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HGTV Returns to Hershey, Films ’14 RV Special

September 23, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

HGTV and Nancy Glass Productions returned to America’s Largest RV Show in Hershey, Pa., to film their highly-rated special RV 2014. According to a press release, the segment will premiere on Jan. 1, 2014, and feature the newest RVs and products available to RVers.

First-time host Chris Lambton, who is known for HGTV’s Going Yard and The Bachelorette, took three families on a journey to find their dream RV. Charles and Marisa Dean noted, “The producers and staff do a great job making you feel at home, and Chris is a really down to earth guy on and off the camera. He made shopping really fun.”

The Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA), which manages America’s Largest RV Show, has worked with HGTV and the production company for several years. “HGTV is always a pleasure to work with,” said Rebecca Lenington, executive vice president of PRVCA. “We look forward to seeing them every year and providing whatever information they need – though they are so familiar with our show and staff at this point, they seem more like extended family.”

The HGTV special takes a look at the newest RVs and latest RV accessories featured at America’s Largest RV Show. For more information and air times, visit www.hgtv.com. The 2014 America’s Largest RV Show will be held Sept. 8–14. To learn more about the event, visit www.largestRVshow.com.

 

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PRVCA Reports Record Attendance at Hershey

September 20, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

RVs line the Giant Center grounds in Hershey, Pa.

The Pennsylvania RV and Campground Association (PRVCA) reported that America’s Largest RV Show, held Sept. 9-15 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa., 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%.

“We are very pleased with the both the increase in show space and attendance,” said Rebecca Lenington, executive vice president of the host PRVCA. “We sold out of booth vendor space inside the Giant Center very early and added 56 booths outside to keep up with the demand while manufacturer space was extended even further into the parking area. We have plans on adding additional vendor space outside and expanding the manufacturer space for 2014.”

Industry Days opened the show on Sept. 9-10 allowing dealers one-on-one time with manufacturers and the opportunity to see the debut of the 2014 products. “There’s a lot of value in Hershey’s Industry Days,” said Dan Saltzgiver, general manager of Camping World of Hanover and show chairman. “The show allows dealers and campgrounds to have the first glimpse of the new product and familiarize themselves with the models.”

Lori Morrow of Keller Marine and RV added, “I always value my two industry days at the show because I get to spend quality time with customers. I could never drive to these dealers and get to talk with all of them in two days’ time. I look forward to this one-on-one time every year.”

Industry Days also included a variety of well-attended education clinics focusing on RV technician training, parts management and campground trends along with a “Red Carpet Breakfast” featuring NFL’s Rod Woodson and the annual party at Hersheypark.

Retail days, running Sept. 11-15, brought consumers who were ready to buy, according to PRVCA. “The show is fabulous,” said Saltzgiver. “We had an unbelievable day on Saturday. It’s really a great sign that things are turning the corner for the economy. The buyers are here.”

“We had a very successful show,” noted Jeff Fiske with Ocean RV Center. “We’ve made a lot of people happy campers this week, and we have a lot of trailers to deliver this fall.”

Adam Gudger, national sales Manager, diesel division for Thor Motor Coach, reported, “Sales were awesome. We had tons of activity and enthusiastic buyers.”

Steve Fretz, owner of Fretz RV, noted, “It is probably our best show since we’ve been coming to Hershey.”

PRVCA said manufacturers and dealers were not the only ones enjoying the show. “This was the first time we brought our EMU electric trikes to the show and it will not be the last,” says Ian Shearer of the American Scooter Co. “It was the best show we have ever attended. Not only that, but the first day for the public was the best sales day EMU Trikes has ever had in our history.”

The universal appeal of RVing, as well as the ability to shop and compare so many manufacturers at one place, continues to attract thousands of people to Hershey, including younger families. “Strolling inside and outside America’s Largest RV Show this year, I was struck by how many younger families with kids there were,” says “RV Doctor” Gary Bunzer. “And many were buying. The dealers and manufacturers catering to the younger crowd, especially those with entry-level or mid-priced RVs, probably hit a home run. It was quite encouraging to see so many 20- and 30-somethings at the displays.”

Bunzer, who is a featured speaker at the show, noted that younger attendees even attended his daily seminars.  “ It tells me they are serious about RVing,” he said. “I think that’s a very good sign for the RV Industry and the future of this show.”

America’s Largest RV Show 2014 will be held on Sept. 8–14. For more information, visit www.largestRVshow.com.

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VIDEO 1: ‘Hershey RV Show’ Kicking Off Today

September 9, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

America’s Largest RV Show opens today (Sept. 9) at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. According to a press release, the event will kick off with two Industry Day followed by Public Days Sept. 11-15.

To view a video featuring Gary Bunzer, “The RV Doctor,” click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.

The host Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA) is anticipating record participation from exhibitors, including manufacturers exhibiting all-new 2014 products.

