The Pennsylvania RV & Camping Association (PRVCA) announced the release of the 2012 edition of “Explore Pennsylvania.”
The official PRVCA membership directory and consumer magazine features 52 pages of RV and camping tips designed to give rears the latest information in RV trends and make their next adventure to Pennsylvania a great one, according to a news release.
This year’s publication features 10 Pennsylvania destinations to explore by RV, tips on purchasing the right RV, renting an RV, RVing with extended family, details on America’s Largest RV Show and a feature on Pennsylvania wine trails.
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. Also, members were able add the option of linking their listing on the online version to their website for only $25.
The dealerships and campgrounds are divided into five geographic regions making it easy to find an RV 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.
75,000 copies of “Explore Pennsylvania” will be distributed at over 40 RV shows throughout the East Coast (including America’s Largest RV Show). 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 the RV Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind.
Directories have been shipped to various PRVCA members for distribution. For more information visit www.prvca.org and select “Explore PA Magazine.” To receive a free copy, call the PRVCA office at (888) 303-2887.
The next RV Technician Distance Learning Course, Introduction to RV Services, will begin on Jan. 16 and run through Feb. 19, according to a press release.
The course, held online through Northampton Community College in partnership with the Pennsylvania Recreation Vehicle and Camping Association (PRVCA), delves into the workings of a typical RV dealership service center and exposes the student to the skills necessary to function within a dealership environment.
RV construction techniques are discussed as well as the proper care and use of hand tools. Safety, work habits and the introduction to RV Codes and Standards are also presented. A deeper look into the various job classifications and pay structures at the RV dealership gives the student a well-rounded view of what is possible after training and certification.
PRVCA member employees will receive 50% reimbursement on tuition after successful completion of a course. Upon completion, students will receive a certificate that can be faxed to the PRVCA office at 717-303-0297 and a check for 50% of the courses tuition will be mailed to the student. The courses can also go towards recertification credits. For more information, call the PRVCA office at 888-303-2887.
All of the courses are RVIA-approved and feature competency-based instruction, assignments and testing. To register for the courses, call Northampton Community College at 1-877-543-0998.
The Spring Schedule is as follows:
Introduction to RV Services (Beta 6001)
Jan. 16 to Feb. 19
28 credit hours
Tuition: $190 (after completion, cost to PRVCA member employees $95)
RV Liquid Propane Systems (Beta 6008)
Feb. 20 to March 25
28 credit hours
Tuition: $190 (after completion, cost to PRVCA member employees $95)
RV Water Heaters (Beta 6018)
March 26 – April 22
18 credit hours
Tuition: $125 (after completion, cost to PRVCA member employees $62.50)
The spring schedule for the RV Technician Distance Learning program at Northampton Community College, in partnership with the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA), has been set. According to a press release, PRVCA member employees will receive 50% reimbursement on tuition after successful completion of a course.
Upon completion, students will receive a certificate that can be faxed to the PRVCA office at 717-303-0297 and a check for 50% of the courses tuition will be mailed to the student. The courses can also go towards recertification credits (see course descriptions for each courses credits). For more information, call the PRVCA office at 888-303-2887.
The spring schedule is as follows:
• Introduction to RV Services (Beta 6001): Jan. 16 – Feb. 19; 28 credit hours; Tuition: $190 (after completion, cost to PRVCA member employees $95). This course is the logical entry point into the RV Technician Training Program. It delves into the workings of a typical RV dealership service center and exposes the student to the skills necessary to function within a dealership environment. RV construction techniques are discussed as well as the proper care and use of hand tools. Safety, work habits and the introduction to RV Codes and Standards are also presented. A deeper look into the various job classifications and pay structures at the RV dealership gives the student a well-rounded view of what is possible after training and certification.
• RV Liquid Propane Systems (Beta 6008): Feb. 20 – March 25; 28 credit hours; Tuition: $190 (after completion, cost to PRVCA member employees $95). The second of the three major systems found in recreation vehicles, the LP system, is dissected in detail. Since propane is flammable, safety precautions are emphasized right from the start and throughout the entire course. Here, the student studies the properties of propane as well as the types of containers used in the RV industry. Proper procedures for purging, storing and using LP, including the importance of regulation, are presented and performed on paper as well as during many hands-on assignments. RVIA-mandated tests are also perfected.
