Thu May 30, 2019
Author: RV News Staff
The inaugural RV Hall of Fame Suppliers Show at the Northern Indiana Event Center is sold out, Darryl Searer, president of the RV/MH Hall of Fame says.
The new show, which is scheduled to run concurrently with the Elkhart Open House in September, is expected to feature 80 suppliers. Searer says the event has a waiting list for space, but he doesn’t expect any of the suppliers that reserved 105 booths to cancel.
Suppliers taking the largest space include PullRite, Fleming Sales, Dometic and Bitimec. Others include Winegard, HWH Corp., BAL/Norco Industries, Progressive Dynamics, Roadmaster and UltraFab.
The show is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for Sept. 23 to 25 and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 26.
“All of the exhibitors were elated that Thor allowed us to host the suppliers this year,” Searer says. “I have been getting emails every day and now we have a waiting list for at least eight more booths that we don’t have room for.”
Searer says suppliers who exhibit this year will have first choice of space for the 2020 show. He says the Hall of Fame intends to market the show to dealers, designers, engineers and purchasing managers at the Elkhart RV factories.
“We want to make sure it turns out to be well worthwhile for the suppliers, and that it’s not a one and done show,” Searer says.
Additional space in the pavilion Thor Industries is building east of the hall of fame might be available for future shows.
“Until that is completed, it is difficult to plan,” he says.
The pavilion is expected to be finished Aug. 1 but it’s about two weeks behind schedule due to Elkhart’s rainy spring, Searer says.
“We welcome the opportunity to host suppliers, and we will do everything in our power to make it worth their time to display at the Open House,” he says.