In addition there will be a full roster of training seminars. Today’s lineup includes RV technician training from Lippert Components Inc. and Gary Motley. Attendees can learn about Lippert’s Schwintek slideout, 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. The fee is $50 per person, which 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 Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA) PAC fund. Rod 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). Attendees will earn five RVDA Continuing Education Units (CEU) for attending this seminar.

Tom Romero of Cequent Performance Products will be hosting a seminar on Reese-Tekonsha-Bulldog Training from 10 a.m.-noon. The session will cover 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 RV park trends. The 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 ARVC Outdoor Hospitality Professional certificate class.

For more information visit www.largestRVshow.com.

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RVIA & HGTV Partners for ’14 RV Product Show

August 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) is now working with producers of HGTV’s annual RV special, which has premiered on New Year’s Day for the past 13 years, for the 2014 edition of the program, which has been the cable networks highest rated special for the past several years.

According to the RVIA, filming will take place at America’s Largest RV Show in Hershey, Pa., show in early September. RV manufacturers are being asked to forward information about new models, features, innovations or accessories that their company will have on display at the event to RVIA’s director of media relations at kbroom@rvia.org or by calling him at (703) 620-6003, ext. 304.

While RVIA cannot guarantee your product will be featured, RVIA would like to be sure producers are aware of the newest, most innovative and interesting products our industry is making.

 

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Hershey Show Offers Education, Training Events

August 12, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

America’s Largest RV Show is holding several education clinics and special events Sept. 9-10 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa., according to a press release.

Monday’s lineup includes RV technician training from Lippert Components Inc. and Gary Motley. Attendees can learn about Lippert’s Schwintek slideout, 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. The fee is $50 per person, which 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 Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA) PAC fund. Rod 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). Attendees will earn five RVDA Continuing Education Units (CEU) for attending this seminar.

Tom Romero of Cequent Performance Products will be hosting a seminar on Reese-Tekonsha-Bulldog Training from 10 a.m.-noon. The session will cover 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 RV park trends. The 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 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.

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PRVCA Announces Hershey Clinics for Sept. 10

July 2, 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.

Tuesday Clinics include:

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.

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.

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Hershey RV Show Shoppers in a ‘Buying Mood’

September 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Upscale motor coaches, along with popup tents, travel trailers and accessories – everything from travel coffee mugs to golf carts – enjoyed strong sales at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa., during last week’s America’s Largest RV Show, hosted by the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA).

“They’re cranking. Business is booming in every aspect,” said Frank Davis with Camping World RV Sales.

The Patriot News reported that show organizers saw a record turnout Wednesday (Sept. 12) with more than 6,000 people through the gates. Davis said in two days he sold 29 motor coaches and a total of more than 200 items including trailers and campers.

Shoppers were out in full force, despite higher gas prices, checking out the latest models and taking advantage of interest rates as low as 3.9% for a 20-year loan, according to Davis, adding that he hadn’t heard anyone say gas prices are not preventing them from making a purchase

“It’s like buying a Corvette and asking about fuel economy,” he said.

Mario Pelletier of Annapolis, Md., said his motor coach gets about seven to eight miles per gallon but the trade-off is he and is wife, Denise, save money by pulling into camp grounds where it costs about $30 to $40 a night versus $200 for a hotel room.

He was canvassing the show in search of accessories, things like a GPS designed for Winnebago owners listing camp sites, service stations and restaurants. He was also checking into electrical isolation systems and tire sensors.

“Camping is a lifestyle. You have to love it,” he said.

“Sold” signs decorated several trailers at Grumbine’s RV lot at the show. The company is based in Harrisburg.

“This by far has been one of the best shows in three years,” said Steve Jablonski, sales manager. “I really think it’s kind of a renewed confidence in the economy. It seems to be a lot stronger than the past couple of years.”

He said he has noticed everyone from retirees to young families making purchases. They are spending $20,000 to $30,000, and not just on any one type of travel trailer.

“It’s all over the board. I can’t nail down a trend. It’s everything,” Jablonski said.

Rick and Beth Roberts of Columbia, Md., Were eyeing a Starcraft travel trailer at Grumbine’s. The couple , with two young boys in tow, said they are considering trading up from their current travel trailer.

Rick Roberts was especially enticed by the deals.

“They come here ready and willing to deal. They’ve already marked down a lot of their product line,” he said.

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Hershey Show Eclipses Record for Opening Day

September 14, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Over 1,000 RVs are on display at the Hershey Show

Crystal blue skies provided a fitting backdrop for Wednesday’s (Sept. 12) opening of Public Days during this week’s America’s Largest RV Show, as organizers reported a record gate far eclipsing any first-day attendance for the longstanding event in Hershey, Pa.

“We tallied total attendance of 6,485,” said Dan Saltzgiver, show chairman for the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA), which annually hosts the event held on the expansive grounds at the Giant Center. “We thought last year was great when we had 5,057 attendees. We’re looking at a 23% increase over those numbers. It just never stopped. At 11 a.m. the line was back across the bridge into the Giant Center and into the parking lot.”

