It was shiny new RVs for as far as the eye could see on in Elkhart, Ind., Monday (Sept. 18) morning as RV dealers and manufacturers from across the country gathered for the kickoff of the 2017 Elkhart RV Open House. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page).
The Goshen News reported that the event, which runs through Friday, has grown over the years to become one of the premier trade venues of the North American recreational vehicle industry. More than 4,000 dealers are expected to attend with the goal of checking out the latest RVs, seeing the latest changes and trends, and making purchases for next season.
Marcel Champoux, director of sales for Canada-based Erwin Hymer Group North America Inc.’s Western U.S. and Canada divisions, couldn’t speak highly enough about the annual RV gathering.
“We’ve attended for the last four or five years, and part of the reason for that is the attendance from dealers,” Champoux said of the open house. “This has become the central and most important place for dealers. It used to be Louisville, and Louisville still operates, but in any case, this is the biggest, no question about it. It’s a great place to show off your product, and a great opportunity to meet all your dealers and have a chat with them and talk about both the positive things and any issues that they might have.”
The Goshen News reported that Matt Thompson, chief operating officer with Middlebury-based Jayco Inc., voiced a similar statement regarding the current strength of the industry while manning one of his company’s many RVs on display at Thor Industries Inc.’s expansive display at the RV/MH Hall of Fame.
“It’s the best I’ve ever seen it, and I’ve been doing this for 18 years now,” Thompson said of the industry. “I’m cautiously optimistic always, but life is really, really good. We’re probably blessed more than what we deserve today.”
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