After a few challenging years, the Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Alberta says RV sales are up significantly across the province.

Globalnews.ca reported that RV shows in Edmonton and Calgary drew large crowds — 27,000 people each — and sales were up as much as 40% compared to 2016. The numbers surprised industry insiders.

“We thought we’d have nobody show up at the end of the day,” Executive Vice President Dan Merkowsky said. “Albertans are thrifty people and all of a sudden they dug into their piggy banks and decided that Alberta’s where they want to spend this year. They want to spend time with their family and in an RV.”

He believes the value of the Canadian dollar is impacting people’s travel destinations. Hot products recently include motorhomes and luxury buses.

“In Calgary we had one coach that sold for $550,000 and that person paid cash for it,” Merkowsky said. “What we heard is that person had a property in the States, sold it at a great profit and wanted to reinvest.”

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