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Truck Camper Industry and Community Coronavirus News

The coronavirus situation has forced the cancellation of RV shows and rallies, the temporary shutdown of manufacturing and other related news.  Please send any coronavirus related truck camper industry or community news to [email protected].

Update: March 23, 2020

Overland Expo West Has Been Rescheduled

Overland Expo 2020 West has been rescheduled for July 24-26, 2020 at Fort Tuthill in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Below is the announcement from Nick Jaynes, the Director of Communications for the Overland Expo:

“Self-sufficiency, fortitude and stewardship are at the core of the overlanding spirit and its community. It is important now more than ever that we not lose sight of that spirit or the strength and support we get from the community. We will get through these tough times together.

It is in this spirit that we have rescheduled Overland Expo West to July 24-26, 2020 to preserve this tremendous annual gathering of the overland community at Fort Tuthill in Flagstaff, Arizona.

On Monday, March 16, the Center For Disease Control and Prevention recommended the postponement of all gatherings of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks. Since that announcement, we have been working tirelessly on potential contingency plans for Overland Expo West. The rest of the Overland Expo series will take place as scheduled in 2020.

Although the traditional Overland Expo West dates take place just outside of the CDC’s eight-week ban, we made the difficult decision to reschedule the event to ensure the health and safety of all attendees, exhibitors, providers and staff. We urge all overlanders to heed the advice of local and federal officials and take necessary actions to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Our hearts go out to anyone directly or indirectly impacted by the novel coronavirus. Especially to those who are sick, we extend to you our heartfelt wishes for a full recovery. Furthermore, we thank the selfless healthcare workers on the front lines who are working tirelessly to care for people in need.

We are dedicated to making the transition as simple for our community as possible.

Attendees and Campers

To our attendees, campers and media that have already purchased a ticket.  Your original ticket is now valid for the July 24-26, 2020 event, with no action required.   If you are unable to attend the July 24-26 event, please contact [email protected] by May 15, 2020 and we will gladly move your reservation into another 2020 Overland Expo event (Loveland, Colorado – August 28-30, 2020 or Arrington, Virginia – October 9-11, 2020).

Our staff is working remotely until further notice but we can always be reached by email at [email protected], by phone at (317) 207-2089 or watch overlandexpo.com for updates in the coming weeks.

The safety and welfare of our community of overlanders and their families is paramount to us. Please stay safe and we look forward to seeing you in Flagstaff July 24-26, 2020.

Update: March 19, 2020

Northwood Manufacturing Temporarily Closes Plants

Northwood Investments has closed all Northwood Manufacturing and Outdoors RV plants through March 27th.  For truck campers, this affects Arctic Fox and Wolf Creek production.

Northwood Investments CEO, Craig Orton, stated, “These decisions have been made primarily due to our overwhelming concern for the health and welfare of our employees, their families and our community as a whole.  It is important to also note that these actions are being taken to conform to the most recent recommendations of the CDC as well as state and local governments to assist in ‘flattening the curve’ in regard to spreading the virus.”

2020 North Carolina Truck Camper Rally Canceled

In response to all North Carolina State Parks closing for coronavirus, D&H RV Center has canceled the 2020 North Carolina Truck Camper Rally.

Dave Hofert, President of D&H RV Center stated, “We are not able to reschedule the event, but we look forward to next year and will have a great rally then!  Refunds will be issued for those signed up.  If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.  Our North Carolina office will still be open our normal hours, so we are here if you need sales, service, or parts.  Our Florida showroom is also open their normal hours to view inventory.”

2020 NATCOA Spring Caravan Canceled

The North American Truck Camper Owner Association (NATCOA) has canceled their 2020 NATCOA Spring Caravan.  Two of the planned locations are no longer accepting large groups due to the coronavirus situation.

Rich Bain, President of NATCOA, stated, “I have hosted numerous rallies and gatherings over the years, but I have never had to deal with things like what is going on now.  I have dealt with forest fires, winter storms, wind storms, resorts loosing information, large amounts of late cancellations.  This situation I cannot overcome.  I am very sorry that this has to be canceled. I was looking forward to it.”

Click here for a full list of scheduled and canceled RV Shows and Rallies.

 

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