• RV Water Heaters (Beta 6018): March 26 – April 22; 18 credit hours; Tuition: $125 (after completion, cost to PRVCA member employees $62.50). Now that an understanding of propane and the delivery system within the RV has been mastered, the student begins a very detailed and in-depth look at the four LP-burning appliances common to most recreational vehicles. First up is the water heater. Identifying the various types of RV water heaters and their individual components moves quickly into the proper installation procedures. Operational problems are then dissected and repair procedures are studied to perfection.
All of the courses are RVIA-approved and feature competency-based instruction, assignments and testing. To learn more about the upcoming courses, please go to the PRVCA website at www.PRVCA.org and click on “Training.” To register for the courses, call Northampton Community College at 1-877-543-0998.
As a member benefit, the Pennsylvania Recreation Vehicle and Camping Association (PRVCA) is running a special offer for all employees of PRVCA members for Distance Learning Training for the 2011-2012 semesters.
According to a press release, upon successful completion of a Northampton Community College (NCC) distance learning course, students will be eligible for a 50% reimbursement on tuition. Students will receive a certificate of completion from NCC and can fax a copy of the certificate to the PRVCA office (717-303-0297). A check for 50% of the tuition will be sent to the employee.
The next RV Technician Distance Learning courses at Northampton Community College, in partnership with PRVCA, are set to begin Nov. 7. Those who missed the RV Generators course in September will have another opportunity to register for the class.
RV Generators will run from Nov. 7 through Jan. 15. This course provides the students a detailed look into generator sizing, installation, troubleshooting, repair and maintenance. Completion of the course can earn credit hours toward RVIA/RVDA recertification. The course costs $325 (Only $162.50 after reimbursement).
RV Towing Systems is also set to begin Nov. 7 and run through Dec. 8. All elements of RV towing are included in this course, including different towing configurations, electric trailer brakes, along with repair and maintenance. Hitch design and installation techniques are presented as well as all associated electrical wiring between tow vehicle and trailer. Safety elements are also stressed including weight data and all associated terminology. The tuition for this course is $190 (Only $95 after reimbursement).
To learn more about the upcoming courses, please go to the PRVCA website at: www.PRVCA.org and click on “Training.” To register for the course, call Northampton Community College at 1-877-543-0998.
The recently completed Pennsylvania RV and Camping Show in Hershey posted record attendance with a turnout of 36,410 people for the Retail Days alone, according to a press release.
Event organizers reported that the Sept. 12-18 event, billed as America’s Largest RV Show, saw a 4% increase in attendance from 2010 and set an all-time record. The show encompassed over 1.3 million square feet and had over 1,050 new units on display – an increase of 6% compared to last year. There were 165 booth vendors in attendance, representing a 15% increase over 2010, while manufacturer square footage increased by 5%.
This year’s show battled national media attention as flooding hit the area the week prior to opening. “We received hundreds of phone calls and e-mails asking if the show was still opening,” said Rebecca Lenington, executive vice president of the host Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA). “Thanks to the PRVCA staff and the understanding and the cooperation of our exhibitors, set-up of the show went as scheduled and we opened on time without having to make any changes to the show’s program.”
Industry Days were held the first two days of the event allowing dealers one-on-one time with manufacturers and the opportunity to see the debut of the 2012 products. “There’s a lot of value in Hershey’s Industry Days,” said Dan Saltzgiver, owner of Reicharts RV and Camping Center and show chairman. “We send staff to the show both days so that everyone has a chance to see the new product and get a chance to talk with manufacturer representatives and suppliers.”
The educational events were a popular draw with eight featured industry experts. Keynote speakers Randy Sobel and Scott McKain focused on operating in today’s economy, allowing attendees to walk away with some new approaches to their businesses.
PRVCA said that Retail Days attracted consumers who were ready to shop, representing a good sign for the industry as the show is generally regarded as a bellwether for the coming year. Comments included:
• “Consumer attitudes were positive and it looks like we’ll bypass our 2010 sales,” Nick Palm of Tiffin Motorhomes Inc. said. “We had an excellent show. (Owner) Bob Tiffin attended all retail days and was impressed with PRVCA’s management and consumers’ attitudes.”
