September '18

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12 • RV PRO • September 2018 rv-pro.com R V M A N U F A C T U R E R S B y all accounts, this year's Elkhart Open House Week is likely to be bigger (and better) than ever. Show watchers attribute their belief that this year's Open House Week will build on the success of previous events to a number of factors. First and perhaps most notably, the demand for new RVs continues to be strong, so manufacturers plan to debut a plethora of new models for dealers. Second, with no National RV Trade Show this year, Elkhart Open House Week becomes the event for dealers to place orders. Third, simply looking at a map of exhibit space around the RV/MH Hall of Fame shows that plenty of RV makers, park model manufacturers and suppliers plan to showcase their prod- ucts this year, including new OEM exhibitors Braxton Creek RV, Crux Expedition Trailers and Regency RV. Meanwhile, suppliers are stepping up their presence at the event. Notably, this year's Open House Week will play host to the RV Supplier and Vendor Exhibition, which is located amidst RV makers next to the RV/MH Hall of Fame and which is expected to feature more than 30 vendors. That supplier event is in addition to the returning Supplier Showcase hosted by BAL/Norco along County Road 6, which will host about a dozen well-known suppliers. (Read "Suppliers to be Well-Rep- resented at Open House" starting on page 82 to learn more about supplier plans for Open House Week.) This year's Open House Week is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 24, through Thursday, Sept. 27. As in past years, the freestanding event will be anchored by Thor Industries at the RV/MH Hall of Fame near the intersection of County Road 17 and County Road 6 and Forest River's exhibit at the Dynamax plant, located on Northland Drive just off County Road 6. For more details about what attendees can expect to see in terms of manufacturer offerings at this year's Open House, read on. By Darian Armer, Steve Bibler, Lisa Dicksteen, K. Schipper, Jesse Sidlauskas, Garrison Wells and RV PRO Staff 2018 Elkhart Open House Week Preview OEMs will once again roll out the red carpet for dealers during Elkhart Open House Week, offering feasts, live entertainment and other activities while showcasing their latest offerings.

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