New Elkhart RV show will become annual event
ELKHART — Local recreational vehicle dealers approached Matt Rose about adding a local spring RV show, and it turned out their instincts were good, he said.
Rose, director of recreation vehicles for the RV Indiana Council, said last weekend’s “show was fantastic,” drawing about 1,500 visitors over three days.
The show will become an annual event, the second one on each year’s calendar at the RV/MH Hall of Fame. The fall RVIC show has also been held at the hall of fame east of Elkhart over the last couple of years, and that event isn’t threatened by the new one, Rose said. “The fall show will definitely happen. This was just an extra show that we created from a request from the local dealers.”
The event fell at the end of the typical winter show season, Rose said. “The majority of the dealers did very, very well through the winter shows. They did well enough that they thought we should do one more before the summer,” Rose said.
Seven dealers attended, bringing about 200 units. “They were all local dealers, the show was held in their back yard, and everybody came away extremely happy,” Rose said.
Some less-than-ideal weather on Sunday might have sent people to the show who otherwise might have been doing yard work, he said.
The show season has been a good one for the industry, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association.
Numbers the RVIA released last week showed that through the first three months of this year, total RV shipments were 11.2 percent higher than the first quarter of 2012.