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RV sellers and manufactures are reporting a continued uptick in sales, which is leading to more job opportunities in the RV industry.

WANE TV, Fort Wayne, Ind., reported that Allied Recreation Group (ARG) COO John Lowry said that with the industry selling a discretionary product, RVs and recreational activities were first on families’ list to be cut when the 2008 recession hit.

“In general, it was about a 40% reduction across the board to the industry,” Lowry said.

ARG, based in Decatur, Ind., is parent to motorhome builders American Coach, Fleetwood RV, Holiday Rambler and Monaco. Lowry said that segment of the industry has seen a 14% increase in sales this year alone. He claims there are three reasons for the spike.

“Great products, some pent-up demand being released, and consumer confidence coming back. That all adds up to a great growth story,” he said.

Lowry said recent sales have led to job openings at ARG.

“We’re looking today for welders, assemblers, painters, engineers and CAD drafters,” said Lowry.

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