HERSHEY, Pa. – (September 23, 2022) – The RV Shop made its grand debut at the 2022 Hershey RV Show during the week-long expo at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. from September 14-18, 2022. The RV Shop officially launched as a division of Delaware Truck Refinishers (DTR) back in July 2022, but the Hershey RV Show was the formal introduction of the brand to the tri-state RV market.
According to the event organizer, the Pennsylvania Recreation Vehicle and Camping Association (PRVCA), the Hershey RV Show, also known as America’s Largest RV Show, had more than 49,000 people attended the 53rd annual event. The annual show brings guest from all over North America to learn about the latest models, innovations, parts, and services for RVs in today’s market.
“Interest in RVing remains high and with a tough economy, many consumers were still attending to shop for their next RV,” says Heather Leach, PRVCA executive director, “this show is always a great place for consumers to check out the newest products, floor plans and designs.”
The purpose of The RV Shop’s presences at this years’ show was to make consumers aware of a complete shop for RV body repairs and paint right in their own back yard. The RV Shop is conveniently located in New Castle, Delaware with convenient access to all major highways and bridges. The 80,000 square-foot location houses three state-of-the-art paint booths, indoor storage, and a growing team with years of experience.
“We know that this market has a huge gap when it comes to finding quality vendors to complete warranty and repair work,” said Patrick Connell, president and owner of The RV Shop, “we have over 30 years of experience in delivering quality RV repairs.”
Exhibiting during the public days of the show, The RV Shop team met hundreds of RV owners in need of service. “It’s hard to find repair services for RVs in our area,” said one booth visitor from New York, “even with it being a 2-hour drive away, we will keep [The RV Shop] in mind for future repairs.”
The RV Shop became an instant hit over the course of the Hershey RV Show after incorporating a very well-known RV figure in their exhibit – the one and only Cousin Eddie. Early in the week, the cardboard cutout of the famous figure drew instant interest from many event goers. “This is the best display in the entire show,” said Tori Kaminski of Wall, New Jersey.
On Saturday and Sunday of the week-long event, DTR’s collision foreman, Anthony Cumella, brought Cousin Eddie to life and instantly drew the outdoor crowd for photo opportunities. Cumella has been with DTR for over a year and even dressed as Cousin Eddie, was able to answer inquiries of booth visitors who were looking for customizations, body repairs, and more.
“Including Cousin Eddie in our booth was one of the more creative ways to draw the crowd in,” said Jeff Winslow, marketing and brand manager of The RV Shop, “[The RV Shop] is a new face to this market and including a familiar face in our booth helped open the conversation to our services.”
While The RV Shop’s time at the 2022 Hershey RV Show has come to an end, The RV Shop is looking forward to exhibiting again at the 2023 Hershey RV Show from September 13-17, 2023, at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa.
The RV Shop, a division of DTR, is located at 3039 Bowlarama Drive, New Castle, DE 19720. The office is open Monday-Friday, from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to schedule service, estimates, and answer any general questions the public may have. Follow The RV Shop on Facebook and Instagram @theRVShopDE for the latest news, expansions, service specials and giveaways.
Check out photos from this years’ event below.