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Another Banner Year for Hershey RV Show?

August 24, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Hershey Show promo coverOrganizers of the 42nd Annual Pennsylvania RV & Camping Show, America’s largest RV show, are looking for this year’s Hershey Show to give the RV industry – RV parks and campgrounds, manufacturers and their suppliers included – the kick it needs to continue digging out of the forgettable recession of 2008-09.

The U.S. economy has not leaped back into good health as quick as many had hoped this year, but the Hershey Show is coming along like gangbusters.

Fifty-three manufacturers showing 900 RVs along with 120 vendors will be on hand for Industry Days, Sept. 13-14, and Public Days, Sept. 15-19, at Hersheypark Entertainment & Resorts Complex in Hershey, Pa. The show, sponsored by the 368-member Pennsylvania Recreation Vehicle & Camping Association (PRVCA), will cover 1.6 million square feet of display space.

“The show is going to be fabulous,” veteran RV dealer and longtime show chairman Dan Saltzgiver told RVBUSINESS.com. “We’re more than 20% ahead of where we were when the show went off last year.”

The park model village, annually the nation’s largest display of recreational park trailers, is sold out and will feature some 30 units.

More than 30,000 people are expected to attend the show, which draws consumers from across the eastern U.S. and Canada and again this year will serve as a venue for Home & Garden TV (HGTV), which is returning to film its annual special “RV 2011″ at the show. According to the program’s producer, the show is one of HGTV’s most watched specials.

“HGTV’s access to America’s largest RV show in Hershey, Pa., is valuable to creating the network’s annual special about RVs,” said Bill Myers, director of original programming at HGTV. “HGTV’s ‘RV 2011,’ which will premiere next spring, will feature exciting new RV trends, the latest models and features that our viewers are eager to see.”

“We are always excited that HGTV chooses to film their program at America’s largest RV show,” said PRVCA Vice President Rebecca “Becky” Lenington. “It’s a great way for everyone to see what’s new and exciting in the world of RVing.”

The Hershey Show, by the same token, is important for manufacturers, dealers, vendors and park owners as it often provides a first look at 2011 products, including recreational park trailers.

As of today (Aug. 24) here are the manufacturers registered to exhibit at the show:

  • Born Free Motorcoach Inc.
  • Bridgeview Mfg. LLC
  • Carriage Inc.
  • Cavco Inc.
  • Chariot Eagle Inc.
  • Coachmen Division of Forest River Inc.
  • Columbia Northwest Inc./Aliner
  • Crossroads RV
  • Cruiser RV LLC
  • Damon Motor Coach
  • Direct RV Inc.
  • DRV LLC
  • Dutch Park Homes Inc.
  • Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc.
  • Dynamax Corp.
  • Earthbound RV LLC
  • Evergreen Recreational Vehicles LLC
  • Fairmont Park Trailers
  • Fleetwood RV Inc.
  • Forest River Inc.
  • Four Winds International
  • Galileo RV
  • Glacier Bay RV
  • Gulf Stream Coach Inc.
  • Heartland RV
  • Jayco Inc.
  • Keystone RV Co.
  • Kropf Industries Inc.
  • KZ RV LLC
  • Lance Camper Manufacturing Corp.
  • Legacy RV LLC
  • Monaco RV LLC
  • New Horizons RV Corp.
  • Newmar Corp.
  • NuWa Industries Inc.
  • Open Range RV Co.
  • Palomino Puma
  • Peterson Industries Inc.
  • Phoenix USA Inc.
  • Pleasure-Way Industries Ltd.
  • Prime Time Manufacturing/Forest River Inc.
  • Renegade/Kibbi Inc.
  • Roadtrek Motorhomes Inc.
  • Rocky Mountain Inc.
  • Silver Top Manufacturing Co. Inc.
  • Skyline Corp.
  • Sunnybrook RV Inc.
  • Sunset Park and RV Inc.
  • The Barn Yard
  • Tiffin Motor Homes Inc.
  • TrailManor Inc.
  • Triple E LLC/Leisure Travel Vans
  • Winnebago Industries Inc.
  • Woodland Park Inc.
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HGTV Returns to Pennsylvania RV & Camping Show

July 15, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

largest_show_with_yearHGTV (Home & Garden TV) will once again be filming its annual special RV 2010 at the Pennsylvania RV & Camping Show Sept. 16-20 at the GIANT Center in Hershey Pa.

According to the program’s producer, the show is one of HGTV’s most watched specials.

This year, HGTV is looking to feature real families as they explore hundreds of RVs on display at the show, according to a news release. Each family would be filmed over the course of a single day as they look at vehicles, try out new features and talk to the camera about their experiences giving viewers a consumer perspective on the RVs rather than just one of a salesperson.

Three families, with or without children, will be chosen.  The most important trait is a fun outgoing personality; however having an interest in and knowledge of the RV world is a plus.

People interested in this opportunity may e-mail the producer, Matt Carter, at mcarter@nancyglassproductions.com and include their name, age, location, a description of their family and a recent photo.

For a complete list of exhibiting RV manufacturers, accessories and free seminars, visit www.largestRVshow.com

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