RV in­dus­try points to strong sales growth

The Columbus Dispatch - - Market Summary -

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — For RV man­u­fac­tur­ers, the bumpy ride from the Great Re­ces­sion has van­ished from the rearview mir­ror as the in­dus­try projects ship­ments to deal­ers will top 500,000 units this year.

Man­u­fac­tur­ers and deal­ers meet­ing this week at an in­dus­try trade show in Louisville, Ken­tucky, are point­ing to solid fun­da­men­tals in­clud­ing fa­vor­able fuel prices, strong con­sumer de­mand and avail­able credit as key fac­tors be­hind the un­prece­dented growth.

They’re also start­ing to see more adults in their late 20s and 30s brows­ing show­rooms and dealer lots along­side more tra­di­tional cus­tomers — older cou­ples look­ing ahead to re­tire­ment.

“Now the aisles are full of baby strollers,” said Dan Pear­son, an RV dealer in Min­nesota.

In 2009, re­cre­ational ve­hi­cle ship­ments from man­u­fac­tur­ers to deal­ers — a key mea­sure of con­sumer de­mand — sank to 165,700 — the low­est level in nearly two decades.

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