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Dealers in the Toledo, Ohio, area are in an optimistic mood as they prepare for the Northwest Ohio RV Dealer Association Show Jan. 30 through Feb. 1 at the SeaGate Centre in downtown Toledo, according to The Blade of Toledo.
A robust market in 2003 provides much of the explanation, the newspaper reports. For example, All American Coach Co.’s sales revenue increased 21% in 2003 to a record $8 million, from $6.6 million in 2002, according to Tom McGuire, president of the 32-year-old dealership in Sylvania, Ohio.
More diesel-pusher sales was a significant factor in the revenue increase, McGuire added.
In general, Toledo-area dealers are upbeat because the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) is forecasting a 2.3% increase in RV shipments in 2004 to 320,200 units, which would make this year the industry’s best since 1999, The Blade reports.
Additionally, dealers are hopeful because the RVIA forecasts that the number of RV-owning households is expected to increase 15% by 2015 to a little over 8 million, compared with the current 7 million, the newspaper also reports.