October 31, 2012 - 2013 Elkhart RV Show

Optimism for the Midwest RV Supershow

This past August 8-11, the RV/MH Hall of Fame hosted the 58th Midwest RV Supershow. Matt Rose, director of recreation vehicles for the Indiana Manufacturing Housing Association-Recreation Vehicle Industry Council (IMHA-RVIC) was optimistic heading into the show. He anticipated 5,000 people to flock to the site, and saw 13 dealers sign on this year, up from 8 at last years show.

Shipment numbers are up about 13% from a year ago


The show drew approximately 4,100 attendees. While this fell short of Rose’s projection, it was still a 10% increase in attendance from last years show, peaking with 1,700 flocking to the show on Saturday the 10th. With 83% of the nations RV’s coming from the Elkhart area, the show has been a major gateway for dealers to showcase upcoming models and new product innovation, such as Way Interglobal’s Hisense Smart TV.

Steady Growth

Rose was very pleased with the show. “The most important thing, the dealers are very happy,” Rose said. “Nearly everybody there, in terms of the dealers, did very well. They sold a lot of units.” A report from WSBT only helped to enforce that fact, stating that projections have this year’s shipments exceeding 300,000 for the first time since 2007. It would mark the fourth straight year of increased numbers.

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