KZ Vice President Andy Baer (left) visits with Jim and Sharon Walter, Countryside Campers, Pana, Ill.

There’s plenty of activity this week around the rural Shipshewana, Ind., facilities of KZRV LP, where some 70 U.S. and Canadian recreational vehicle dealers gathered for the towable RV builder’s 26th annual open house – this one a special salute to the privately held northern Indiana company’s 40th year in business.

In addition to an introduction to the company’s 2013 product lines, displayed this week all around KZ’s facilities on U.S. 20, the company’s dealer open house featured a Wednesday night (May 30) cruise on Lake Wawasee – Indiana’s largest natural lake – and was scheduled to culminate today with a brunch, dealer awards and banquet at the Essenhaus Country Inn in nearby Middlebury that includes a presentation by guest speaker Nathan Whitaker, co-author of books by sports celebrities Tim Tebow and Tony Dungy.