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The general manager of the Poulsbo RV dealership location near Portland, Ore., anticipates RV sales, industrywide, will increase from 20% to 25% this year, according to The Colombian newspaper of Vancouver, Wash.

Poulsbo RV is a five-location dealership which also has stores in Auburn, Everett, Poulsbo and Kent, Wash.

Alan Donley, general manager of the Poulsbo RV location in Ridgefield, Wash., north of Portland, added that a 30% increase in sales during 2002 would not surprise him, according to The Colombian.

Donley said he and his staff did not experience any cancellations of pending sales after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and that sales have been steady since then.

During the first 11 months of 2001, wholesale deliveries of the four categories of towable RVs were down 13.7% when compared with the first 11 months of 2000, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).

Meanwhile, wholesale shipments of the three categories of motorhomes were down 20.7% when the first 11 months of 2001 are compared with the same period a year earlier, the RVIA reported.

Retail sales of four categories of towable RVs were down 8.4% during the first 10 months of 2001, when compared with the first 10 months of 2000, according to Statistical Surveys Inc.

Retail sales of Class A and Class C motorhomes were down 17.3% when the first 10 months of 2001 are compared with the same period a year earlier, Statistical Surveys also reported.