Sales have been hot for recreational vehicles nationwide and area RV dealers expect that trend will continue St. Johns County Fall RV Show. The event, hosted by the Florida Recreation Vehicle Trade Association (FRVTA), takes place Oct. 9-12 at the St. Johns County Fairgrounds in northeast Florida.
According to Mac Bryan, vice president for administration for the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), shipments of new towable campers and motorized RVs were “quite strong” during the first half of 2014.
The Florida Times Union reported that if the trends hold up, RV sales should rise 10% by year’s end. That will signal a major milestone in the industry, with RV sales nearly reaching the pre-recession peak of 350,000 units sold nationwide.
“In North America sales, we were running over 300,000 units a year until 2008,” said Tom Walworth, president of Statistical Surveys Inc. in Grand Rapids, Mich. “In 2009, sales dropped to 206,000 units. By 2013, they went back to 303,000 units. So in four years, it came back 47% from the bottom, which is very impressive as an economic indicator.”
Joe Andrick, general manager of Dick Gore’s RV World in St. Augustine, says sales are up at his dealership by 20 percent compared to 2013.
“The increase has been led in large part by the response of manufacturers, who reacted to the recession with a focus on durable, lighter-weight recreational vehicles of all types,” Andrick said. “Whether it’s a pop-up, travel trailer or any class motor home, most have been designed to be lighter and more fuel-efficient and they haven’t skimped on new amenities, either.”
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