Mon Jan 22, 2018
It’s been a whirlwind trip through 2018’s early RV shows for suppliers and dealers alike, though they were still packing the NTP-Stag Expo, presented by Blue Ox, despite tornado warnings on Sunday, which delayed many travelers into the Dallas/Fort Worth airport.
“It’s been hectic,” says Georgiann Voissem, of Inspired Rep Group of coming off back-to-back-to-back shows, including the Florida SuperShow, which had just ended that day.
Hundreds of dealer reps were on hand for RV University classes Monday morning. Horizon Global had several new products introduced during its course, with other early morning presenters including Winegard and Lippert Components. In all there were 34 RV University courses presented in the morning.
The Pro Seminars Included The Age of the Customer: The RV Dealership's Roadmap to Thrive, From Great to Exceptional in Customer Service and Crafting a Winning Retail Strategy, presented by Christine Harrington, Richard Flint and Bob Phibbs, respectively.
Meanwhile, dealers from the Northeast were happy to be well south of the Mason-Dixon line, including dealer reps from Massachusetts. While temps in the Commonwealth have been frigid, including six straight days of record-low highs, the Lone Star state was in the balmy 70s, despite showing its tendency for its own bit of nasty weather, including marble-sized hail on Sunday.
From Denver, the RV News crew took off in a blizzard, circled around Dallas waiting for thunderstorm to subside only to find that the booth exhibit had been sent to Oklahoma City. But the show goes on.
Peter Wyant, parts manager for Wilkins RV Inc, a dealership with four locations in western New York, said the weather was nice, but the heat will be on for making decision on what to stock for the upcoming year.
“We’ll get about half our stock from this show,” Wyant says.