May '19

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EDITORS NOTE: 8 • RV PRO • May 2019 rv-pro.com P.O. Box 1416, Broomfield, CO 80038 (800) 669-0424 • (303) 469-0424 FAX (303) 469-5730 • rv-pro.com RVX: A Work in Progress A s RV PRO was going into production on this issue of the magazine, word came that the RV Industry Association's leadership is reexamining the timing and locations of its RVX trade shows moving forward. Given the light dealer traffic at this year's inaugural show in Salt Lake City, I think that is absolutely the right decision. Based upon my own private discussions with several dealers, suppliers, manufacturers and others at the show, most everyone agreed that March is too late in the season to get dealers to attend any show in significant numbers. That said, I also believe RVIA officials deserve credit for taking a bold new approach in redefining what a trade show looks like with RVX. It represents a platform to move forward – something the Association's previous National RV Trade Show was never going to be. And while this year's RVX clearly fell short on its most crucial metric – attracting buying dealers in significant numbers – it did succeed in some other important areas, including: • The Reveal, which was a great, energetic way to kick off the show, with some truly nice debuts from KZ, ModVans, Newmar and Winnebago. Hopefully RVIA can garner even greater participation from manufacturers to showcase truly new RVs moving forward (while condensing the running time). • The show floor layout, which saw manufacturers and suppliers nicely interspersed and a natural flow to the exhibit hall. And kudos to several exhibitors for putting extra effort into creating great displays, most notably Dometic, Freightliner, Newmar and Vision Works. • The Top Tech Challenge, which represented an amped up version of the event that first debuted in 2017. • The overall atmosphere/ energy of the show. Admittedly, this may seem counterintuitive given that the show didn't attract the number of dealers desired, but the show venue created an upbeat vibe, the exhibitors were generally engaging, and the show did succeed in attracting a large contingent of national media that was interested in sharing great stories about the RV industry. Finding the right time and location for RVX moving forward is sure to be a chal- lenge, but if RVIA officials are successful in that endeavor I believe that many of the show's positives (as outlined above) will shine through. RV PRO Welcomes Plude as Account Rep In other news, RV PRO is pleased announce that Michael Plude has joined our team, serving as an account executive for the East Coast, including Indiana and Michigan. Plude joins the magazine with a lengthy and varied resume that includes a short stint in the automotive business, working as a producer for a major video game release and running his own business for more than a decade. Plude succeeds Ryan Moorhead, who left the industry to take a job in the tech industry. Clients can reach out to Plude via email at mplude@nbm.com or by calling him at 800-669-9646, ext. 216. As always, thanks for reading. Bradley Worrell Editor brad@nbm.com ©2019 National Business Media, Inc., all rights reserved. RV PRO (USPS 024-712) is published monthly by National Business Media, Inc., 2800 W. Midway Blvd., Broomfield, CO 80020.; (303) 469-0424; Fax (303) 469- 5730. Subscription rates in the U.S.: One year, $45; Two years, $80; Three years, $108; Canada: One year, $76; Two years, $142; Three years, $201 (U.S. funds); Mexico/International: One year, $98; Two years, $186; Three years, $267 (U.S. funds). Periodicals Postage Paid at Broomfield, CO 80020-9998 and additional mailing offices. USPS/National Business Media Automat- able Poly. POSTMASTER: Please send address changes to RV PRO, PO Box 460702, Escondido, CA 92046-0702. 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