The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) reports that pre-registration for the National RV Trade Show is going strong, and hotels in Louisville, Ky., are experiencing strong demand for accommodations.
With the show fast approaching, RVIA is reminding industry members about important preregistration, registration and badge pickup information, according to a report in RVIA Today.
Show attendees have until Nov. 8 to submit requests for show credentials and have the badges mailed to them. Attendees submitting their badge requests after Nov. 8 but before Nov. 18 will be able to pick up their badges at the show. After Nov. 18, attendees will need to register onsite. To request show registration materials, please contact RVIA’s Meetings and Shows Department at (703) 620-6003, ext. 305.
Attendees can avoid registration lines on the opening day of the National RV Trade Show by picking up their badges on Dec. 2 from 8 am to 5 pm. Pre-registered attendees with badges can pick up badgeholders and preregistered attendees who weren’t mailed their badges can pick up their badges at “Will Call.” Registration will be located in the main registration area in front of the Arena/Freedom Hall entrance. On Dec. 2, registration for badges will also be available to those attendees who have not previously registered.
For those industry members who preregistered and will attend Outlook 2014: EVERYWHERE on the morning of Dec. 3, two badgeholder pick up stations will be open at 7 a.m. One station will be in the South Wing C Lobby and the other by the escalators that go up to the Mezzanine Ballroom where the Outlook 2014 breakfast will be held. Attendees should enter the building through the South Wing C Lobby. Once again through the courtesy of Chevrolet GM Fleet and Commercial Operations, there will be four shuttle vans operating in the parking lot starting on Dec. 3 that will pick attendees up at their vehicles and take them to the South Wing C Lobby entrance.
RV dealers who want to attend Outlook 2014 but have not preregistered will be able to do so at either of the badgeholder pick up stations in the South Wing C lobby starting at 7 a.m. on Dec. 3. These badges will be prepared and waiting for attendees at the badgeholder pickup station at the foot of the escalators when they exit Outlook 2014. Unfortunately, other attendees who are subject to registration fees will have to go to the main registration lobby to obtain their show badges. Registration in the main lobby will also be open at 7 am on Dec. 3.
The National RV Trade Show is scheduled for Dec. 3-5 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Attendees will not be able to access the show floor until Dec. 3. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 3-4 and 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 5.
The 17th annual Canada Night Dinner will be held Dec. 2 as part of the National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., according to a press release.
The dinner, an exclusive events for Canadian industry members, is slated for 5:30 p.m with a cocktail reception. Shortly after cocktails, Camping Canada’s RV Lifestyle Magazine and Dealer News will present the 2013 Walter Paseska Canadian RV Dealer of the Year Award.
This year’s nominees include: Ian Moore of Big Boy’s Toys, Kyle Redmond of Bucars RV Centre, Terry Rumpel of Glenwood RV Centre and Herb Cowen of Pike Lake Golf Centre.
The guest speaker for the evening is Michael ‘Pinball’ Clemons, a former all-star running back, Grey Cup winning coach, president and CEO, and now the vice-chair for the Toronto Argonauts. RVDA of Canada said Clemons is known for inspiring audiences by demonstrating what it means to beat the odds and encouraging listeners to use teamwork to achieve their goals.
Register by Nov. 25 for $65 per person ($85 at the door). Dinner will begin at 7 p.m.
The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) will offer two seminars at the 51st National RV Trade Show, taking place Dec. 3-5 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, designed to help RV dealers boost sales and increase profitability.
According to a press release, “Selling Has Nothing To Do With Selling” from Richard Farrell, president of Tangent Knowledge Systems, takes place on Dec. 4, from 8-9 a.m. The seminar will examine the way customers buy, select suppliers, build relationships and view salespeople in a market dramatically changed by the Internet, and offer strategies to succeed in this new environment.
Farrell is an internationally recognized sales training and development consultant who has been featured in many media outlets, including NBC, PBS, The Wall Street Journal, INC, and Businessweek.
“Increasing Your Sales Power to New Levels of Excellence” from Jerry Teplitz, president of Jerry Teplitz Enterprises, takes place on Dec. 5, from 8-9 a.m. Teplitz will share actual tools and techniques that can be applied immediately to all aspects of professional life to boost energy levels resulting in more productivity, creativity and sales.
Teplitz is an accomplished speaker and author, who along with co-author Tony Alessandra wrote a No. 1 best-seller on Amazon – “Switched-On Selling: Balance Your Brain for Sales Success.”
Both seminars will take place in the Second Floor Arena Concourse Ballroom. The cost for each session is $50 in advance or $60 onsite and includes breakfast. For more information, contact Huyen Deng in RVIA’s shows department at (703) 620-6003, ext. 305, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A few years ago, Forest River Inc. decided to have an open house event for recreational vehicle dealers to come to Elkhart, check out their products and maybe their facilities.
Since then, it turned into Elkhart RV Open House Week, a three-day (or four, for some manufacturers and dealers ) event which results in at least hundreds of millions of dollars worth of orders placed by dealers. As reported by The Elkhart Truth, that event has taken over as the major buying event, even though the annual Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) National RV Trade Show continues to happen in Louisville, Ky.
