May '19

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44 • RV PRO • May 2019 rv-pro.com RVX Show Coverage show floor. The exhibitor displays were judged on several factors including booth lighting, technology integration, traffic flow, attendee interaction, booth staffing and swag/giveaways. Exhib- iting brands were recognized in three different size categories – small, medium and large – for suppliers and manufacturers based on the footprint of their booth. Award winners for the small-size booth category were: Third Place: Trailer Valet; Second Place: UST Brands; and First Place: Vision Works. Award winners for the medium-size booth category were: Third Place: Genesis Products; Second Place: Thetford-Norcold; and First Place: Dometic. Award winners for the large-size booth category were: Third Place: Key- stone RV; Second Place: Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp.; and First Place: Newmar RV PRO Publisher Chris Cieto presented awards to all of the exhibitors during a brief ceremony on the show floor. He said RV PRO hopes to continue the awards during next year's RVX event in San Antonio and that it will encourage RVX exhibitors to make the most of their exhibit spaces. Amped Up Top Tech Challenge This year's Top Tech Challenge took place in a new venue in a new state with a new slate of tested competitors – but in the end 2017 defending champion Brandon Galbreath of D&N RV Service in Guntersville, Ala., won again, claiming the $10,000 prize and holding onto the Top Tech Challenge trophy. In the down-to-the wire contest – hosted by TV personality and The Reveal presenter Rutledge Wood – Galbreath edged out John Larson of Nevada Mobile RV Service in Minden, Nev. – who also finished second in the 2017 competition. Third place went to Aaron Bashore of Tom Schaeffer's Camping and Travel Center in Shoemakersville, Pa. Other competitors – who went through rigorous testing to gain a spot in the competition – were: Thomas Gordon of Ocala Camping World in Ocala, Fla.; Chris Page of Affinity RV in Prescott, Ariz.; and Bradley Wingfield of McClain's RV Superstore in Corinth, Texas. Contestants completed six challenges in which an RV system was designed to fail in a specific way. The technicians had to diagnose the problem at each station within 15 minutes. They were judged on accuracy as well as the time it took them to complete the challenge. With hundreds of people in the ballroom and video and still cameras surrounding the technicians as '80s music pounded overhead and T-shirts and other freebies were chucked into the cheering crowd, some of the technicians admitted to being a little nervous at the beginning of the competition – but not Galbreath. "I'm very good at ignoring," he said, drawing a laugh from the crowd. A standing-room-only crowd of women and men thronged a downtown Salt Lake City restaurant on March 13 to celebrate the inaugural launch of the RV Women's Alliance, in an event coinciding with RVX. RVWA Vice President Jordyn Foos and RVWA President Susan Carpenter (pictured near the TV at the front of the room) called the event a success.

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