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Surging RV Industry Gathers for RVIA’s National RV Trade Show

Fueled by four consecutive years of growth in shipments, RVIA’s 51st National RV Trade Show is “fully equipped” to be a first-class spot where the industry’s manufacturers, suppliers and RV dealers will convene to see that latest RV products, accessories and services.

The industry-only show will be held at the Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC) in Louisville, Ky., from Dec. 3 - 5, 2013.

The RV industry’s premiere trade event features 61 manufacturer and 225 supplier exhibitors displaying the latest RV products across more than 720,000 square feet of exhibit space. More than 8,000 attendees, including RV dealers, warehouse distributors, accessory store owners, camp-ground operators and exhibitor personnel, are expected to be on hand for the event.

“This year’s show demonstrates the strength of our industry’s recovery,” said RVIA President Richard Coon. “Shipments are up, employment is up, and optimism is up because our industry has shown its resilience. Louisville offers a one-stop site where attendees can see our industry’s best products, meet col-leagues, and, most importantly, conduct business.

”RVIA sincerely thanks the following members for the loan of vehicles for the 51st Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, KY.  Chevrolet & GM Fleet and Commercial Operations (Booth 2001) provided the parking lot shuttles and Monaco RV (Booth 3000) provided the motorhome used as a check-in station for  show units.

Outlook 2014: Everywhere

“Outlook 2014: Everywhere” will kick off RVIA’s 51st National RV Trade Show on Tuesday, Dec. 3, with an energizing multi-media program offers an overview of the industry’s successes over the past year as well as a look at the industry’s promising future.

The free event for registered attendees will begin at 7:30 a.m. with a breakfast in the KEC South Wing Mezzanine Ballroom. One of the most anticipated annual industry events with more than 1,000 RV dealers and show exhibitors expected to be on hand, “Outlook 2014” will entertain and inform attendees with fast-paced, insightful presentations.

Hosted by RVIA Chairman of the Board Doug Gaeddert, “Out-look 2014: Everywhere” will feature RVIA President Richard Coon’s thoughts on the state of the industry and where it is headed in the year ahead in a presentation titled “Growing Everywhere.

”The industry’s Go RVing and media relations team will deliver “Seen Everywhere,” a multi-media report highlighting the most impactful advertising and public relations achievements in 2013, while previewing what’s in store for 2014. The presentation will feature Go RVing Co-Chairs Bob Wheeler and Tom Stinnett as well as RVIA Public Relations Committee Chairman B.J. Thompson and RVIA Vice President of Public Relations and Advertising James Ashurst.

Attendees will also hear from Sports Illustrated senior writer Peter King, one of America’s premier pro football writers. King, who toured NFL training camps this year in a motorhome provided by Go RVing and Jayco, will share his thoughts on his RV adventure and provide an insider’s view of the NFL.

The “Outlook 2014: Everywhere” program and breakfast are free for attendees on a first-come, first-served basis. All National RV Trade Show attendees are welcome, and no reservations are necessary. Show registration will be available in the South Wing Lobby C Entrance prior to the event.

Seminars & Learning Opportunities

Attendees are offered a seminar schedule featuring two sessions designed to help dealers increase sales and boost their bottom line (see page 6 for more information).

The show also offers attendees opportunities to learn about resources available to help them build their business. Industry members can visit the Go RVing booth to find out more about the industry’s national “AWAY” advertising campaign, as well as how to use the program’s materials to bolster their own local promotional activities.

For more information about RV technician education initiatives and certification, attendees can visit the RV Education booth.

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