Manufacturers including Damon Motor Coach, Dynamax Inc., Open Range RV Inc., Four Winds International Corp., Riverside RV Inc. and FTCA Inc. – the company that purchased Fleetwood Enterprises Inc.’s folding camping trailer division –are expected to show all-new products during the Pennsylvania RV and Camping show that starts today (Sept. 8) through Sept. 14
Damon will introduced its European-inspired Avanti front-engine diesel Class A on a new Workhorse chassis, while luxury minimotorhome manufacturer Dynamax will unveil the DynaAire, its first fifth-wheel trailer.
Last year the show at Hersheypark and Giant Center in Hershey, Pa., drew more than 31,000 consumers. PRVCA expects 1,200 to 1,300 units to be shown in Hershey, with display space expected to be close to 1 million square feet.
Monday and Tuesday are trade days, and Monday evening trade representatives will be entertained by the country rock group Charlie Daniels Band. Former NFL Giant and NBC sports commentator Tiki Barber will speak on Tuesday during the “Red Carpet Breakfast” for the industry audience.
Manufacturers are being allowed to display some 2008 models at the Hershey Show to help them clear inventory in deference to the RV industry’s soft market.
Also, Canadian recreational park trailer manufacturers will display their units for the first time at the show sponsored by the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA), although they will not be able to make sales until they return to Canada. A substantial number of Canadian manufacturers are expected to be there, in part because of the parity of the two countries’ dollars.
“It’s a great deal for Canadians to come down because they get more bang for their buck,” said Heather Sheerer, marketing and education director for the Camp-Hill based PRVCA.