Dealers enjoy lunch at Forest River exhibit during last year’s Open House, said to have been one of the best ever

In what has become an annual rite of early fall, the 2017 Elkhart RV Open House will be held the week of Sept. 18-22 around the north side boulevards of the RV-building center of Elkhart, Ind., spokesmen for Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s Forest River Inc. subsidiary have confirmed.

The Open House has evolved since 2008 into one of the North American RV industry’s two key annual trade venues at which substantial amounts of RV rolling stock are displayed and sold — the other being the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) traditional National RV Trade Show slated this year for Nov. 28-30 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.

There aren’t any details to report at this point regarding the Open House, which was initially spearheaded by Forest River but isn’t sponsored today by any one organization, company, association or governing board. Yet, the Open House continues to draw most North American manufacturers as exhibitors and thousands of retail dealers interested in securing inventory for the year ahead at volume buying discounts.

The Open House again follows closely on the heels of the Pennsylvania Recreation Vehicle and Camping Association’s (PRVCA’s) Hershey Show. Officially known as “America’s Largest RV Show,” the Hershey Show is slated for the previous week, Sept. 11-17, at Hershey’s sprawling Giant Center with Monday set aside as “Education Day,” Tuesday serving as “Dealer Day” and the rest of the week sold out of exhibitor space at a record pace for this year’s public days.

“Public day exhibitor space went really fast this year within the first month of when we announced it in early February,” PRVCA Executive Vice President Heather Leach told RVBUSINESS.com.