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Second annual Spring Hall of Fame RV Show wraps up

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The 2nd Annual Spring Hall of fame RV Show wrapped up, Sunday. The four day event began on Thursday and was at the Northern Indiana Event Center.

"There's no better place to hold a show than right here in Elkhart County. One hundred percent of all the RV's here are built in either Elkhart or LaGrange counties,” Director of Recreational Vehicles for the Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council, Matt Rose said. “We've had people come from as far as New Jersey to buy units at this show."

Hundreds of motor vehicles and fifth wheels were on display to the hundreds of people who visited the show. People were also able to purchase a vehicle and leave a brand new owner of what they saw. "What we thought was going to be a good turnout, turned out to be a great turnout,”Chad Rothrock of Total Value RV said. “We've sold more than we expected to."

Besides trying to makes some sales, RV dealers also use the show as a chance to think of future plans. "You get an idea of what people are thinking, what people are looking for and you get an idea from the dealer's standpoint what we need to stock and what we need to not stock," Kyle Richardson of Indiana RV Connection said.

This allows the RV dealers to come back to the show next year and other upcoming events with exactly what the customer wants. "What we're seeing out here is the dealers have brought a lot more product out and the product seems to be getting bigger," Rose said.

This was the second year of the show and Rose says it drew a much larger crowd than last year. This is some evidence that the RV industry is picking up once again.

"Sales are coming back especially in the motor homes and the higher-end fifth wheels even," Richardson said.


"It's really starting to seem like our industry is picking up, so the recession hasn't hurt the RV industry for the long run is what we're looking at here," Rothrock said.

Last year's show was only three days long. The fourth additional day for this year's show was a result of the RV dealers requesting it. Rose says he hopes to have the RV dealers bring even more product for next year's event.

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