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2013 Hershey RV Show logoThe Hershey RV Show, officially known as America’s Largest RV Show by the sponsoring Pennsylvania RV & Camping Association (PRVCA), has become the kickoff venue for the RV industry to unveil its new model year lines on a national scale to both a trade and RV buyer. And this year’s event – set for Sept 9-15 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. – should go a long way toward reinforcing that reputation.

“The show is doing as good as it’s ever done in the sense of we’re virtually sold out for vendor space inside and we created more area outside,” reports Show Chairman Dan Saltzgiver, general manager for Camping World of Hanover (Pa.). “And then there’s the manufacturers’ space, which was all but sold out at the show drawing going back to the first week of May. Since then, what little space we had, Becky (Lenington, PRVCA executive director) pretty much has it all sold. She actually converted one area that we haven’t used in the manufacturers’ space to try to accommodate some more manufacturers.”

The good news, in a nutshell, from PRVCA:

• Through the end of July, the Hershey Show’s sold space totaled 817,120 net square feet versus 745,127 net square feet in 2012.

• The show’s total square footage as of mid-July: 1.54 million gross square feet.

• Outdoor manufacturer space is up 18% for this year’s show and the number of displays has increased by about 50 booths.

• The sold-out Giant Center is scheduled to house 238 booths.

Attendance Goal

PRVCA wants to top 2012’s record-breaking, public day attendance of 43,131, a 29% uptick from 2011. And it wants to surpass the 2,022 attendees registered on last year’s trade days, a 12.77% from 2011.

Pennsylvania RV ShowAmerica’s Largest RV Show, held in Hershey, Pa., is preparing for another record breaking year, the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association reported today.

“I am pleased to report that space sales at the time of this year’s show drawing has not only exceeded last year’s show drawing, but total space sales from the 2012 show,” said Rebecca Lenington, PRVCA executive vice president, at the 45th annual show drawing. The event, which gives manufacturer and booth vendor representatives the opportunity to select their company’s location in the show, was held May 8 at the Hershey Lodge.

Forty-five manufacturers and 149 booth vendors have purchased 769,011 square feet and 35,155 square feet of space, respectively, which is 19.8 percent more than space sold at the 2012 show drawing and 7.9 percent more than last year at show time.

“There is a very limited amount of manufacturer space available, and all of the booths for public days are sold out inside the Giant Center,” Lenington reported. “This year we extended manufacturer exhibit space into the parking lot and added additional booth space outside to accommodate the show’s growth.”

America’s Largest RV Show incorporates both industry and public days to create a true hybrid show. Industry Days provides dealers and manufacturers the opportunity to connect and concentrate on building relationships while the Public Days allows dealers to sell the new products to consumers.

“We here at Lance are very excited for this year’s Hershey RV Show,” said William Hill, of Lance Camper Manufacturing. “We look forward to being part of many more to come!”

The show is often the first to debut new 2014 RV products.

“Industry Days allows all of my staff to see the new product,” said Dan Saltzgiver, show chairman and general manager of Camping World of Hanover. “By sending half of my staff on Monday and half on Tuesday, everyone get a chance to see what’s new.”

“The show also provides sales training opportunities,” added Nick Palm, of Tiffin Motorhomes.

Affordable education programs provide an in-depth look at various aspects of the RV industry including:

  • A full-day of RV technician training by Lippert Components and Gary Motley
  • RV technician distance learning lead by Don Bray
  • A full-day parts manager clinic by Chuck Marzahn, of Marzahn and King.
  • A seminar on the latest RV park trends by David Gorin
  • The Red Carpet Breakfast is returning to Chocolate World with a motivational message by NFL Hall of Famer Rod Woodson who will also be available for a meet and greet and autographs.

The annual industry party will be held on Monday evening at enjoy everyone’s favorite Hersheypark where exhibitors and attendees can enjoy rides, a variety of heavy hors d’oeuvres, Pennsylvania’s own Yuengling Lager and assortment of wines. The party, which is held from 4 to 6 p.m., gives participants plenty of free time in the evening for networking, taking in the sites or just relaxing, said Lennington.

America’s Largest RV Show, which is sponsored by the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association, will take place at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa., from Sept. 9 to 15. For more information visit


Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association LogoPennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has proclaimed the month of May as “Recreation Vehicle and Camping Month” for the 23rd straight year.

“The unique sites, history and culture of Pennsylvania can be discovered by the entire family from the comfort and convenience of recreational vehicles,” he said. “I encourages all citizens to pursue their passions and escape with their families on the road across the farthest reaches of our state.”

RVing and camping continues to be a strong force for Pennsylvania’s economy. From campgrounds that extend to the outermost corners of the state to RV dealerships, suppliers, distributors and service providers, Pennsylvania is an example of how people embrace the joys and benefits of RVing.

As host to the industry’s largest industry and retail RV show in the country at the Giant Center in Hershey, (, Pennsylvania introduces consumers to the latest products the RV industry has to offer. Visitors are even welcomed into Pennsylvania with seven statewide billboards directing them to the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA) website.

Rebecca Lenington, PRVCA executive vice president, noted, “In conjunction with the governor’s proclamation, PRVCA is kicking off its annual Open House campaign. The goal of the Open House campaign is to direct consumers to their local campgrounds and dealerships and expose them to the many benefits of RV ownership and the freedom that traveling by RV provides.” To view the campgrounds and RV dealerships in your area, visit and click on “Member Listings.”

Not only does the RV industry offer a great way to discover Pennsylvania, but it also offers career opportunities and apprenticeships to the many campgrounds and RV dealerships across the state of Pennsylvania. People can even become a trained RV technician from the comfort and convenience of their home with online instruction. For more details, visit and click on “Training.”

2013 Pennsylvania RV & Camping GuideRVers can also learn more about Pennsylvania’s outdoor recreation opportunities by ordering a free copy of the 2013 RV and camping guide, Explore Pennsylvania. The 52-page publication includes feature articles on fun tips and helpful camping hints along with a full PRVCA membership directory connecting readers to hundreds of campgrounds, dealerships, suppliers and manufacturers.

For more information about PRVCA or for a free copy of Explore Pennsylvania, please call (888) 303-2887, e-mail, or visit








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