Industry Optimistic heading into National RV Trade Show

RVIA’s 47th Annual National RV Trade Show brings 2010 product lines, thousands of industry officials and a renewed sense of optimism to the Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC) in Louisville, Dec. 1-3, 2009.

With pre-registration numbers for show attendees higher than last year’s numbers – and RV dealer pre-registration a full 15 percent higher than at this time last year, industry members are feeling positive as they head to the show, which comes on the heels of encouraging sales this fall at consumer shows across the country.

“This year’s show provides a rallying point for the RV industry as we start to recover from a historic recession,” says RVIA President Richard Coon. “And I’m glad to say that we have many reasons for optimism. RV shipments are improving, Americans still love our products, and the forecast is for market growth in the upcoming year. I think we will have a strong show that will help speed us along the road to recovery.”

Highlighting the growing optimism about the RV market, the National RV Trade Show will kick off with “Outlook 2010: Let the Sun Shine,” the market expansion showcase breakfast taking place on Dec. 1 from 6:45 – 9 a.m. in the KEC’s South Wing Mezzanine Ballroom.

One of the most anticipated annual industry events with more than 1,000 RV dealers and show exhibitors expected to be on hand, “Outlook 2010” will be hosted by RVIA Chairman Jim Sheldon and feature RVIA President Richard Coon’s thoughts on how RVIA has helped the industry weather the storm and prepare for a new beginning.

Special guests at “Outlook 2010” include Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, renowned antiquers and the hosts of History’s new show, American Pickers, who have made their careers traveling off the beaten path on a hunt for American treasures; David Woodworth, who will discuss the growth of the RV industry over the past 100 years, the evolution of RVs, and plans for the RV Centennial Celebration; and Silvio DiSalvatore, winner of NBC’s summer reality hit Great American Road Trip, who will share tales of his family’s RV adventure.