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The profitability of the average smaller RV dealer greatly improved during the first half of this year, when compared with the first half of 2000, according to consultant firm The Spader Companies.

The average smaller dealer earned a net profit of $67,364 during the first half of this year, a 51.5% increase over the $44,479 earned during the first half of last year.

The Spader firm defines smaller dealers a having less than $5 million in annual sales.

The higher profits occurred despite lower RV sales revenue and larger new RV unit inventories as of June 30, the Spader firm reports.

At the average smaller dealer, new RV sales revenue declined 4% during the first half of this year to $1,171,566 and used RV sales revenue slipped 5.5% to $384,234.

However, service revenue increased 8.4% to $125,673 and parts and accessories revenue at the average smaller dealer climbed 7.6% during the first half of this year to $159,113.

Meanwhile, new RV unit inventories increased 4.1% as of June 30 to $1,045,617, while used RV unit inventories at the average smaller dealer declined 2.4% to $217,812, the Spader firm reports.