ELKHART — RV Open House Week is shaping up to be at least as big as last year’s local event, which was the largest one to date.
RV dealers from around the country have already booked up hotel rooms in Elkhart and Goshen for the mid-September event, which draws an estimated 4,000 dealers to their one-stop spot to check out the 2014 models from all the major RV companies.
The rooms Thor Industries booked at the seven hotels in Elkhart and Goshen for its dealers are all sold out, and the Essenhaus Inn in Middlebury is about sold out, too, according to Thor.
Thor anchors one end of the main portion of the open house site, taking over the grounds of the RV/MH Hall of Fame Sept. 17- 19, while Forest River, the other RV giant that started the open houses six years ago, anchors the other end along C.R. 6.
In between the two giants will be most of the other names in the business, though number-three manufacturer Jayco will see dealers at its Middlebury campus.
Along Executive Parkway, the road to the hall of fame, Evergree, Augusta, Livin’ Lite, Cruiser and DRV will all be set up on the north side of the road.
On the south side of Executive Parkway, Tiffin Motorhomes of Alabama will share space with Middlebury-based Grand Design, a company founded by industry veterans that just started production this year.
Next to them will be Winnebago. Though the Iowa company is best known for its motorhomes, its open house display will focus on the Elkhart-made towable lines under their own brand name and the SunnyBrook name.
“We are very pleased to be in a prime location at the center of the open-house-event activity,” said Chad Reece, Winnebago’s marketing director. “We will be focusing on Winnebago Industries Towables and showcasing the new 2014 products we introduced at our ‘Dealer Days’ event this spring, as well as some brand new products to be introduced at the open house.”