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2013 Hershey RV Show Aims for Record Crowds

August 8, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Blue skies hover over Hershey, Pa., site of the nation's largest retail RV show

The Hershey Show, officially known as America’s Largest RV Show by the sponsoring Pennsylvania RV & Camping Association (PRVCA), has become the kickoff venue for the RV industry to unveil its new model year lines on a national scale to both a trade and consumer audience. And this year’s event – set for Sept 9-15 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. – should go a long way toward reinforcing that reputation.

“The show is doing as good as it’s ever done in the sense of we’re virtually sold out for vendor space inside and we created more area outside,” reports Show Chairman Dan Saltzgiver, general manager for Camping World of Hanover (Pa.). “And then there’s the manufacturers’ space, which was all but sold out at the show drawing going back to the first week of May. Since then, what little space we had, Becky (Lenington, PRVCA executive director) pretty much has it all sold. She actually converted one area that we haven’t used in the manufacturers’ space to try to accommodate some more manufacturers.”

The good news, in a nutshell, from PRVCA:

• Through the end of July, the Hershey Show’s sold space totaled 817,120 net square feet versus 745,127 net square feet in 2012.

• The show’s total square footage as of mid-July: 1.54 million gross square feet.

• Outdoor manufacturer space is up 18% for this year’s show and the number of displays has increased by about 50 booths.

• The sold-out Giant Center is scheduled to house 238 booths. “Inside the Giant Center, the arena downstairs is sold out and then there is the upstairs mezzanine, Saltzgiver told Woodall’s Campground Management. “We are sold out all around there for retail days for sure. And we’re working to get it sold for wholesale days as well. We sell some of that space twice. If someone is only coming for retail, then we resell it for wholesale.”

Attendance Goal

PRVCA, in turn, wants to top 2012’s record-breaking, public day attendance of 43,131, a 29% uptick from 2011. And it wants to surpass the 2,022 attendees registered on last year’s trade days, a 12.77% from 2011. “Even though it doesn’t appear that way, we’ve been increasing the wholesale number of dealers each year,” said Saltzgiver. “So, while that’s not the size yet that we’d like to see it, we’re being told by the manufacturers that it’s still important to them.”

That said, PRVCA won’t be attempting to return the show’s square footage to its all-time, pre-recessionary high because the association has decided not to try to expand beyond the eastside foot bridge to the adjacent Giant Center parking lots, a configuration that just didn’t seem to work for everybody. “I don’t know if we’ll ever get over that (modern high point) as long as the show committee agrees with me that we shouldn’t go across the road again,” said Saltzgiver.

“That just created a lot of problems for the manufacturers on that side, as well as customers going over to that side,” added Saltzgiver. “It’s one of the things on which we made a decision as a group. Things could change. But right now we’re deciding not to use that side so that it’s better for our retail customer coming in as well as the manufacturers and suppliers that exhibit at that show.”

Hershey Show Seminars

Meanwhile, PRVCA is adding some new thought-provoking trade day sessions: Lippert Components Inc. and Gary Motley, a master certified RV maintenance technician representing Motley RV Repair, Oklahoma City, Okla., will be presenting a full-day training clinic, qualifying attendees for six recertification hours. David Gorin, an RV park owner, consultant and founder of Best Parks of America, will present a seminar on “RV Park Trends.” And consultant Chuck Marzahn will present a Parts Manager Clinic.

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2013 Hershey Show’s Nearing Sold Out Status

June 27, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Nearly 2,000 RVs were on display at last year's Hershey Show

The Hershey Show, officially known as America’s Largest RV Show by the sponsoring Pennsylvania RV & Camping Association (PRVCA), has become the kickoff venue for the RV industry to unveil its new model year lines on a national scale to both a trade and consumer audience. And this year’s event — set for Sept 9-15 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. — should go a long way toward reinforcing that reputation.

“The show is doing as good as it’s ever done in the sense that we’re virtually sold out for vendor space inside and we created more area outside,” Show Chairman Dan Saltzgiver, general manager for Camping World of Hanover (Pa.), told RVBUSINESS.com. “And then there’s the manufacturers’ space, which was all but sold out at the show drawing going back to the first week of May. Since then, what little space we had, Becky (Lenington, PRVCA executive director) pretty much has it all sold. She actually converted one area that we haven’t used in the manufacturers’ space to try to accommodate some more manufacturers.”

