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The recreational vehicle industry is booming in Spokane, Wash., and across the U.S.

Kevin Broom, spokesman for the national Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), said that the number of RVs sold in the U.S. has increased by about 35% since 2015. “Nationally, RVs have never been more popular,” he said. “Last year, over 500,000 units shipped for the first time. And we anticipate 540,000 this year.”

RVIA conducted a study in 2015 on Washington’s 5th Congressional District, which includes Spokane, and found that the RV industry generates about $97.5 million in direct and indirect economic impact in the region. In all of Washington, RVs generated about $938 million, the study found.

“It’s likely the numbers in 2018 are higher,” Broom wrote in an email to The Spokesman-Review.

Broom said most of those sales, 87%, are trailer units. And they’ve become more popular because millennials entering the market are looking for better designed, more fuel efficient models – an appetite manufacturers have tapped into.

For example, Airstream’s Nest travel trailer has a fiberglass body and a compact size, leading to better gas mileage.

Karen Dietz, an owner of Airstream of Spokane, said the Airstream manufacturer cannot keep up with the demand.

“The market has been growing like crazy,” she said.

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