Recreational vehicle plants shipped out more units in October 2014 than any other October going back 38 years.
With those 32,346 travel trailers, fifth-wheels and motorhomes distributed to dealer lots around the nation, do dealers have room to order more at the 52nd Annual National RV Trade Show that’s running this week in Louisville, Ky.?
In a word, yes.
The Elkhart Truth reported that Dave Arbogast RV Depot in Troy, Ohio, is carrying more inventory than ever, but also is on pace for a record sales year, according to Pat Borton, its manager of Class B motorhomes.
”We took on more product lines and we’re maintaining a good inventory,“ Borton said. “We’ve got (2015) orders already placed. We’re still moving units. It’s a good cycle. We did 114 (sales) in July. I don’t think we’re worried about the carryover. We’re getting units almost every day.“
Borton said Arbogast has seen the most growth in selling motorhomes on the Internet, an enterprise that’s grown so much that nine employees are devoted solely to it.
“We have a huge lot behind us that was all woods and they’re tearing all that down to add 94 more spots where we can park more RVs,” Borton said. “Our focus this year is we want to take on some more toy hauler lines.”
Daryn Anderson, general manager of Olathe Ford RV in Gardner, Kan., said his history in the car business trained him to keep inventories low and order small quantities more often. He said sales this year are up 8% over last year, a fourth-straight year of sales growth, and he expects good things in 2015.
His dealership plans to break ground in the next 45 days on a new building, expanding the parts and service areas and adding space for more inventory.
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