The good news, in a nutshell, from PRVCA:

• Through the end of June, the Hershey Show’s sold space totaled 817,120 net square feet versus 745,127 net square feet in 2012.

• The show’s total square footage as of mid-June: 1.54 million gross square feet.

• Outdoor manufacturer space is up 18% for this year’s show and the number of displays has increased by about 50 booths.

•  The sold-out Giant Center is scheduled to house 238 booths.

“Inside the Giant Center, the arena downstairs is sold out and then there is the upstairs mezzanine,” Saltzgiver said. “We are sold out all around there for retail days for sure. And we’re working to get it sold for wholesale days as well. We sell some of that space twice. If someone is only coming for retail, then we resell it for wholesale.”

PRVCA, in turn, wants to top 2012’s record-breaking, public day attendance of 43,131, a 29% uptick from 2011. And it wants to surpass the 2,022 attendees registered on last year’s trade days, a nearly 13% from 2011. “Even though it doesn’t appear that way, we’ve been increasing the wholesale number of dealers each year,” said Saltzgiver. “So, while that’s not the size yet that we’d like to see it, we’re being told by the manufacturers that it’s still important to them.”

That said, PRVCA won’t be attempting to return the show’s square footage to its all-time, pre-recessionary high because the association has decided not to try to expand beyond the eastside foot bridge to the adjacent Giant Center parking lots, a configuration that just didn’t seem to work for everybody. “I don’t know if we’ll ever get over that (modern high point) as long as the show committee agrees with me that we shouldn’t go across the road again,” said Saltzgiver.

“That just created a lot of problems for the manufacturers on that side, as well as customers going over to that side,” he added. “It’s one of the things on which we made a decision as a group. Things could change. But right now we’re deciding not to use that side so that it’s better for our retail customer coming in as well as the manufacturers and suppliers that exhibit at that show.”

Meanwhile, PRVCA is adding some new thought-provoking trade day sessions: Lippert Components Inc. and Gary Motley, a master certified RV maintenance technician representing Motley RV Repair, Oklahoma City, Okla., will be presenting a full-day training clinic, qualifying attendees for six recertification hours. David Gorin, an RV park owner, consultant and founder of Best Parks of America Inc., will present a seminar on “RV Park Trends.” And consultant Chuck Marzahn will present a Parts Manager Clinic.

 

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Next Distance Learning Course Will Cover PDI

June 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The next course in the Pennsylvania RV & Camping Association (PRVCA) and Northampton Community College’s RV Technician Distance Learning Program begins July 1.

According to a press release, students who enroll in the Pre-Delivery Inspection course can simply log-in online to receive course information, talk with the instructor, complete hands-on assignments and take quizzes, allowing the course can be completed on the student’s time frame and schedule. For those who are already a certified technician, the program also qualifies for 28 recertification hours.

Course Details: The PDI is one of the most common tasks associated with a selling RV dealership service shop. All new RVs must be “PDI’d” prior to delivery to the retail customer. Here, the students proceed, step by step, through the process of performing a quality PDI. Troubleshooting and repair techniques are not the focus of this course; rather this course teaches how to actually inspect and test the viability of all components found in every major system. All electrical, LP and plumbing gear, as well as all safety components and add-on accessories are closely inspected and operated.

After successful completion of this course the student will effectively be able to:

• Define the scope of a PDI (inspection and documentation)

• Review the information on a PDI sheet.

• Perform hot skin test and neutral-ground isolation test.

• Conduct a polarity test.

• Check generator operation and output.

• Check AC electrical system performance (including transfer switch and GFCI).

• Verify operation of all 120-volt AC appliances.

• Check battery condition.

• Check interior and exterior lighting.

• Check DC electrical system performance.

• Verify operation of all 12-volt appliances.

• Inspect LP container installation and understand data plate information.

• Conduct an LP drop pressure test.

• Adjust LP regulator operating pressure.

• Conduct LP regulator lock-up test.

• Document and verify any and all test results.

• Check appliance operation and performance.

• Leak test waste system and holding tanks.

• Check and flush the waste systems.

• Check the fresh water supply and drain system.

• Check water pump operation.

• Flood test holding tanks.

