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Central Indiana RV dealers are cautiously optimistic about sales during 2001, according to a report by the Indianapolis Star newspaper, which quoted several dealers who exhibited at the Central Indiana RV and Camping Show in Indianapolis.

One dealer, Mark Stout, owner of Mark’s RV and Boat Sales, said 2000 was his worst year in 15 years of business. Stout also told the newspaper that 1999 was his best year in business.

However, Ed Peterson, owner of Lafayette Travel Trailer Sales, said his year 2000 volume was slightly ahead of his 1999 sales. Because he sells primarily entry-level priced product, Peterson is guardedly optimistic about this year’s volume, according to the newspaper.

Tom Wise, owner of Indy RV Center in suburban Greenwood, told the newspaper that his business, which includes selling high-end Class A motorhomes, has picked up noticeably since the Federal Reserve lowered interest rtes on Jan. 3. He added that his sales at the end of 2000 were very weak.

Matt Braun, owner of Braun’s Fun Time Campers, said he sold 15 units at this year’s show in Indianapolis, compared with 11 units sold during the 2000 version of the show. Braun hopes that turns out to be a positive sign for this year’s market.