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Guests gather at RVB All-Industry party

A good time was had by all at the RVBusiness All-Industry Elkhart Party, held Thursday (Nov. 29) at Luchesse’s Italian Restaurant, a charitable event that was preceded by the taping of the RVBusiness RV of the Year Awards Show by “Rollin’ on TV” at the RV/MH Hall of Fame & Museum. 

RVBusiness (RVB) is the sister publication to Woodall’s Campground Management.

This marks the first year RVB has hosted its All-Industry Party in the northern Indiana RV-building hub of Elkhart, where the company is headquartered. Previously, RVB had been overseeing a popular annual soiree for years during the RV Industry Association’s (RVIA) National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky. The RVB staff felt it was an opportune time to transition the party northward to the RV arena’s home turf in Elkhart following the decision late last year to permanently cancel the traditional Louisville Show.

The event, which featured the traditional appearance of bagpipers and a toast led by RVB Publisher Sherman Goldenberg, who mentioned a successful business year and notable milestones, also benefited Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) Care Camps, a 35-year-old charity spearheaded by the independent, nonprofit KOA Owners Association that helps send kids with cancer to summer camps.

Vengeance Sales Manager Bradley Short (L) and General manager John Quake accept RV of the Year award.

Among the party sponsors: Carefree of Colorado, Cummins Inc., CWRV Transport, Dometic, Forest River Inc., Kampgrounds of America Inc., RVBusiness, Thor Industries Inc. and Wells-Fargo CDF.

This was the fourth year “Rollin’ on TV” has traveled to Elkhart for the RV of the Year Awards Show. The event featured the five finalists for the magazine’s coveted RV of the Year, which included the Leisure Travel Vans Wonder RTB Class C motorhome, the inTech Sol travel trailer, Winnebago Micro Minnie 2405RG fifth-wheel, Thor Motor Coach Magnitude/Omni Super C motorhome and, the overall winner, the Forest River Vengeance Touring Edition 385FKS toy hauler fifth-wheel.

Representatives from each manufacturer were on hand to accept their award, as well as provide comments on the development of their respective unit.

Bagpipers entertain RVB party

In addition, the show featured Ava Snyder and Jaunita Reyes, California residents who were selected as winners of the “Win a Trip to the RV Capital of the World Contest.” The contest, which awarded Snyder and Reyes with a trip to Elkhart was jointly sponsored by Jayco Inc. and “Rollin’ on TV.”

The RVBusiness RV of the Year Awards Show was hosted by Rick Kessler, managing editor for RVBusiness magazine, and Allison Hayes, sports reporter and anchor at WBND TV, the local ABC affiliate.

The RV of the Year show, due for a Jan. 13 release, is poised to reach as many as 40 million North American households on both cable and satellite TV, reports “ROTV” Executive Producer Joe Moniz, whose program is cosponsored by Thetford Corp., Airxcel Inc., Cummins Inc. and LaSalle Bristol.