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Old 08-14-2009, 09:25 AM   #1
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Hershey PA RV Show = No Airstreams

Airstream and/or it's dealers are not on the Exhibitors list for this . It is advertised as the biggest RV show in the US.

Colonial Airstream, which is almost the closest to Hershey, is not listed either.

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Boy, that seems strange. I wouldn't think that Airstream would miss any of the major RV shows.


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Question is whether that show is represented by dealers or manufacturers. This spring's RV show here at the Convention Center was smaller and also reported reduced attendance. With things the way they have developed now further into the year, it wouldn't surprise me that any show wouldn't be smaller.

These types of shows aren't cheap for a dealer. You pay for square footage, you pay for electric, you pay for communications services, and dependent upon jurisdictions, you have union labor for many other items. You have to haul your RV's down to the convention center and back, have folks prep and clean them and then devote sales staff to an event that starts at 10 am and ends at 10 pm for a minimum of 3 to 4 days. I know one local dealer (non an Airstream) who used to say that he hated that show but felt compelled to attend since it drew people into his dealership later on in the year. Many times the manufacturer will send down a rep to help the sales team on the floor or may supply a trailer for display purposes. I think the Pan American model at this years show may have been on loan from Airstream rather than one owned by the dealership.

Considering how things are, the dealership will put his money where he will get the best bang for the buck.

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Old 08-14-2009, 02:42 PM   #5
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The URL for the show is: America's Largest RV Show - Public Info

Under the Exhibitors list, the Manufacturers are identified and if they are being represented by a dealer(s), that is shown also. Some are by Mfg only and some show both.
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Old 08-14-2009, 06:05 PM   #6
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The Fall RV show in Louisville, KY has been and probably still is the largest gathering of RV manufacturers.

On the West Coast, the RV show held at the Pomona Fair Grounds, Pomona, CA is an additional high profile display of RV manufacturers. Airstream traditional is represent in Pomona..

The Hershey RV show has been one of the high profile product viewing sites.

I have no answer for Airstream not be represented. But whatever their reason it is sound and right on.
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Old 09-18-2009, 08:05 PM   #7
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Have spent the past two days at the Hershey show. WOW !!!

I'm amazed at how many RV's here are being sold. You wouldn't think the economy is in the .

Funny that there are no airstreams even parked in the parking or onsite camping areas. We do have a Bambi here at our campground in Intercourse PA though and she's from just down the road from where we live in Virginia.
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Was the Greensboro, NC RV show last weekend. Lots of nice RVs there, and many being sold. No Airstreams, though...the ones I really wanted to see.
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It might make good business sense.

If Airstream feels that they won't get much out of it. Save money, keep costs down. Airsteam doesn't really have competitive pricing with most of the ticky tacky, look alike white boxes. Airstream customers are brand loyal, new customers are people who always wanted an Airsteam, or always like unique things. So why compete when you are only going to sway a very few people from buying an Airsteam over a white box?
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We take Airstreams to three Toronto shows and one London Show each year. They are expensive and a pain to do but they are a very effective way to show Airstreams to people that would not otherwise have thought of one.

I attended the dealer day at Hersey last year and it was a waste of time for the manufactures that were there. I think they charge manufactures to be there on the dealer day whether they are interested in it or not so that might be why Airstream does not display there.

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We have been going to the Hershey RV show for about the last five years. It's a really nice show, but as long as we have been going there have been NO Airstreams on display.
They say if you are in the market for a deal this is the place to go, because the delaers are trying to get rid of inventory at the end of the season. We too have always been amazed at the number of RVs with "SOLD" signs hanging in them. But then again that may be all a sales ploy. It's neat to go an see the high end Class A motor homes that we can't afford
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The fact is that it is a legal issue. Dealers in NJ cannot show in Pa and visa versa. So it would have to be a PA or Delaware dealer. The closest would be the dealer in Greensburg Pa but he choses not to go due to expense, distance and manpower. Your other comments are right on also. The crowd, for the most part, is looking for the white box but would love to see an Airstream. Exposure is good but sales are mimimal for the high end. Airstream will be at Rockland county on October 2-October 4.
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It is sad that the corporate woud not assist in some manner. This only adds to the typical I getat campgroundss, "do they stll make Airstreams?" Exposure is the only way to remain a viable company. (Hope this reads ok trying it on a black berry and can't read the screen as I type)

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