After 44 years in the RV business, Dennis Robbins has weathered every kind of business disruption, starting with a gasoline crisis in 1975, the year that he opened Robbins Camper Sales on U.S. Highway 1.

So a downturn in RV sales at his business in the past six to eight months, reflected in a sales decline compared with 2018, won’t shake his optimism about the industry, he said.

“Has it slowed?” Robbins said. “Absolutely. But not to the point where it’s scary.”

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported that the pace of business on Robbins’ lot reflects statistics that indicate a general softening of the sales market for RVs, a big-ticket item that tends to sell better in a booming economy, said James Miller, communications director for the Florida Retail Federation in Tallahassee.

“When the economy is going well, people have a lot of expendable cash for big items like RVs and boats, items you don’t need to survive,” Miller said. “When those sales start declining, it means people are holding their money — that they are nervous about what the next six-, 12- or 18-months hold.”

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