About 100 people representing 36 RV dealerships are expected to attend Carriage Inc.’s dealer meeting next week (June 9-11) at the World Trade Center and Seaport Hotel and Conference Center in Boston.
Primary among new products will be a 37-foot ”motorhome-concept” Carri-Lite fifth-wheel featuring a full-wall slideout with a large bathroom and shower in the cabover in front of the bedroom.
”We won’t be offering any new brands,” said Don Emahiser, vice president of sales and marketing. ”We are trying to shore up what we have. We have some new features that we have added that we think are sensational.”
Emahiser said it is important for Carriage to hold its dealer meeting away from the company’s Millersburg, Ind., manufacturing complex. ”We know that it’s not business as usual in the RV industry, but we want the whole world to know that we are still around and kicking,” he said.
From a high mark of about 120 dealers, reports Emahiser, the economic recession has cut that number to about 90.
”We’ve weathered the attrition storm better than some of the other manufacturers,” he said.
Carriage manufacturers Royals International, Carri-Lite and Cameo fifth-wheels along with Domani fifth-wheels and travel trailers.