Salzgiver said that the show, which kicked off Monday and Tuesday with Industry Days, was not only attracting strong numbers but also generating sales for the approximately 100 rolling stock dealers and the host of suppliers manning the indoor exhibits at the Giant Center. Prior to the show, PRVCA Executive Vice President Rebecca Lenington reported that over 1,000 RVs would pack the outdoor display area.

“Dealers have been telling me that sales were going great,” Saltzgiver said, adding, “Everyone I talked to was very upbeat.”

In addition to “perfect weather,” Saltzgiver attributed the overflow crowd to a heightened promotional effort by PRVCA. “We spent more money on advertising than ever before – including social media like Twitter and Facebook – along with running billboards across Pennsylvania that went up around eight weeks prior to the show,” he said.

Saltzgiver said another factor behind the record numbers was the Hershey Show’s standing among RVers as “the place to come and see what’s new in the industry.”

“I have talked to a lot of people, and it was apparent that Hershey has evolved into the perfect venue for people shopping for a new RV,” he said. “It’s just grown year after year. They’re not just coming from the Pennsylvania region, but all parts of the U.S. and Canada. And they come to buy. I heard that a lot of people that had bought during a previous show were back to purchase again, so we’re getting repeat Hershey Show buyers.”

The show runs through Sunday and Saltzgiver is looking for a continuation of opening day. “The weather forecast is great,” he said, “so I don’t see a major slowdown in traffic. We are looking to add to those record first-day numbers.”

 

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Hershey Show Featuring Full Slate of Seminars

August 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Industry Days at America’s Largest RV Show, held Sept. 10–11 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa., offers “something for every facet of the RV industry,” according to a news release.

The annual show, hosted by the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA), will feature a full roster of education clinics at affordable prices.

Scheduled events include:

• The opening day lineup includes an F&I Clinic with speaker Tim Spencer from Protective Asset Protection. This one-day training course focuses on the finance and insurance function in the RV dealership. Learn everything from the laws and regulations to creating a higher rate of customer satisfaction. Fee is $50 per person, which includes lunch.

• During a seminar offered on both Monday and Tuesday, Don Bary will explain how to get RV technicians certified without having to pay for costly hotels and travel expenses. The RV Technician Distance Learning Program allows students to study from the comfort of their home. Registration is free.

• Tuesday kicks off with an all-star morning at Chocolate World that includes a breakfast, inspirational message and “Meet and Greet” with former NFL running back Marcus Allen. Autographed footballs, mini-helmets and photos are available for purchase and benefits the PRVCA PAC fund. Allen will also share his secrets on how you too can become a champion. Fee is $25 per person, which includes breakfast.

• A service writer clinic, conducted by Chuck Marzahn, starts off a full education day at the Giant Center. The clinic will allow service writers, service managers and others a chance to look at the very basics of service writers and learn practical strategies to help their businesses. Fee is $50 per person, which includes lunch. Bonus: Earn 5 RVDA CEUs for attending this seminar.

• Bernie Jwaszewski will show how to navigate the sea of social networking. Learn how to make it work for your business with the help of Jwaszewski’s insight and experience. Registration is free. Bonus: Earn 1 CPO credit by attending this seminar.

• Ron Wheeler of Wheeler Advertising, which specializes in marketing for RV dealerships, will lead “How to Advertise in a Complex Marketplace.” Advertising in today’s world is a difficult job, especially with so many different choices. Wheeler will offer tips on understanding the world of digital, mobile social and traditional marketing. Fee is $50 per person. Bonus: Earn 3.5 CPO credits for attending this seminar.

To register for any of the events, visit www.largestRVshow.com, select Industry Info, then view the Show Invitation or call (888) 303.2887.

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Marcus Allen Slated at Hershey Show Breakfast

June 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Marcus Allen

This year’s Red Carpet Breakfast at America’s Largest RV Show in Hershey, Pa., will include a meet-and-greet with former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL Hall of Famer Marcus Allen, who will deliver the keynote address at the Sept. 11 event.

According to a press release, the breakfast is slated to begin at 7:30 a.m. at Chocolate World in the Giant Center with the meet-and-greet scheduled for 9 a.m. Autographed photos, helmets and footballs will be available for purchase with proceeds going to the PRV PAC. The registration fee is $25.

Allen played more games (222), rushed for more touchdowns (123), and caught more passes than any other running back in his era. The former MVP of Super Bowl XVIII and NFL Rookie of the Year was inducted into the Hall of Fame on August 3, 2003.

He began his NFL career in 1982 and played 16 years with both the Oakland Raiders and the Kansas City Chiefs. During that time he posted 12,243 yards rushing, 5,411 yards receiving and scored 145 total touchdowns. At the time of his retirement he was the only player in NFL history with over 10,000 yards rushing and 5,000 yards receiving.

America’s Largest RV Show, hosted by the Pennsylvania RV & Camping Association (PRVCA), will run Sept. 12-16.

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