Several dealers from across North America said they continue to travel to the RVIA Louisville show after Thanksgiving, though the hands-on event in Elkhart is where they get the bulk of their buying done. In Louisville, manufacturers haul down a slice of their offerings. Here, many of them rolled out every floorplan offering of every brand so dealers could see exactly what each looks like.
For manufacturers, they reported anywhere from a tenth to a quarter of the year’s worth of orders were written between Sept. 16 and 19 at this year’s open house.
It takes some of the buying pressure off dealers in Louisville, and they reported enjoying a more social atmosphere at the RVIA trade show. They also get to see the Louisville show entirely indoors, so rains like those that rolled through Elkhart Thursday, Sept. 19, don’t dampen enjoyment at Louisville.
Elkhart holds another major bonus for dealers, though – the major manufacturers pick up a lot of the tab for a trip to Elkhart.
Thor and Forest River put up thousands of dealers in hotel rooms. Most, if not all, the manufacturers offered food for dealers, and Thor and Forest River offered entertainment in the evenings.
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With the RV market on the rise, industry representatives will look to keep the momentum going at the 51st National RV Trade Show, scheduled for Dec. 3-5 at the Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC) in Louisville, Ky.
According to a report in the latest issue of RVIA Today, the industry’s premier trade event is expected to draw 8,000 RV industry executives, including RV dealers, warehouse distributors, accessory store owners, campground operators and manufacturer and supplier exhibitor personnel. The latest model RVs, innovative products and business-improving services will be showcased in exhibits from 59 manufacturer and 210 supplier companies stretching across 715,950 square feet of exhibit space.
The National RV Trade Show will kick off with RVIA’s popular opening program, “Outlook 2014: Everywhere,” taking place from 7:30-9 a.m. in the Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC) South Wing Ballroom. The show will also feature informative seminars to help attendees boost business.
• “Selling Has Nothing To Do With Selling” from Richard Farrell, president of Tangent Knowledge Systems on Dec. 4, from 8–9 a.m. The seminar will examine the way customers buy, select suppliers, build relationships, and view sales people in a market dramatically changed by the internet and offer strategies to succeed in this new environment. Farrell is an internationally recognized sales training and development consultant who has been featured in many media outlets, including NBC, PBS, The Wall Street Journal, INC, and Businessweek.
• “Increasing Your Sales Power to New Levels of Excellence” from Jerry Teplitz, president of Jerry Teplitz Enterprises takes place on Dec. 5, from 8–9 a.m. Teplitz will share actual tools and techniques that can be applied immediately to all aspects of professional life to boost energy levels resulting in more productivity, creativity and sales. Teplitz is an accomplished speaker and author, who along with co-author Tony Alessandra wrote a No. 1 best-seller on Amazon – Switched-On Selling: Balance Your Brain for Sales Success. The seminars will take place in the Second Floor Arena Concourse Ballroom. The cost for each session is $50 in advance or $60 on-site and includes breakfast. For more information, contact Huyen Deng in RVIA’s Shows department at (703) 620-6003, ext. 305 or email@example.com.
The National RV Trade Show also offers attendees the opportunity to learn about a various industry resources available to them. Industry members can visit the Go RVing booth to learn more about how to tie into the highly successful “AWAY” national advertising campaign at the local level in the upcoming year.
Information about RV technician certification and training opportunities is available at the RVIA Education booth. For more information about the National RV Trade Show, including the availability of show space, call RVIA’s Show Department at (703) 620-6003, ext. 365.
Fifty-eight manufacturers and 190 suppliers were assigned display space totaling 711,649 square feet for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) 51st Annual National RV Trade Show during the annual space drawing held July 19 at association headquarters in Reston, Va.
According to a press release, the total represents an increase over the 706,503 square feet of exhibit space assigned at the same time last year.
In the manufacturer category, park model builder Canterbury RV drew the first assignment, followed by Fleetwood RV Inc.
Dometic Corp. drew first in the supplier exceptional use category. First draws also went to Fleming Sales in the 6-11 standard booth category and RV Web Services in the 1-5 standard booth category.
Exhibit space assignment was completed by using a lottery system established by RVIA. Joe Morales of Roadtrek Motorhomes Inc. attended and audited the lottery as exhibitor representatives.
The National RV Trade Show is scheduled for Dec. 3-5 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.
Limited exhibit space is still available for the show. For manufacturer space, contact Mike Hutya, vice president of meetings and shows at (800) 336-0154, ext. 332. For supplier space, contact Kelly Smith at ext. 365.
Officials of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) have agreed to return their largest annual trade show to the Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC) in Louisville, Ky., through 2015, with renewal options through 2019.
As reported by the Courier-Journal, RVIA’s National RV Trade Show is one of only five shows that use all 1.2 million square feet of the center’s exhibit space. It usually draws more than 12,000 attendees and generates nearly $8 million in local economic impact.
