Originally Posted by asquared
They want to try to get enough power and water hookups to have 1000 rigs next year! It will be at Elkhart county 4h fairgrounds again.
That number of 1,000 gets tossed out a lot. It's the number that Pete sometimes mentions, as in:
BOB: "It looks as if we'll be at about 700 this year. That's up about 40% from last year."
PETE: "That's great! Terrific! What will it take to get to 1,000?"
As a matter of fact, there are three factors that limit our attendance:
1) The availability of electricity and water. There are hundreds of acres where we can park, but only limited power and water. A new transformer was added to provide temporary sites for the fair, but those were nearly 1/2 mile from where we have most of our activities.
2) Space for meals. We pretty much maxed out the building for meals this year. We're looking at other possibilities, but don't yet know how practical those ideas are.
3) Service. We had well over 300 service techs on the grounds this year, and about 350 including some of our component suppliers such as Lippert, Dexter, Dometic, Dicor, and others. We shut down our service centers and some of the production lines in several factories. At the rate of 300 technicians for 700 RVs, we'd need to go to 500 for 1,000 RVs. That level of service also explains why we have no plans to hold this event anywhere but in Goshen, where we have about 45 production plants and service centers within about a 30-minute drive.
Whichever of those three components produces the lowest practical limit becomes our actual limit for the event. Please don't throw around the 1,000 number, because it probably won't happen under current circumstances.
Thought you might want to know.