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RV News Blog: 1st Day of Jayco Homecoming Centered on Eclipse

Mon Aug 21, 2017
Author: David Rozansky

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Nashville is abuzz with talk of the eclipse. Today in the early afternoon, there will be a total eclipse of the sun. It is billed as The Great American Eclipse. The path of the total solar eclipse will cross the country in a narrow band. Campgrounds and parks will be crowded all along the path, a notable event that has been touted as a great boon for the RV industry as RVers take to the roads to see this once in a lifetime event.

The largest city that will experience Monday’s totality is Nashville, Tennessee. This day before the eclipse, visitors are settling in. A crush of tourists moves in slow waves past the glitzy honkytonks of Broadway, and a line stretches down the block at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum. The crooning of bar musicians belting out country music — of various quality — tries to drown out the hawker’s shouts on the corners who pitch ring-of-fire T-shirts. There is not a pair of eclipse glasses to be found anywhere. The August heat bears down, making everyone sweat. There is no escape from the sun, as though in defiance of the moon’s relentless approach.

This is the venue of the Jayco Dealer Homecoming for 2017.

The trailers appear teasingly in the windows of the convention center across the street from the homecoming’s selected hotel. Early check in to the dealer event was easy, simple. A hall pass, and a 12-page program, are all that attendees receive on this day before the show, with a promise of eclipse glasses inside the convention hall at the Music City Center.

Jayco held the early registration for the 2017 Jayco Dealer Homecoming dealer show at the Westin Nashville hotel, across the street from Nashville's Music City Center convention center where the show will take place. Glimpses of RVs appeared through the convention hall windows as arriving Jayco dealers checked in to the hotel and collected their show passes and programs for the show. The show will be held Monday, Aug. 21 through Wednesday, Aug. 23.

Temperatures on the street soared above 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and a crush of crowds pushed through the city's tourism district of honkytonks and souvenir shops. The city has swelled with visitors who have come to watch the solar eclipse reach totality.

The eclipse will occur in the middle of the dealer show's first day, and Jayco announced the company has procured eclipse glasses for all show attendees. Time is allotted in the show schedule for attendees to view the eclipse. The keynote presentation and the awards ceremony for top dealers is scheduled for after the gala homecoming dinner Monday night.

Program for Monday, Aug. 21

The displays and sales conferences open at 8 a.m. Monday. Other than the small manner of a total eclipse of the sun, little else is planned for the day. In the evening, however, Jayco will hold its opening ceremonies in the convention hall. A gala dinner is planned for the attending dealers, followed by a keynote presentation by Jayco President and CEO Derald Bontrager, and the awards ceremony for the top-selling Jayco dealers.

Listed Dealer Awards

The following will receive a Top Five Motorized Dealer award:

• Dixie RV Superstores – Hammond, Louisiana/Breaux Bridge, Louisiana/Defuniak Springs, Florida
• Richardson’s RV Centers Inc. – Menifee, California/Riverside, California/Temecula, California
• Albany RV – Latham, New York
• Tampa RV – Dover, Florida
• Orlando RV - Winter Park, Florida

The following dealers will receive a Top Ten Towable Dealers Award:

• Crestview RV Center – Buda, Texas
• Crestview RV Superstore – Selma, Texas
• Albany RV – Latham, New York
• Sicard RV – Smithville, Ontario
• Broadmoor RV – Pasco, Washington
• Manteca Trailer and Motorhome – Manteca, California
• Traveland RV Superstore – Langley, British Columbia/Airdrie, British Columbia
• Tampa RV – Dover, Florida
• Lone Star RV Sales – Houston, Texas
• Richardson’s RV Centers Inc. – Menifee, California/Riverside, California/Temecula, California
• Camping World RV Sales – Hillsboro, Oregon

The program lists which dealers will receive the "No. 1" dealers awards in various categories:

• Albany RV of Latham, New York will receive the No. 1 type A Dealer award.
• Dixie RV Superstores, of Hammond, Louisiana; Breaux Bridge, Louisiana; and Defuniak Springs, Florida, will receive the No. 1 type C Dealer award.
• Broadmoor RV of Pasco, Washington will receive the No. 1 Toy Hauler Dealer award.
• Richardson’s RV Centers Inc. of Menifee, California; Riverside, California; and Temecula, California, will receive the No. 1 Fifth Wheel Dealer award.
• Crestview RV Center of Buda, Texas and Crestview RV Superstore of Selma, Texas will share the No. 1 Travel Trailer Dealers award.
• Camping World RV Sales of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Anthony, Texas, will receive the No. 1 Camping Trailer award.
• The No. 1 Overall Dealer award will be given to Albany RV of Latham, New York.

Program for Tuesday, Aug. 22

Jayco will begin the official sales presentations on Tuesday morning. The presentations start with a general session, and then breaks into "State of the Division" and sales presentations for the towables and the motorized divisions.

The schedule also includes a presentation by RV Family Travel Atlas on "How to Utilize Social Media to Attract RVers."

Jayco will host Evening Festivities with the band Parmalee at the Wildhorse Saloon after the show on Tuesday evening.

RV Family Travel Atlas

The RV Family Travel Atlas is a podcast cohosted by Jeremy and Stephanie Puglisi. According to the Jayco Dealer Homecoming program, the Puglisis are national RV influencers and Jayco family members. They are also the authors of The Idiots Guide to RV Vacations and the Acadia National Park Adventure Guide.

The program says, "After buying their very first pop-up camper eight years ago, Jeremy and Stephanie caught the RV bug in a big way, and now spend over 70 nights a year in their Jayco Octane with their three sons, Theo, Max and Wes, and sweet Maggie the camping dog."

Program for Wednesday, Aug. 23

Jayco’s schedule for Wednesday is fairly slow, and Renee Jones, Jayco Marketing director, says that it is likely to be a slow time meant to wrap things up. The display in the convention hall closes at noon.

Featured Floorplans

The following models and floorplans will be featured during the show:

• Hummingbird 17BH
• White Hawk 29FLS
• Jayflight 28BHS
• Eagle FW 347BHOK
• Jay Feather 27RL
• Jayflight SLX 224BH
• Eagle HT FW 30.5CKTS
• North Point 381FLWS
• Pinnacle 37RLWS
• Talon 413T
• Greyhawk Prestige 29MVP
• Octane T32H
• Redhawk SE 22C
• Melbourne Prestige 24L
• Alante 29S

Jayco dealers and their significant others, gathered in the hotel bar in the lobby of the Westin Nashville hotel from about 5 p.m. on into the night. The conversation generally centered on the highlights of the Jayco golf tournament that took place that morning, and on the heat. Many had taken a short walk earlier to find lunch, and many commiserated it had been a long, hot walk to the restaurants on Broadway, and it had been more than an hour’s wait, if seats at popular lunch spots could be had at all.

All around the room, talk of the eclipse eclipsed the talk of the show to come.