association (PRVCA), has become the kickoff venue for the RV industry to unveil its new model year lines on a national scale to both a trade and consumer audience. And this year’s event – set for Sept 9-15 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. – should go a long way toward reinforcing that reputation.

“The show is doing as good as it’s ever done in the sense of we’re virtually sold out for vendor space inside and we created more area outside,” reports Show Chairman Dan Saltzgiver, general manager for Camping World of Hanover (Pa.). “And then there’s the manufacturers’ space, which was all but sold out at the show drawing going back to the first week of May. Since then, what little space we had, Becky (Lenington, PRVCA executive director) pretty much has it all sold. She actually converted one area that we haven’t used in the manufacturers’ space to try to accommodate some more manufacturers.”

The good news, in a nutshell, from PRVCA:

• Through the end of July, the Hershey Show’s sold space totaled 817,120 net square feet versus 745,127 net square feet in 2012.

• The show’s total square footage as of mid-July: 1.54 million gross square feet.

• Outdoor manufacturer space is up 18% for this year’s show and the number of displays has increased by about 50 booths.

• The sold-out Giant Center is scheduled to house 238 booths. “Inside the Giant Center, the arena downstairs is sold out and then there is the upstairs mezzanine, Saltzgiver told Woodall’s Campground Management. “We are sold out all around there for retail days for sure. And we’re working to get it sold for wholesale days as well. We sell some of that space twice. If someone is only coming for retail, then we resell it for wholesale.”

Attendance Goal

PRVCA, in turn, wants to top 2012’s record-breaking, public day attendance of 43,131, a 29% uptick from 2011. And it wants to surpass the 2,022 attendees registered on last year’s trade days, a 12.77% from 2011. “Even though it doesn’t appear that way, we’ve been increasing the wholesale number of dealers each year,” said Saltzgiver. “So, while that’s not the size yet that we’d like to see it, we’re being told by the manufacturers that it’s still important to them.”

RVs line the Giant Center grounds at the Hershey Show

That said, PRVCA won’t be attempting to return the show’s square footage to its all-time, pre-recessionary high because the association has decided not to try to expand beyond the eastside foot bridge to the adjacent Giant Center parking lots, a configuration that just didn’t seem to work for everybody. “I don’t know if we’ll ever get over that (modern high point) as long as the show committee agrees with me that we shouldn’t go across the road again,” said Saltzgiver.

“That just created a lot of problems for the manufacturers on that side, as well as customers going over to that side,” added Saltzgiver. “It’s one of the things on which we made a decision as a group. Things could change. But right now we’re deciding not to use that side so that it’s better for our retail customer coming in as well as the manufacturers and suppliers that exhibit at that show.”

Hershey Show Seminars

Meanwhile, PRVCA is adding some new thought-provoking trade day sessions: Lippert Components Inc. and Gary Motley, a master certified RV maintenance technician representing Motley RV Repair, Oklahoma City, Okla., will be presenting a full-day training clinic, qualifying attendees for six recertification hours. David Gorin, an RV park owner, consultant and founder of Best Parks of America, will present a seminar on “RV Park Trends.” And consultant Chuck Marzahn will present a Parts Manager Clinic.

 

PRVCA Announcing Sept. 10 Hershey Clinics

July 3, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA) has released information about a series of clinics set for Sept. 10 during the America’s Largest RV Show in Hershey, Pa. According to a press release, the show will open with Trade Days on Sept. 9-10 followed by Public Days Sept. 11-15.

David Gorin

Tuesday clinics include:

  • The Latest and Greatest Park Trends: David Gorin, David Gorin & Associates, will conduct the clinic slated for 1-2:30 p.m. in the Power Play Room. Registration Fee: $25 and the clinic is approved as an ARVC Outdoor Hospitality Professional certificate class. This seminar is designed to increase awareness of park owners and operators about how their industry is meeting challenges and how today’s trends are impacting the world of the park business.

Click here for registration information or call 888-303-2887.

  • Parts Manager Clinic: Hosted by Chuck Marzahn, Marzahn & King Consulting, the session runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Champions Club. Registration fee is $50 (lunch included) and attendees can earn RVDA CEUs. The Parts Manager Clinic covers most of the primary duties of the parts manager many of which come directly from the DACUM developed at Ohio State University with The RV Learning Center. Attendees will learn many of the critical processes and principles of running a top-notch parts department. Marzahn will spend some time on inventory planning, working with service to get the right parts from OEMs, using different stocking plans with the different categories of vendors and how to price for the market.

Click here for registration information  or call 888-303-2887.

  • RV Technician Distance Learning: Don Bray of Northampton Community College will lead the clinic set for 10-11 a.m. at the press room. Registration is free. The Distance Learning Program is the premier RV Technician e-learning program in the country. Bray will share the benefits of online learning including the ease of completing the coursework on your own schedule and gaining handson experience. The cost-effective program is perfect for those new to the RV industry or experienced technicians looking for recertification credits.

Click here for registration information or call 888-303-2887.

2013 Hershey RV Show Near Sold-Out Status

June 28, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Blue skies hover over Hershey, Pa., site of the nation’s largest retail RV show.

The Hershey Show, officially known as America’s Largest RV Show by the sponsoring Pennsylvania RV & Camping Association (PRVCA), has become the kickoff venue for the RV industry to unveil its new model year lines on a national scale to both a trade and consumer audience.

And this year’s event — set for Sept 9-15 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. — should go a long way toward reinforcing that reputation.

