Rising gas prices may be affecting sales of large motorhomes in East Central Indiana, but overall sales are still strong for the year, according to an article in the Muncie Star Press.
Owner Charles Terry of Terry’s RV Sales & Service in Muncie is sure that escalating gas prices this year kept him from selling the score of big motorhomes he typically turns over in a season. As the season ends, he has a half dozen larger units still in inventory at the 30-year-old business started by his father.
“However, sales of everything else is way up,” Terry said, noting the dealership also sells a full line of towables and Class C motorhomes, which have been going off the lot at a record-setting pace.
“I don’t see gas prices as being that much of a factor to our customers,” Terry added. “They understand they will have to pay the price if they want to live the RV lifestyle. I’m selling twice as many units as I was selling in 1994.”
Gary Hart, owner of Walnut Ridge Family RV Sales in New Castle, Ind., also maintains that the enjoyment of the RV lifestyle is outweighing the price of gas.
“Sure gas is high, but RVing is still cheaper than staying in hotels,” said Hart, who does not handle new motorhomes like Terry and concentrates on sales of fifth-wheels and travel trailers. “I sell about 100 a month.”
For three months straight, Walnut Ridge broke same-month records from previous years, then hit an all-time monthly record in July.
Recently, Walnut Ridge opened an indoor showroom capable of holding 30 units, and has increased space for parts and service departments. He also added 21 acres to what was already a 33-acre complex west of New Castle that includes a campground.