November '19

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48 • RV PRO • November 2019 rv-pro.com O P E N H O U S E C O V E R A G E It is expected that the feature will prove popular among consumers, as they become more concerned about the envi- ronmental impact of the numerous 12-ounce plastic bottles of water that are consumed at many campsites around the country. Senior Director of Product Development Chris Barth joked that the jugs don't even have to just contain water. He said Jayco employees had fixed up a batch of blue Kool-Aid in one of the models as a prank before the Hershey Show. Manufacturers Up the Concert Game The trend at Open House over the past three years has been for manufacturers to bring in big-name musical acts as a treat for dealers to celebrate successful partnerships. This year was no exception and it seemed those who par- ticipated must have spared no expense, Monday night, Grand Design hosted the Grammy-winning band Train at the Furrion facility. On Tuesday, competing shows saw huge crowds at both Forest River and Thor exhibits, as Forest River hosted '80s band Styx and Thor brought country star Keith Urban to the large temporary stage at the RV/MH Hall of Fame. A smaller but still rowdy crowd at Forest River saw country act Big & Rich perform Wednesday night. Dometic Changes Things Up RV manufacturers weren't the only ones to host special events for dealers during Open House Week. Dometic hosted "The Experience" on Monday at the Wellfield Botanical Gardens, but rather than just focusing on food, this year's event was carnival themed. Visitors had a chance to participate in carnival games with a chance to win prizes. Food trucks provided meals and desserts while Libido Funk Circus provided the music. In addition, displayed in various spots around the park during the event were vehicles from Dometic's OE partners that fea- tured Dometic products shown in practical use. "We wanted to show that this is what you can do with Dometic products by having them all on display in one space," said Trey Miller, Dometic North America's vice president of mar- keting. "It shows how we can partner with OEs to create products." The event also was used to draw attention to Dometic's Above: Thor group managers (left) Chris Hermon and Matt Zimmerman (right) congratulate raffle winner Emily Spicer after the drawing in which she won a Chevy Silverado. At left: RV/MH Hall of Fame President Darryl Searer (left) presents $400 in cash to Ryan Wertz, one of several people who visited the supplier exhibit at the Hall of Fame. The Hall awarded more than $11,000 in cash drawings to attendees during the show.

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