• Check termination valves and caps.

• Check holding tank mounting.

• Perform drain system flow test.

• Check tire pressure.

• Check lug nut torque.

• Conduct under-vehicle visual inspection.

• Verify operation of DOT lighting.

• Check automotive fluid levels, belts and hoses.

• Verify operation of all switches, indicators and gauges.

• Check operation of back-up monitor and mirrors.

• Road test RV.

• Check landing gear, stabilizers and tongue jacks of travel trailers and fifth-wheels.

• Adjust and set up electric brake system on tow vehicle.

• Document and record defects.

• Clean and detail RV.

• Check interior and exterior surface finishes.

• Check furniture and soft goods operation and appearance.

• Verify correct window, door and storage compartment operation.

• Ensure operation of all locks and keys.

• Install OEM loose items.

• Verify operation of CO and LP leak detectors and smoke alarms.

• Check and inspect fire extinguishers.

Tuition cost is $190. Employees of PRVCA members will receive a 50% reimbursement on tuition and textbooks upon successful completion of the course. The course qualifies for 28 RV Technician recertification credit hours.

All courses qualify for recertification credit hours. To register for the courses, visit https://lifelearn.northampton.edu/modules/ and create a username and password. If you have any trouble registering for the course, call Northampton Community College at (877) 543-0998. To purchase the textbooks required for the course, contact heather@prvca.org or call (888) 303-2887. The courses materials are supported by RVIA and feature competency-based instruction, assignments and testing.

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PRVCA Issues ’13 Explore Pennsylvania Guide

February 7, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

PRVCA's Explore Pennsylvania guide

The Pennsylvania RV & Camping Association (PRVCA) announced the release of the 2013 edition of Explore Pennsylvania.

The official PRVCA membership directory and consumer magazine features 52 pages of RV and camping tips designed to give readers the latest information in RV trends and make their next adventure to Pennsylvania a great one, according to a news release from the Camp Hill, Pa.-based PRVCA.

This year’s publication features 14 different Pennsylvania farm markets to explore, seasonal camping information, tips on how to stay connected to the RV community, fun at America’s Largest RV Show and more.

This guide contains a PRVCA membership directory connecting readers to campgrounds, dealers, suppliers, manufacturers and other services. The listings contain contact information and a brief description of the products and services available.

The dealerships and campgrounds are divided into five geographic regions making it easy to find an RV dealer or campground in the location desired. Manufacturers, service, suppliers, transport, rentals, press, insurance, finance, distributors, associations and after market dealers are listed alphabetically by category. The guide also includes attractions and events in each geographic area.

PRVCA said 75,000 copies of Explore Pennsylvania will be distributed at over 40 RV shows throughout the East Coast (including America’s Largest RV Show in Hershey, Pa.). The magazine will also be on PRVCA’s website, at member locations, at welcome centers along the Pennsylvania Turnpike, through Pennsylvania visitor’s bureaus and at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind.

For more information, visit www.prvca.org.  To receive a free copy, call the PRVCA office at (888) 303-2887.

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Hershey RV Show Eyes April 6 Show Drawing

March 15, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

PRVCA gears up for 2011 show.

PRVCA gears up for 2011 show.

RV season will soon be in full swing and the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Show, America’s largest RV show, is preparing for another record-breaking show in Hershey, Pa., show sponsors stated in a news release.

The 2011 show will be Sept. 14-18.

“The 2010 Pennslvania RV & Camping Show had a record year with over 35,000 people in attendance,” Rebecca Lenington, Pennsylvania RV & Camping Association (PRVCA) executive vice president said. “We are planning another great show that will exceed the expectations of both exhibitors and attendees.”

The Pennsylvania RV & Camping Show is the first show in the nation with 2012 products and has the largest display of park trailers in the country. There’s no better place for companies to promote their latest products, talk to their current customers and network with new contacts, Lenington continued. Hershey provides many venues for manufacturers to host their own exclusive event for their customers, or they can host an “after hours” event on-site at their show display. The show is also unique because it incorporates both trade and retail days creating a successful hybrid show that benefits the RV industry and consumers alike.

The deposit deadline to participate in the May 5 show drawing is April 6.

For more information on how reserve your space at America’s largest RV show or to register for the event, visit www.largestRVshow.com or call (888) 303-2887

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