The 2013 trade show is scheduled for Dec. 3-5 at the center. The 50th anniversary event in 2012 drew 68 manufacturers and 235 suppliers displaying the latest recreational vehicles and related products. Attendees included dealers, warehouse distributors, accessory store owners and campground operators.
The show, which has been in Louisville for nearly 30 consecutive years, is not open to the public. For information, go to www.rvia.org.
While Los Angeles was showing myriad cars and crossovers, the RV industry held its national trade show in Louisville, Ky. Here are just a few of the interesting vehicles, as compiled by Truck Trend magazine.
Lance Camper Manufacturing Corp. debuted the 1172 dual-slide camper with dry bath, plenty of window area, bed space for five or six, and 42 gallons of fresh water. You will need a truck with a minimum 4000-pound payload capacity.
Thor Motor Coach joined the Super-C motorhome business with a 35-footer on an F-550 cab and chassis, while Dynamax has a taller-roof DynaQuest XL with floorplans to 39 feet on the Cummins-ISC powered Freightliner M2 chassis. Newmar Corp.’s all-new Dutch Star offers 10 floorplans from 38 to 42 feet, some with bath-and-a-half, on Freightliner XCR chassis, with Cummins ISL 400- or 450-hp engines.
On the trailer side, Gulf Stream Coach Inc. incorporated a bathroom with a slideout in some Gulf Breeze and Streamlite trailers for more changing room.
Airstream Inc. brings back the Land Yacht name, though this time on a concept trailer rather than production motorhome. The 28-foot Yacht is the result of a partnership with Tecnoform and a designer from Riva yachts, and features teak trim and white inlay boat-deck flooring, a galley that can be hidden when not needed, and a front bedroom/rear living arrangement able to host five overnight.
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Wakarusa, Ind.-based Prime Time Manufacturing Inc. introduced its “repositioned” Sanibel line at the Louisville Show, fashioning a four-season, luxury fifth-wheel priced to compete in the heart of the marketplace. “The luxury fifth-wheel segment had become an arms race,” noted Jeff Wagner, product manager for the Forest River Inc. subsidiary. “We cut MSRP’s by $10,000 to $15,000 without sacrificing quality or the amenities full-timers are looking for.” Ranging in lengths from 35 to 40 feet and a starting base MSRP of $49,995, the Sanibel maintains its full-timer two-year warranty with upgraded insulation exceeding R-50 in many areas that has been tested and approved at a temperature of minus-13 degrees Fahrenheit. Interiors are designed to accommodate extended stays with an all-residential furniture ensemble from Lane, dual ACs that provide zone cooling and heating, and LED lighting. A triple-slide 3600 Sanibel was showcased in Louisville featuring a rear entertainment floorplan with theater seating, an island kitchen, cherry wood cabinetry throughout and a bedroom suite with standard king-size bed.
The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) 50th National RV Trade Show, held Nov. 27-29 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., showcased 2013 product lines as well as the upbeat outlook and spirit of innovation that has seen the industry recover from the recession with three consecutive years of growth.
“Among exhibitors and attendees there was a real belief that the RV industry is strong and resilient and is well positioned for future success,” said RVIA President Richard Coon in a press release. “We still have some challenges in the market, but RV shipments are growing because people love RVs – what they represent and what RVs allow them to do.”
The RV industry’s premier event included 68 manufacturers and 235 suppliers displaying their newest and most innovative products across more than 725,000 square feet of exhibit space. Attendance totaled 7,658, down 6% from 2011. Total buying attendance, representing individual attendees in the RV dealer, accessory store, campground owner and warehouse distributor categories, was off 9%, declining to 2,978.
While attendance was lower than in previous years, manufacturers reported steady traffic and sales.
“We had an outstanding show that exceeded our expectations,” said Matt Buckman of Navistar RV. “We had steady traffic in our booth, and our sales through the first two days exceeded our three-day sales from last year by 40%.”
“KZ had a good show,” said Andy Baer of Shipshewana, Ind.-based KZRV LP. “Dealer traffic was lighter, but the quality was excellent. They were engaged with the product and were here in Louisville to buy.”
“We weren’t sure what to expect at Louisville because we had a big Open House,” said Nate Goldenberg of Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc., based in Goshen, Ind. “But, we’re 52% ahead of last year’s Louisville show, and 2011 was a record year for us.”
As part of the Outlook Breakfast that annually kicks off the Louisville Show, RVIA released details of a new shipments projection for 2013, prepared by economist Richard Curtin of the University of Michigan and RVIA’s Market Information Committee. The RV industry recovery from the economic downturn will continue to build strength in 2013, as shipments are expected to rise to 289,900 – a 4.5% increase over the projected 2012 total of 277,300 units.
The rise in shipments to 277,300 units by year-end 2012 would be a nearly 10% gain (9.9%) over the 2011 total of 252,300 and include double digit gains in conventional travel trailers and Class A motorhomes. The expected increase in 2013 would mark four consecutive years of RV market growth.
The 51st National RV Trade Show will take place Dec. 3-5, 2013, at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.