In a shift from traditional policy, two major fall retail RV shows are allowing exhibitors to show units from the prior model year.
To be specific, 20% of the units displayed by dealers and manufacturers may be from the 2008 model year at both the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Show in Hershey, Pa., Sept. 8-14, and the California RV Show in Pomona Oct. 10-19 sponsored by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).
The decision to allow other than model year 2009 and 2010 units into their shows was made because of the RV industry’s current downtown. The traditional cutoff for both shows is the model year that follows the show.
“We are trying to give dealers some assistance in moving their inventory,” said Mary “Mike” Hutya, RVIA vice president of meetings and shows.
Between 1,000 and 1,200 RVs are expected to be on display at the RVIA-sponsored show at the Pomona Fairplex. “One of things that we are going to have to rely on is dealers being honest with us (about the actual number of prior-year units being displayed),” she said. “We are trying to help them, but we need some cooperation from them as well.”
Hutya said RVIA expects to return to the traditional rules for the 2009 show. “We see this as only for one year,” she said. “But we will review it next year.”
Because the RVIA board isn’t scheduled to meet until Sept. 13 in Charleston, S.C., the decision to change the Pomona show’s rules was made by RVIA’s executive committee.
Rebecca Lennington, executive vice president of the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA), the Hershey Show’s sponsor, said the decision was made by the PRVCA board after being contacted by many of the manufacturers who will be displaying product at the show.
“It’s really their show,” she said. “They are the one’s who buy the space.”
Lennington said that stickers to be applied to 2008 units will be issued for up to 20% of the inventory registered for the show by manufacturers. She said PRVCA expects 1,200 to 1,300 units to be shown in Hershey.