America’s Largest RV Show continued on a record setting pace during Day 2 of Public Days at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. The event is set to run through Sunday. (To view the slideshow scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page. Photos by Kirk Zutell).
Heather Leach, executive vice president for the host Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA), told RVBUSINESS.com that Thursday’s turnout hit 9,268, representing 1,349 more turns at the gate than last year’s event which reached a new overall attendance high of 52,191 attendees.
“The show has been going very well with reports from exhibitors that sales have been terrific,” Leach noted.
Several OEMs confirmed with RVBUSINESS.com that business is indeed good in Hershey, including:
• Joe Lazzarino, national sales manager of Vanleigh RV, said the Hershey Show has been going really well so far for the year-old Burnsville, Miss., company, which will also be bringing three new 2017 Vilano fifth-wheels to next week’s Elkhart RV Open House. “The first day turnout was the best I’ve seen in three years of coming here,” said Lazzarino. “I mean, that (registration) line of consumers was half-a-mile long coming in here. It was crazy. So, it’s been a good turnout so far, and we’ve been selling a lot of coaches. So, I can’t complain.”
• “We’re having a phenomenal show,” stated Tadd Jenkins, president of Jayco Inc’s Middlebury, Ind.-based Jayco Motorhome Group and its upscale Entegra Coach lineup of Aspire, Anthem and Cornerstone Class A’s. In fact, Jenkins said this year’s Hershey Show is a reminder of the strength in the current marketplace despite the recent lackluster retail registration reports for the overall high-line Class A market. “The feel of the show is that there’s no reason for the market to be down,” he told RVBUSINESS.com. “We’re up appreciably, and I’m not feeling what the overall industry numbers are showing. And that’s the biggest thing. So, we are having an amazing show.”
• “The show is going real well,” noted John Sammut, vice president of sales and marketing for Newmar Corp., Nappanee, Ind., another manufacturer of gas and diesel Class A motorhomes that’s reporting year-to-date sales gains through July. “I think their (PRVCA’s) traffic has been up over last year, which was a very good, well attended show. We’re certainly ahead on results for sales here for the first two days, and we still have a lot of things (potential sales in the works) going into Friday as well as Saturday and Sunday, which usually are really strong days finishing up the show.”