ELKHART ? Thousands of dealers from across the country are expected to descend on the RV capital of the world next week to see and place orders for the latest products offered by manufacturers and suppliers.

And with two years since the last dealer-only event, mega-manufacturers such as Thor IndustriesForest River and Winnebago Industries will likely be pulling out all of the stops with top-shelf food and entertainment aimed at increasing orders for their products. 

After all, a successful show is measured in billions of dollars in future orders. 

But this year, dealers and manufacturers are facing headwinds in the form of higher fuel prices, inflation, rising interest rates, volatility in the stock market and the possibility of a recession, all of which are expected to at least slow growth in the coming year. 

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Headwinds 

Some of those economic factors already have had at least some impact on the industry, as the RV Dealers Association has been reporting declining year-over-year sales since spring and manufacturers have been cutting back on production in recent months.

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