In December of 2008, The Goshen News sent Schneider down to the RVIA show. The tourniquet had barely been applied. The bleeding had yet to stop. Executives and sales reps, didn’t have much to say. What they did say was usually through a veil of wishful thinking, but for those who have a knack for reading between the lines, the desperation was as clear as day.
So, five years later, we’ve come a long way. We’ve driven out of the abyss. The optimism oozing from Louisville is not an illusion. It is real and can be seen in the cold light of day in the overflowing parking lots of RV factories in Goshen, Middlebury, Nappanee and Elkhart. We’re building again, we’re moving forward and the hard reality of 2008 — thankfully — keeps getting smaller in our rear-view mirror.