ELKHART — Thousands of visitors, lavish entertainment and lots of deal-making will return to the city this year when RV manufacturers and suppliers roll out the red carpet for dealers from throughout North America and beyond. 

Three of the largest RV manufacturers – Thor IndustriesForest River and Winnebago Industries – confirmed they will proceed with the four-day show beginning Sept. 26 that typically stretches west from the RV/MH Hall of Fame along County Road 6. 

The massive, dealer-only show, which allows retailers to see the latest offerings from RV manufacturers and suppliers, was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 because of the pandemic.

But ironically, the restrictions imposed by the pandemic also led to a surge in interest in RVing because camping allows a form of recreation where social distancing and other protocols can be observed. 

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“Because Wi-Fi is so readily available, people have discovered that they can still conduct business or even attend online classes at parks across the country,” said Darryl Searer, president of the RV/MH Hall.

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