The 42nd Annual Pennsylvania RV & Camping Show, Sept. 13-19 at Hersheypark Entertainment & Resorts Complex in Hershey, Pa., will feature the nation’s largest display of recreational park trailers.
Eleven manufacturers will display their cottage-like trailers, also known as park models, in the sold-out “Park Model Village” to more than 30,000 consumers from the U.S. and Canada who will be attending the show.
Show Chairman Dan Saltzgiver, an RV and park model dealer from Hanover, Pa., promises a “fabulous” show this year, with at least 20% more products than last year’s show.
Sponsored by the 368-member Pennsylvania Recreation Vehicle and Camping Association (PRVCA), the show will cover 1.6 million square feet of display space.
The park model manufacturers displaying this year are Bridgeview Manufacturing Co. Inc., Cavco Industries Inc., Canterbury Recreational Park Homes, Chariot Eagle Inc., CrossRoads RV, Dutch Park Homes Inc., Fairmont Park Trailers, Kropf Industries Inc., Silver Top Manufacturing Co. Inc., The Barnyard and Woodland Park Inc.
Park models are among the most unique products to be featured at the show because you don’t drive them and you don’t tow them. Retailing for about $40,000, these are cottage-like units with peaked shingled roofs, bay windows and lofts that people use as weekend retreats and vacation homes.
Because they have wheels and sit on a chassis, they are classified as recreational vehicles, so they can be placed in scenic campgrounds and RV resorts, which are often off limits to both mobile and manufactured homes.
The show is important for manufacturers, dealers, vendors and park owners as the show features the first look at 2011 products.
“I’m hoping we get a little shot in the arm at Hershey,” said Brad Bryant, owner of Bryant’s RV Showcase Inc. in Dallas, Pa.
The Hershey show is the first chance consumers will see many of the new models. Manufacturers often show their new units at Hershey, and then give them a final tweak before the annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., the week after Thanksgiving. “It’s good for me and it’s good for the whole industry,” Bryant said.
That’s why Saltzgiver and Bryant and other park model dealers expect a good show and are hoping to write some orders.