The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) board of directors reversed itself and decided that park trailers can continue to be displayed at the National RV Show in Louisville.
This year’s show will take place Nov. 30-Dec. 2.
“I don’t feel we will have any problems again, and if we do the park trailer manufacturers will step in and solve them,” said Mary “Mike” Hutya, RVIA vice president of meetings and shows.
During the RVIA annual meeting in March, the board voted to exclude park trailers from the industry’s key annual trade show starting in 2005 because of logistical problems related to moving park trailers — which typically are larger than standard RVs — into areas of the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center (KFEC).
But during RVIA Committee Week last week, the board, on the recommendation of the National Show Committee, voted to keep park trailers at the Louisville Show, but required that they be displayed in Broadbent Arena where logistics problems will be minimal.
Prior to the 2003 show, RVIA staff had difficulty getting some of the larger park trailers into their assigned display areas. Broadbent Arena should pose no such problem, Hutya said, although park trailer manufacturers who also show RVs at Louisville will have to split their displays between two locations.
Bill Garpow, executive director of the Recreational Park Trailer Industry Association (RPTIA), Newnan, Ga., said the Broadbent Arena solution is better than having that association stage a separate show at another location.
“My members are pleased,” Garpow said. “They like this arrangement better than having to go out and put on their own show.”
Last year, between 15 and 20 park models were displayed at Louisville by RPTIA’s 23 members.