March '19

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rv-pro.com March 2019 • RV PRO • 85 I'm also ordering based on when I think new product is going to come out. If they use this show to release the new model year, I might be more inclined to visit it in the future. And, if I may, I would look to order at that point, too. "I am looking forward to seeing the Top Tech Challenge. I am hoping to pick up information to help me better under- stand how certifications work and how we can apply certifica- tions better at the dealership. It will be interesting to see what other avenues I can check out. So, I can ask my sales manager to look at the new stuff while I check out the service area and other new offerings. "Open House ultimately replaced Louisville, and I think a lot of us saw that coming for a long time because it is more cost-ef- fective for manufacturers to put on. It is, for the most part, more cost-effective for the dealers to go to; we can get everything done in just a couple days. "We quit going to Louisville after the second year (of Open House Week) because we didn't see the need to go to both shows. I'll continue to go to Open House. That'll be my primary line, but otherwise, we order throughout the year as needed. Mike Noble, co-owner Noble RV Owatonna, Minn. "We are starting the first of six shows in a row next weekend (Feb. 2). So, RVX is right in the heart of our busiest time in our sales season. There's not a manager or a salesperson I would want to have leave the store at that time. I certainly couldn't send any service people, as we have all our inventory showing up from our winter orders. "The timing of this show, for us in Minnesota, is horrible. I would rather not be going at this time of year. If it was in December, I would have probably sent up to eight people, like we used to for Louisville. My brother and I are going because we feel we need to be represented there, and we want to see what it's all about. "I don't know what to expect when we get down there. In the past, when we went to Louisville, we got to see lots of new product and place orders on new floorplans that weren't at Open House. We got together with industry people we don't normally see. That's probably the biggest benefit to us – the relationships we form with other dealers, other manufacturers, and other industry professionals. "It doesn't sound like there will be many units on display. One of the best things about Louisville was visiting with manufacturers that we hadn't done business with before, seeing what was new, and picking up new product lines for one of our locations. That's not going to be possible this year. The Open House is not a good place to do that because we're there working with our current manufacturers and it's so spread out. "I'm not even sure what The Reveal is. I know they are going to show us new products, but I would hope our manufacturers Reach more RV Pros! EMAIL PRESS RELEASES TO: dmacneal@nbm.com (800) 669-0424 X 230 www.rv-pro.com Meet RV PRO's Digital Content Editor David MacNeal

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