I attended the RIVA RV Industry National Trade Show in Louisville earlier this month.
1MM square feet of RV excess and innovation. NO fiberglass trailers displayed. Not surprising since this industry trade show is closed to the public. Manufacturers display their goods for the industry dealers to see. Since most all the Fiberglass trailers are sold direct and not through a dealer therefore none were there on display!
The show had most everything from new design clam shells, canned ham, pop-ups, trailers, 5th wheels, class ABC motorhomes and all the trinkets and trash you could want for your RV! The BIG players are noted above were there in force with trailers from small to large displayed. No real "tiny house" trailers per se as you see on the TV shows dedicated to that "movement" however there were numerous large "towables" displayed that can be only moved/transported by permit that make great river camps, tiny lake homes or mountain cabins.
Not as many BIG motorhomes as in the past. Everyone of the big guys showed some type of Sprinter Van based motorhome (vastly overpriced) and more truck chassis based motorhome/toyhaulers were shown. Spartan Chassis was showing their upgraded chassis with HUGE front tires
and a new heavier capacity axle
to stop the huge problem of blown front tires
on large diesel pusher motorhomes due to overloading. LOT'S of new and pretty innovative new product ideas are coming in areas of water management, solar
, batteries, interior design and materials.
I attended the show on Tuesday and was surprised it was not more busy (better attended with Buyer/dealers) than it was. By comparison to the Las Vegas SEMA show I attended in November which was HUGE! Biggest its ever been with 1.6MM square feet of automotive aftermarket, OEM manufacturer stuff and 160K+ registered attendee's. Because of the HUGE participation at SEMA I expected RVIA to have far more dealer/buyers walking the show on the first day. I also attended the PRI (Performance Racing Industry) trade show the following week after RVIA in Indianapolis & although a much smaller trade show by square footage the show was far more "crowded" with actual dealer/buyer's than RVIA. There were a LOT of RV manufacturing industry people/employee's from the RV manufacturer's at RVIA just sitting around BSing!
Here is a link to the RVIA website that may have additional coverage of the RV Industry National trade show for your enjoyment!
The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association: RVIA Main Site Home