Some dealers have shifted from being worried that their inventories are too big to worrying that they might run out of travel trailers, according to an article in today’s (June 30) Wall Street Journal.
Redwood Camper & Trailer Sales, a Salt Lake City area dealer, is one of those worried about a possible travel-trailer shortage, the Journal reports.
Doug Freckleton, co-owner of Redwood Camper & Trailer, told the Journal he expects to sell more than the dealership’s annual average of 220 new and used towable RVs this year.
Meanwhile, officials at Weyerhaeuser Co., a supplier of building products to the RV industry, told the Journal demand from RV industry OEMs has “crept back up” since the end of the war in Iraq.
However, the Journal also reported, citing recent disclosures from Winnebago Industries Inc., that motorhome sales were down during the spring because of the uncertainties created by the conflict in Iraq.
Separately, Bruce Hertzke, Winnebago’s chairman, president and CEO, said he believed motorhome shipments would improve this summer as dealers stock model year 2004 units.