The whole thing started a few years back when Forest River decided that it would hold an open house at its facility and fly in RV dealers from across the country to unveil it’s newest products for the upcoming year and… (this is important), give the dealers an early opportunity to place orders for the upcoming new year and season.
Well, this idea worked so well that the following year, Thor industries decided to do the same thing but since their factories were located in various areas, they took over a large plot of land near the RVMH Hall Of Fame Museum and set up their own Open House display.
You guessed it, the whole concept of the Open House was a huge success and now virtually every RV manufacturer has staked out a plot of Elkhart farmland and set up their own Open House exhibits. This year the Open House stretched from the RVMH Museum for about a mile or so all the way to the Forest River facility.
The atmosphere is unique.. it’s like taking a giant RV show combined with a state fair and throwing in food ranging from prime rib and lobsters, to corn dogs and giant pretzels. Ohand lets not forget some top name entertainment and open bars. Got the picture? And by the way, ‘yes’ business does get done here…. Lot’s of it.
Because there is so much to see at this event, we decided to stretch it out over a few shows to show you as much as we can of “What’s Hot For 2019".
This week we caught Michelle Fontaine, checking out a cute ‘little’ trailer that came all the way from the UK called the ‘BareFoot’. And as you’ll see, this pint-sized beauty was full of surprises.
RV Do-It-Yourselfer, Pippi Peterson
Also this week, with more and more people starting to do repairs and updates to their RV’s, we thought we’d bring back a serious RV DIYer that will surprise most of you. This week, we introduce you to Pippi Peterson. When our friends at Carefree Of Colorado called us and said they had sent one of their new power awnings to a gal in Arizona that was going to install it herself, we thought, "this could be a great story"!
We were right. Jeff Johnston, Michelle and Laurie tripped over to meet Pippi at her location in Arizona and covered this story. Needless to say, we’re glad we did and I’m sure once you meet Pippi and see how talented and skilled she really is, you’ll be glad we did the story too. And by the way, as you’ll see, the awning install went perfectly and works just fine.
Installing a Cell Phone Booster by RV Education 101
I know... people often say they like RVing because it allows them to get away from it all without modern day interferences. And that’s true, but people still want to stay in touch when they want and they want to share experiences with their friends and family as they happen. To do this, you need some special gear to insure you stay connected.
This week, Mark and Dawn Polk from RV Education 101, show us how relatively easy it is to install your own Cellular Signal Booster in your RV. As you’ll see, it’s really not that difficult and I’m sure you’ll enjoy the boost in connectivity.