Campers are making a comeback.

As reported by the Colorado Springs Gazette, local dealers gathering at Penrose Events Center for the first day of the Colorado Springs Great American RV Show Thursday (Sept. 29) agreed that the sales of everything from classic travel trailers to luxurious motorhomes have gone up since profits bottomed out following the 2008 recession.

“The industry as a whole, nationwide, is getting considerably better,” said Randy Biles, owner of the Pikes Peak Traveland, which has seen sales inch upward over the past few years.

RVs are also becoming popular among younger families looking for an affordable way to travel, Biles said.

“The core of the RV industry for years has been retired people or preretired people, but now we’re seeing a much broader spectrum,” he said.

Jim Humble, general manager of Windish RV, said that while retired couples are still a valuable market for the industry, today’s typical customers are couples ranging from their mid-30s to early 50s with kids at home.

“It’s a good economical way for families to spend quality time with each other and go see our beautiful state,” Humble said.

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