“The show is doing as good as it’s ever done in the sense that we’re virtually sold out for vendor space inside and we created more area outside,” Show Chairman Dan Saltzgiver, general manager for Camping World of Hanover (Pa.), told WOODALLSCM.com. “And then there’s the manufacturers’ space, which was all but sold out at the show drawing going back to the first week of May. Since then, what little space we had, Becky (Lenington, PRVCA executive director) pretty much has it all sold. She actually converted one area that we haven’t used in the manufacturers’ space to try to accommodate some more manufacturers.”

The good news, in a nutshell, from PRVCA:

  • Through the end of June, the Hershey Show’s sold space totaled 817,120 net square feet versus 745,127 net square feet in 2012.
  • The show’s total square footage as of mid-June: 1.54 million gross square feet.
  • Outdoor manufacturer space is up 18% for this year’s show and the number of displays has increased by about 50 booths.
  • The sold-out Giant Center is scheduled to house 238 booths.

“Inside the Giant Center, the arena downstairs is sold out and then there is the upstairs mezzanine,” Saltzgiver said. “We are sold out all around there for retail days for sure. And we’re working to get it sold for wholesale days as well. We sell some of that space twice. If someone is only coming for retail, then we resell it for wholesale.”

PRVCA, in turn, wants to top 2012’s record-breaking, public day attendance of 43,131, a 29% uptick from 2011. And it wants to surpass the 2,022 attendees registered on last year’s trade days, a nearly 13% from 2011. “Even though it doesn’t appear that way, we’ve been increasing the wholesale number of dealers each year,” said Saltzgiver. “So, while that’s not the size yet that we’d like to see it, we’re being told by the manufacturers that it’s still important to them.”

That said, PRVCA won’t be attempting to return the show’s square footage to its all-time, pre-recessionary high because the association has decided not to try to expand beyond the eastside foot bridge to the adjacent Giant Center parking lots, a configuration that just didn’t seem to work for everybody. “I don’t know if we’ll ever get over that (modern high point) as long as the show committee agrees with me that we shouldn’t go across the road again,” said Saltzgiver.

“That just created a lot of problems for the manufacturers on that side, as well as customers going over to that side,” he added. “It’s one of the things on which we made a decision as a group. Things could change. But right now we’re deciding not to use that side so that it’s better for our retail customer coming in as well as the manufacturers and suppliers that exhibit at that show.”

Meanwhile, PRVCA is adding some new thought-provoking trade day sessions: Lippert Components Inc. and Gary Motley, a master certified RV maintenance technician representing Motley RV Repair, Oklahoma City, Okla., will be presenting a full-day training clinic, qualifying attendees for six recertification hours. David Gorin, an RV park owner, consultant and founder of Best Parks of America Inc., will present a seminar on “RV Park Trends.” And consultant Chuck Marzahn will present a Parts Manager Clinic.

 

Gorin To Address Latest Trends at Pa. Show

May 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

David Gorin

David Gorin will speak on the latest trends in RV parks during a seminar at America’s Largest RV Show set for Sept 9-15 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa.

The show is four months away but organizers are already  preparing for another record breaking year.

“I am pleased to report that space sales at the time of this year’s show drawing not only exceeded last year, but also total space sales from the 2012 show,” Rebecca Lenington, executive vice president of the host Pennsylvania RV & Camping Association (PRVCA), said in a press release. The drawing, which gives manufacturer and booth vendor representatives the opportunity to select their company’s location in the show, was held on May 8 at the Hershey Lodge.

Forty-five manufacturers and 149 booth vendors have purchased 769,011 square feet and 35,155 square feet of space, respectively, which is 19.8% more than space sold at the 2012 show drawing and 7.9% more than last year at show time. “There is a very limited amount of manufacturer space available, and all of the booths for Public Days are sold out inside the Giant Center,” Lenington reported. “This year we extended manufacturer exhibit space into the parking lot and added additional booth space outside to accommodate the show’s growth.”

America’s Largest RV Show incorporates both Industry and Public Days to create a true hybrid show. Industry Days, held Sept. 9-10, provides dealers and manufacturers the opportunity to connect and concentrate on building relationships while the Public Days allows dealers to sell the new products to consumers. “We here at Lance are very excited for this year’s Hershey RV Show,” said William Hill of Lance Camper Manufacturing Corp. “And we look forward to being part of many more to come.”

Blue skies hover over Hershey, Pa., site of the nation’s largest retail RV show.

“Industry Days allows all of my staff to see the new product,” stated Dan Saltzgiver, show chairman and general manager of Camping World of Hanover. “By sending half of my staff on Monday and half on Tuesday, everyone gets a chance to see what’s new.”

“The show also provides sales training opportunities,” stated Nick Palm of Tiffin Motorhomes Inc.

Affordable education programs provide an in-depth look at various aspects of the RV industry. In addition to Gorin, speakers will include a full-day RV technician training by Lippert Components Inc. and Gary Motley and a full-day parts manager clinic by Chuck Marzahn of Marzahn and King.

The Red Carpet Breakfast is returning to Chocolate World with a motivational message by NFL Hall of Famer Rod Woodson who will also be available for a meet-and-greet and autographs.

The annual industry party will be held Monday evening at Hersheypark where exhibitors and attendees can enjoy rides, a variety of hors d’oeuvres, Pennsylvania’s own Yuengling Lager and an assortment of wines. The party, which is held from 4–6 p.m., allows plenty of free time in the evening for networking, taking in the sites or just relaxing.

For more information visit www.largestRVshow.com.

 

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