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RVIA sees product innovation abound

RESTON, Va. — The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) welcomed the RV Industry to day one of the 2017 National RV Trade Show. This event is breaking the mold of traditional trade gatherings as dealers and manufactures convened to unveil product innovations, highlight new features, showcase emerging trends, network and gain valuable education to help RV sellers strengthen and hone their business acumen.

The event opened its doors to a record number of RV sellers and attendees from around the world, showing double-digit attendance growth over the prior year. The overall show platform has been amplified and expanded to feature fresh new content. New opening day highlights gave a sneak peek to product launches and celebrated technicians, the heart of the industry and the key to keeping adventures out on the road.

The first-ever Media Preview welcomed nine RV manufactures and suppliers who shared their latest company news, new product features, brand story and leadership changes to nearly 50 industry journalists. Participants included: Winnebago, Forest River, Truma, Taxa, Dometic, Jayco, Thetford, Lance and Keystone.

“The new media preview adds a wonderful element to the National RV Trade Show, providing a relaxed opportunity for RV manufacturers and suppliers to present to and network with an audience of key trade and consumer journalists,” said Liz Crawford, RVIA senior vice president, Trade Shows and Events.

She added, “As we continue to look for opportunities to innovate the show and provide added value opportunities to our exhibitors, these types of events help further that effort and lends to our mission to provide a vibrant, content rich, industry show.”

RVIA also launched the first annual Top Tech Challenge, sponsored by Airxcel, Dometic, Lippert Components and Thetford. This new event pits experienced RV service techs against each other to determine the Top Tech of the year. Besides being crowned RIVA’s Top Tech, the winner of the challenge will be presented with a $10,000 grand prize. Opening Round and Event Kick Off took place on Nov. 27 4-6 p.m. with the Championship Round scheduled for Nov. 29 from 5– 6:30 p.m.

“This competition and opportunity to support the skills of RV technicians, is vitally important to the health and growth of the RV industry. Mechanics and technicians keep RV’s on the road and traveler’s safe while they comfortably explore the country,” said Jeff Rutherford, event sponsor and president and CEO Airxcel.

Congratulations to the Top Three finishers in the Opening Round of the Top Tech Challenge:

John Larson – Nevada Mobile RV Service
Brandon Galbreath – D&N RV Service
Joshua Bedsaul – RVs Unlimited

Watch them compete for $10,000 and the title of Top Tech during the finals on Wednesday at 5pm in the Outside Lifestyle Pavilion.

Through the remainder of the show, attendees will enjoy a jam-packed schedule of engaging industry events as well as informative RV seller marketing training, sales, technician training, service training and more. For a complete list of events, sessions, brands or exhibitors, go to

SOURCE: Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) press release

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About Ronnie Wendt

Ronnie Wendt is the editor in chief of RV Daily Report. She's been a writer/editor for more than 25 years, working in law enforcement, aviation, supply chain and now the RV industry. She's not a stranger to RVs, however. She grew up camping, and still camps as many weekends as she can every year.

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