Elkhart ‘Open House’ is Set for Week of Sept. 19

Elkhart ‘Open House’ is Set for Week of Sept. 19

February 5, 2016 by


The 2016 Elkhart RV Open House, one of the RV industry’s two key national wholesale RV-buying trade venues, is slated for the week of Sept. 19 in and around the northern Indiana city of Elkhart. The show immediately follows one of the year’s top retail-centric events – the Pennsylvania RV & Camping Association’s popular Hershey Show, Sept. 12-18 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. The release of the dates for the Open House, originally launched in 2009 as a proprietary Forest River Inc. function, isn’t ordinarily publicized well ahead of time as manufacturers scramble to lease preferential exhibit space and reserve scarce accommodations at motels and hotels throughout the region for as many as 4,000 incoming U.S. and Canadian dealer personnel. And that’s still the case with the Elkhart Open House, which takes place in Elkhart, Goshen and other area towns where fully 85% of U.S. RV production is generated on an annualized basis. In fact, no one in a position to do so would officially confirm the exact dates of what typically becomes one of the industry’s worst kept secrets. But there were hints. “Do the math,” as one manufacturer told RVBUSINESS.com. “You know that it’s going to be right after the Hershey Show, which ends on the 18th. So, as painful as that might be for all of our people to scramble back to Elkhart right after Hershey, that’s the way it is.”
Source: RV Business

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