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Exhibitors Report Strong Hershey Show Sales

RV dealers and manufacturers report that the 42nd Annual Pennsylvania RV and Camping Show that wrapped up a six-day run Sunday (Sept. 19) at Hersheypark in Hershey, Pa., reminded them of days gone by.

”Borderline, it was the best ever,” said Bill Fenech, president of the new Thor Motor Coach, recently formed by the merger of Damon Motor Coach and Four Winds International Corp. ”It was very, very encouraging. Many of our products did significantly better than any other year, and it was definitely better than last year.

”And I think it was encouraging for the economy in general and for the RV industry in general.”

Although final attendance numbers weren’t available, Bob Tiffin, president of motorized manufacturer Tiffin Motor Homes Inc., Red Bay, Ala., was equally as encouraged by the sales results in Hershey where his company sold 49 Class A motorhomes, including more than a dozen of the company’s new 28-foot Breeze diesel pusher.

”We had a great show up there,” Tiffin said. It was the biggest (Hershey) show we’ve ever had. I think we’ve got something to look forward to in the RV industry, which is definitely on the way back.

”The people who were there to look at them at some point in the future, they will buy.”

Marcus Lemonis, president of the Freedom Roads/Camping World dealership chain, said the company sold 560 RVs, including more than 100 motorhomes.

”It’s unreal,” said Lemonis, who brought 220 sales personnel to staff 13 booths representing almost a dozen manufactures. ”We are feeling very good about the future.”

The heavy traffic also carried into high-end fifth-wheels. ”Hershey was very good,” said Ed Kinney manufacturer Carriage Industry Inc. vice president of sales. ”I don’t like to give out numbers, but traffic was good and we’ve still got orders that are coming through. It was positive news for the RV industry.

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