• “PRVCA did a phenomenal job,” said Chris Colton, owner of Colton RV. “Sales have exceeded last year’s sales and we’ve sold more gas products than in the past. It was a good show and Mother Nature was on our side this week.”
• “We are very happy with how the show has been,” offered Gene Ulrich, sales manager of Stoltzfus RV of West Chester. “As of Saturday night, we surpassed any sales we’ve ever done.”
• “The show finished well for us and we’re pleased,” Don Laird, president of Lime Lake RV said. “A lot of people are really getting into the green phenomenon and that’s been a real plus for us.”
• “It was very encouraging to see such a positive consumer attitude,” said Jeff Kline, owner of Gayle Kline RV. “Sales are good.”
Supplier booth vendors also experienced good sales. “For a product debut, it was everything and more,” noted Drew Schiller, president and inventor of Bag Rack. “I received a lot of validation for the product and signed six distributors during Industry Days.”
The show also provided hourly seminars for both new and experienced RVers. “I get a lot of attendees in my seminars who have yet to purchase an RV,” Gary Bunzer, the RV Doctor, said. “They find value in being able to apply what we discuss in the seminars to make a better informed decision when they buy. And they know the Hershey Show is THE place to get a good deal on a brand new RV.
“Those who already have a coach, love, not only to look at the new models, but they glean value from the great educational topics presented at the show. I’m guessing everyone walks away with something; a new recreation vehicle, or a new product, or valuable information about maintaining their recreational investment. Everyone wins.”
The universal appeal of RVing, as well as the ability to shop and compare 56 manufacturers at one place, continues to attract thousands of people to Hershey. “We couldn’t be more pleased with the success of the 2011 Show,” Lenington stated. “We are in planning mode for next year’s show to make it even better.”
The 2012 PA RV & Camping Show will be held on September 10–16. For more information, visit www.largestRVshow.com.
Check out another round of new product that was on display during last week’s Pennsylvania RV and Camping Show in Hershey. The event is considered a bellwether for the industry and host PRVCA reported steady traffic and sales.
Overcoming media reports of widespread flooding, the 43rd Annual Pennsylvania RV and Camping Show in Hershey saw steady traffic as the public days opened on Wednesday (Sept. 14) while event organizers reported that today’s gate was on track for an even stronger showing. The event is set to run through Sunday at the expansive GIANT Center.
“The first two days we had a total of about 8,500 people,” Becky Lenington, executive vice president for the host Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA), told RVBUSINESS.com late this morning. “We were fighting the national media which was reporting that we were under water. But it seems that word has gotten out that everything is OK. We have really seen a strong turnout this morning and it looks like we’re going to compensate for the past two days.”
Lenington noted that with some of the surrounding areas experiencing water problems, the GIANT Center had increased overnight parking at the facility to help accommodate visitors.
A shift in the weather may also have accounted for the uptick in attendees. “We saw some rain on Wednesday and Thursday, but today the sun is shining and it looks like the rain will stay away for the rest of the show,” said Lenington.
The Hershey Show, long touted as the industry’s largest consumer show, is regarded as a bellwether for the industry as manufacturers and dealers use it as a platform to introduce new product.
“We have over 1,050 brand new RVs on display for individuals to purchase,” said Heather Leach, marketing and education director for PRVCA. “There have already been some sales and a lot of the purchases were motorhomes.”
Leach reported that the vendor booth space was sold out with over 218 companies represented on site. “We have the vendors set up throughout the GIANT Center, including the concourse area and the lower level. All of the RVs are set up outside on the parking lot.”
There are also hourly seminars each day, beginning at 10 a.m. and running until 7 p.m., that have been well attended, according to Leach.
“We’re very pleased,” she said, “and with good weather predicted for here on out we’re looking for another great show.”
The Pennsylvania RV & Camping Show in Hershey, Pa., will open as scheduled at 9 a.m. EST today (Sept. 12) for the first of two Industry Days.
Undeterred by torrential rainfall from Tropical Storm Lee, which inundated portions of central Pennsylvania on Sept. 7, show sponsors continued to move forward last week and over the weekend to get the 1,000 RVs on site for this morning’s opening.
