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Old 10-02-2008, 08:42 AM   #1
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Here is my take on the subject RV show.

I went to it on the thoughts that it would be very large with lots to see and many vendors to buy items from.

Well it was not worth it. Not worth the travel, the entry fee or the time spent.

I know times are hard, but now is the time to knukle down and... The manufactures had little of their product to show... Few vendors to speak of.

And I seem to recall this was supposed to be one of the bigest RV shows.

I can tell everyone, do not waste your time in the future, if you are considering it.

Go to Perry, GA or Tampa, FL, you will get a better show.

These are my thoughts.
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Here is my take on the subject RV show.

I went to it on the thoughts that it would be very large with lots to see and many vendors to buy items from.

Well it was not worth it. Not worth the travel, the entry fee or the time spent.

I know times are hard, but now is the time to knukle down and... The manufactures had little of their product to show... Few vendors to speak of.

And I seem to recall this was supposed to be one of the bigest RV shows.

I can tell everyone, do not waste your time in the future, if you are considering it.

Go to Perry, GA or Tampa, FL, you will get a better show.

These are my thoughts.
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Old 10-02-2008, 10:56 AM   #3
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Wow, I can't believe it has changed that much. Now, I know it has been several years since we went, but at the time, it was huge. We spent 4 days walking around it and looking it over. It was massive at the time. Has the industry really changed that much? Hmmm, guess so.
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Old 10-02-2008, 12:17 PM   #4
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I agree that the Hershey show, still billed as the largest, is not the place to shop for a wide selection of rvs from various manufacturers. The show seems to have become more orientated toward introducing new product lines, largely due to the press coverage the show appears to attract. HGTV has used the Hershey show in the past years, for its' RV 200X series.

This year Damon presented their prototype 'Avanti' for the first time to the public. Workhorse displayed their new W16 FRED chassis. Jayco introd. its' Entegra Coach line. Tiffin displayed their new Allegro Bus and Phaeton floorplans. Bob Tiffin was there a couple of days, and in fact, had an interesting conversation with him. Newmar introd. a low cost Ventana tag-axle coach, and a dedicated wheelchair accessible Allstar floorplan, albeit expensive @300K. Fleetwood displayed its '09 lineup using the PowerBridge chassis(first shown at FMCA-MN). But most notable was the absense of higher end coach manufacturers, though Country Coach did display a few coaches in the demo area.

I'd agree that the upcoming FMCA - Perry, GA convention would be a much better show to attend if shopping for a MH, both in terms of variety of floorplans and seminars. I'm planning to attend, my forth at Perry.
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Didn't get there this year but I've been to Hershey 2x and must say that it wasn't as good as it was when it was in Harrisburg.
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I was a regular at the Harrisburg show.

I went to the first Hershey show and it was not as good.

Very few vendors.

It's still the biggest show in the area, but Tampa is larger and has far more vendors.
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The Hershey show was a big let down this year. Many less vendors and no interest rates shown on the coaches. Prices seemed to be posted high so the salesmen could lower the deal making you think you got a deal. Nothing excited me and it seemed the diesels were left at home bringing mostly gas coaches.
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