About Us

Our Mission

PRVCA’s mission is to enhance the recreation vehicle and camping industry through education and promotion by being a resource and partner to all segments of the recreation vehicle and camping industry.

Our Vision

PRVCA’s vision is to be the information leader for the recreation vehicle and camping industry, to link education, legislative, compliance and other aspects for the good of the consumer and the industry.

Our History

The Pennsylvania Recreation Vehicle and Camping Association (PRVCA) started in 1968, when John Serro, a travel trailer industry pioneer, had the vision to recommend a separate organization for recreation vehicle dealers. At his urging, the Pennsylvania Manufactured Housing Association (PMHA) developed PRVCA as a sister organization to promote the industry and monitor legislative and regulatory issues. The groups eventually split into the two separate groups they are today.

The associations held their first combined show in 1968 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show with 89 RVs on display. In 1970, PRVCA held its first show exclusively with RVs. In 1980, at the request of manufacturers, the association hosted two RV shows to accommodate a date change from February to September. The change brought more attention to the show and the exhibit number grew from nearly 89 RVs in one exhibit hall to more than 800 units in seven exhibit halls. PRVCA exceeded its space allotment and 325 vehicles were located outside. By 2005, PRVCA moved the show to the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa., where it occupied 943,000 square feet and hosted more than 28,000 attendees. Despite the challenges of a Recession from 2007-2009 and Hurricane Irene in 2011, the show continued to attract attendees and officially became known as America’s Largest RV Show in 2008. In 2012, the show rebounded and reached the more than one million square feet milestone in 2015. In 2019, the show covered 1,056,068 square feet with 1,500 RVs on display. A total of 55,639 consumers attended the show.

PRVCA promotes Pennsylvania’s RV and camping industry through its “Open House” advertising campaign in the spring. It also works to educate both the industry and consumers. PRVCA members can attend free hands-on training and webinars, while consumers can learn more about RVing through the many education programs offered at the show. In addition, the association advocates for the industry and keeps members up to date on the latest legislative and regulatory changes.

As RVing and camping grow, PRVCA’s board and staff continue to stay in touch with industry trends, technology and regulations to provide the latest information to the industry and consumers.

Bylaws

Please be sure to view the Bylaws for the Pennsylvania Recreation Vehicle and Camping Association. This document is the roadmap to how we conduct ourselves and what we expect in becoming a Member of PRVCA.

PRVCA Board of Directors

The Pennsylvania Recreation Vehicle and Camping Association’s board of directors represent all segments of the RV and camping industry. Their experience is crucial as the association develops its strategic plan and works to accomplish its mission to enhance the recreation vehicle and camping industry through education and promotion. The association and its board serves as a resource and partner to all segments of the recreation vehicle and camping industry.

Tim Umstead

Tim Umstead

Chairman

Trumark Dealer Services

Greg Starr

Greg Starr

Vice Chairman/Past Chairman

Starr’s Trailer Sales

Nick Boyer

Nick Boyer

Secretary

Boyer RV

Ed Flick

Ed Flick

Treasurer

Retired, Fulton Bank

Nick Palm

Nick Palm

Sr. Manufacturer Director

Tiffin Motorhomes

Steve Fretz

Steve Fretz

Show Chairman

Fretz Enterprises

Steve Beyeler

Steve Beyeler

Manufacturer Director

Forest River

Brad Bryant

Brad Bryant

Rolling Stock Director

Bryant’s RV Showcase

Ryan Eash

Ryan Eash

At-Large Director

Jayco

Beverly Gruber

Beverly Gruber

Campground/Resorts Director

Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association, Retired

Mike Keller

Mike Keller

At-Large Director

Keller Marine & RV

Stephanie Reeder

Stephanie Reeder

Rolling Stock Director

Lerch RV

Ryan Reich

Ryan Reich

Rolling Stock Director

Susquehanna RV

Brad Rhone

Brad Rhone

Rolling Stock Director

Rhone’s RV

Rocky Riley

Rocky Riley

Park Model Manufacturer Director

Athen Park Model / Champion Homes

John Roba

John Roba

Honorary Board Member

JR Products

Dan Saltzgiver

Dan Saltzgiver

At-Large Director

Liberty RV of Gettysburg

Hadden Smith

Hadden Smith

Rolling Stock Director

Campers Inn RV

Jason Vaughn

Jason Vaughn

At-Large Director

Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association

Our Team

The Pennsylvania Recreation Vehicle and Camping Association team utilizes its knowledge and experience to help assist members with questions about the RV and camping industry. They work hard to fulfill the association’s mission and strategic objectives.
Contact us at 717-303-0295 or email [email protected]

Heather Leach

Heather Leach

Executive Director

Daniel Jusko

Daniel Jusko

Membership & OPS Director

Elizabeth Peroni

Elizabeth Peroni

Communications Director

Carolyn Riley

Carolyn Riley

Finance Director

Megan McClain

Megan McClain

Marketing & Edu Coordinator

Teresa Severance

Teresa Severance

Administrative Assistant

Ray Wherley

Ray Wherley

Graphic Designer

Our Members

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