“We were never hit by the high water,” stressed Becky Lennington, executive director of the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA), told Woodalls Campground Management. But she concedes “it was tough, sitting in last week’s rain,” and not knowing how it might affect the event, touted as the nation’s largest retail RV show.
Lennington said the only units that did not make it on-site were some of the 12-foot-wide park models, which were restricted by area road closings. The state of emergency has since been lifted and all major arterial roads are now open, she added, noting, “Half of them made it in, the rest will come in today.”
The weather forecast today is a good one with temperatures in the 80s and dry. “RV folks are tough. It’s another one for the books,” Lenningyon said.
Sponsors are still hoping that media reports of the bad weather will not stunt the expected crowd of 35,000 that is projected to attend the show’s Public Days, which begin Wednesday and run into the weekend. Like the rain, show advertising saturated outlets in the East, from which the show draws its major attendance. The show website also states in bold print: “The local flooding has had NO impact on the Show.” HGTV is also still scheduled to film its annual look at RVs during this event.
From a distance, few vestiges of one of central Pennsylvania’s worst flooding episodes remain, neighborhood upon neighborhood having returned to normalcy by weekend’s end, the Harrisburg Patriot-News reported. The Susquehanna River, which crested at a 25.17 feet Friday, had by Sunday night dropped to 15 feet and was to drop below 11 feet by midweek.
As of Sunday, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency was listing 13 deaths as possibly storm-related: three in Lancaster County, two each in Dauphin, Bradford and Lebanon counties, and one each in Chester, Luzerne, York and Philadelphia counties.
Gulf Stream Coach Inc.’s innovative 408TBS Innsbruck travel trailer will be prominently displayed in the Stoltzfus RV space (#513) during the Sept. 12-18 Pennsylvania RV and Camping Show in Hershey.
According to a press release, the floorplan features eight-foot interior ceilings, three generous slideouts, 1 1/2 half baths and residential refrigerator and furniture. The release states “the 408TBS is a breakthrough in value and design that captures all the fun and adventure of camping in a lodge-style trailer that’s spacious, comfortable and impeccably crafted.”
“It’s no wonder Stoltzfus RV chose the 408TBS to anchor the center aisle of their display,” said Randy Baskerville, national sales manager for Innsbruck. “It’s a top-selling floorplan that never fails to impress retail customers. Mom and Dad love the huge Master Suite; kids love their own bedroom, half bath and entertainment center; and the whole family loves the generous “Great Room” main living area, with its double-width slideout and full-scale family-friendly kitchen.”
Gulf Stream will also be showing new products and floorplans at its own have display space (#513) at the Hershey show. For more information on the Innsbruck brand, visit www.gulfstreamrvtrailers.com or contact Randy Baskerville, national sales manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Pennsylvania RV and Camping Show, set to run Sept. 12-18 in Hershey, Pa., recently announced its 2011 sponsors.
According to the Pennsylvania Recreational Vehicle and Camping Association (PRVCA), hosts for the annual event, the sponsors “add much value to the show, and the PA RV and Camping Show would like to thank them for their support.”
The 2011 sponsors include the following:
• Azdel Inc: Shuttle and Golf Cart Sponsor
• Cruiser RV: Golf Cart Sponsor
• DRV Luxury Suites: Golf Cart Sponsor
• Fulton Bank: Jim Kelly Meet and Greet footballs Sponsor
• Progressive Insurance: Champions Club, Cyber Cafe
• Reicharts Camping Center: Fold Down Camper Giveaway
• Rockwood RV by Forest River: Fold Down Camper Giveaway
• RVTraderOnline.com: Program, Video Board and Golf Cart Sponsor
• Sweet Life Realty: Red Carpet Gift Item
• WGAL: Fold down Camper Giveaway
The Pennsylvania RV and Camping Education Foundation will also be acknowledging their sponsors at the show’s Annual Red Carpet Luncheon. The Education Foundation supports the RV Technician Distance Learning Program, RV Technician Apprenticeship Program and scholarships for the Distance Learning Program and Campground Management Program. Sponsors include:
• Keller Marine and RV: Bronze Sponsor
• RVIA: Silver Sponsor
• Stag Parkway: Silver Sponsor
For more information on the PA RV and Camping Show, America’s Largest RV Show, visit www.largestRVshow.com.