Elkhart Open House

(Sept. 21, 2018) –LCI has announced that Forest River Work and Play as well as Coachmen Adrenaline brand toy haulers will debut it’s all new ramp door technology at this year’s Elkhart RV Open House.

(Sept. 21, 2017) — Some estimates suggest 2,500 products were on display, 4,000 dealers were in attendance, and $2.5 billion of business took place, reported RV Business.

(April 20, 2017) — In what has become an annual rite of early fall, the 2017 Elkhart RV Open House will be held the week of Sept. 18 to 22 around the north side boulevards of the RV-building center of Elkhart, Ind., spokesmen for Forest River told RV Business today.

(Sept. 22, 2016) — The central mission for thousands of dealer personnel at the Elkhart RV Open House is to secure inventory for 2017 at volume buying discounts. And from what RV Business can tell, there was plenty of that going on.

(Feb. 5, 2016) — No one in a position to do so would officially confirm the exact dates of what typically becomes one of the industry’s worst kept secrets. But there were hints, RV Business reported.

(Dec. 8, 2015) — Combining shows by offering a full range of dealer training, plus networking opportunities to meet with suppliers, meetings with manufacturers and the ability to look at acres of new products would be a HUGE plus for the RV industry. It’s the only way to ensure the viability of a giant all-industry show.

(Sept. 25, 2015) — Granted, I didn’t spend a lot of time out and about in the displays because we had a steady stream of people coming into my motorhome to record podcasts at the open house, but attendance seemed down to me. Perhaps the displays were scattered over larger areas, or the tents were bigger, but seating was plentiful at this year’s bigger event.

(Oct. 3, 2014) — “We’re up about 50 percent compared to four years ago,” said Cassidy. “RV manufacturers are building products with a higher-end look that gives these motorhomes a jazzed up, sexy look inside. It’s attracting a different type of buyer who may never have considered the versatility of a smaller motorhome.”

(Sept. 18, 2014) — Negotiations are taking place at the Elkhart Open House this week. It is a time for RV makers to enterain dealers and encourage them to place next year’s orders earlier to give factories more work during a slow time of year. In exchange, the manufacturers offer dealers discounts.

(Sept. 16, 2014) — Lippert Components announced today the introduction of custom glass printing capabilities, and will debut custom printed glass kitchen backsplashes on the 2015 Jayco Starcraft and Evergreen Lifestyle during the Open House.

(Sept. 16, 2014) — RV industry executives and politicians gathered briefly Monday afternoon ahead of the Elkhart County Open House to talk about how the show has grown into a North American event. More than 4,000 employees of RV dealers in North America are expected to attend the event.

(Sept. 16, 2014) — Thor Motor Coach is receiving good feedback from dealers for their 2014 Made to Fit models. Included this year are the Axis and Vegas lines, an expansion of the Outlaw, and new Four Winds and Chateau 35SF.

(Sept. 16, 2014) — Every Winnebago trailer and fifth wheel model will be on display at this event. In addition, the company will be introducing four new models. The company will also introduce a new platinum Minnie with gel coat fiberglass.

(Sept. 15, 2014) — Since it started six years ago, the event has exploded into a major regional trade show involving 60 RV manufacturers and suppliers and more than 4,000 dealer attendees, said Thompson. Dicor CEO Gregg Fore said the impact is the equivalent of adding 100 full-time jobs to the local economy.

(Sept. 12, 2014) — The RV industry continues to experience strong and steady growth, according to performance data from GE Capital, Commercial Distribution Finance, a provider of financing to the industry

(Sept. 12, 2014) — Heartland Recreational Vehicles has introduced the all-new Edge toy hauler, priced to compete in one of the industry’s fastest growing sectors.

(Sept. 11, 2014) — Starcraft RV has re-entered the fifth wheel market with some new products to complete its full line of towables. A mid-high priced Solstice fifth wheel and the mid-priced Travel Star and Travel Star Galaxy fill out the company’s offerings.

(Sept. 11, 2014) — Heartland RV recently launched 3900FLP Big Country fifth-wheel with the addition of the company’s side patio onto its front living model.

(Sept. 11, 2014) — Dutchmen Manufacturing’s anticipated 2015 Denali and Denali Northern Lite product lines plan to hit the ground running at this year’s Fifth Annual Dealer Open House

(Sept. 11, 2014) — The Elkhart Open House is a place for dealers to see what manufacturers have to offer with new floor plans and models. It allows dealers to write orders that will guide the production that employs 30,000 people in Elkhart County.


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