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‘Louisville Show’ Exemplifies Industry’s Vitality

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December 9, 2013 by   Leave a Comment

Fewer dealers attended this week’s Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., but all is well in the industry, experts said.

According to a report by the Elkhart Truth, about 2,550 RV dealers attended over the show’s three days, down from about 2,620, or 3%, from last year, according to the RVIA.

“Three words: Open House Week,” said Matt Rose, director of RVs with the Indiana Manufactured Housing Association/Recreational Vehicle Indiana Council (MHA/RVIC).

Rose was referring to September’s Elkhart Open House in northern Indiana, an event that is growing each year. As a result of all the sales there, he said manufacturers brought fewer vehicles to Louisville as well.

“There’s still a lot of business being done in Louisville, and I think there always will be,” said Rose, who attended the show. “Yesterday a guy (from an Elkhart County-based manufacturer) told me that it seemed like traffic was down a little bit but it’s still important for him to be there, and not being there is not an option. They still did well and wrote business.”

Rose said “overall it was a great week. There was a great buzz on the show floor.”

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