While RV manufacturers and suppliers have drawn much of the attention during the Elkhart RV Open House, other local RV businesses are also benefiting from the frenzy of RV dealer activity, including Arrow Distributing.

Called “The Show Before the Show,” Arrow opened its doors to customers, guests, and vendors on Tuesday (Sept. 24), providing BBQ and refreshments, facility tours, and the opportunity to meet in a casual setting with staff and product specialists.

Branch Manager Erica Baker told RVBusiness that this is the second year the company has held this event. “Last year, our first year, was good. This year attendance is up by more than 25%, and sales are outrageous,” he related.

Baker attributes her open house success to several factors. “Certainly we have many of our customers coming into town for the OEM open houses. While here we can offer them special pricing, often a savings of 10 or 15%  based on participation with our vendors. And lastly, seasonally speaking, timing is ideal. Our customers are just coming out of their busiest season and they need to restock before attending our corporate show which will be held Jan. 21-22 at the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas.”

Participating vendors in the Arrow Elkhart RV Open House included Blue Ox, Creative Products Group, Dura Faucet, Furrion, MORryde, ObeCo, Optronics, Star Brite and Ultra Fab.

Omaha, Nebraska-based Arrow is an RV and MH distributor with nine locations, primarily in the Midwest. The Elkhart-branch is one of Arrow Distributing’s largest at 55,000 square feet, housing about 15,000 different parts.