March '19

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24 • RV PRO • March 2019 rv-pro.com S P E C I A L S E C T I O N – R V X P R E V I E W vignettes. These special areas on the exhibit hall floor will highlight consumer lifestyles and show dealers how to connect with outdoor consumers to sell them on RVing. • The Campground of the Future. Produced by KOA and RVIA, the Campground of the Future display will show- case the future of camping in America and how the next generations of consumer experiences will change. Educational Opportunities Abound While the ability for dealers to come see the latest and greatest products in one venue is a major draw for RVX, it is just one aspect of a multi-faceted show. As in past years, education and training is another major component. In partnership with RVDA's RV Learning Center, RVX will feature educational seminars covering a multitude of topics of interest to dealers, service techs and other industry profes- sionals. Two general session seminars are scheduled: In the first, Kampgrounds of America (KOA) will release details on its latest North American Camping Report in a discussion focused on attracting new consumers to the RV and camping lifestyle; in the second, a panel of experts will discuss industry disruption and adapting to change, hosted by Katie Linendoll, an Emmy Award-winning TV personality, writer and technology expert. Additionally, RVDA will host several dealer educational breakout sessions featuring most-wanted seminars from Sobel University and the RV Learning Center, 10 short PowerTalk Patio seminars are planned, and RVIA will host Tech Academy training for service techs all three days of the show. Tech Challenge Redux At the 2017 National RV Trade Show, RVIA introduced the Tech Challenge in part to emphasize the important role service techs play in the industry. In that event, eight certified techs competed in timed events to correctly diagnose problems with RV parts and implement repairs, with the winner taking home a $10,000 prize plus bragging rights as the top tech. RVIA set up stands on the show floor so attendees could watch the event in real time and cheer on the contestants. Greene says the event was a success, so the decision was made to bring it back and "up the production atmosphere of that event." Specifically, this year's event will take place in the same ballroom where RVIA will host The Reveal and it will be hosted by Rutledge Wood, who is also serving as emcee for The Reveal. "That will be a cool thing," Greene says of having Wood narrate the contest as it happens in real time. "It will be right in his wheelhouse." 2017 Tech Challenge winner Brandon Galbreath of Ala- As in past years, RVIA will host intensive training sessions for RV techs at its trade show. This year's training is being sponsored by the new RV Technical Institute, which was created to raise the bar on tech training efforts.

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