High gas prices are not hurting sales for at least one major RV dealership in Western New York state and campgrounds in that region also are doing well, according to TV station WHEC of Rochester, N.Y.
Salespeople at Meyer’s RV Super Stores, a member of the FreedomRoads LLC national dealership alliance, say the high gas prices aren’t keeping customers away from Meyer’s six locations, according to the NBC affiliate.
“America’s built on freedom, freedom to travel, to do what you want in your life. The gas is a small price to pay,” said David McMann, spokesman for Meyer’s RV, which has two locations in Hamburg, N.Y., along with stores in Bath, Caledonia, Syracuse and Churchville.
Business at Meyer’s RV is up about 20% so far this year, McMann said. Earlier this year, dealership president Mark Meyer said he expected his company’s sales revenue to reach $140 million this year, which would represent a 17% increase over the $120 million in sales the dealership achieved in 2003.
McMann admitted to the TV station that some of the dealership’s salespeople are worried about the high gas prices at the pumps, but he added, “There’s not customers coming in using it as a reason not to buy or putting the purchase off.”
The Canandaigua/Rochester KOA was booked solid over Memorial Day weekend and it appeared business would be “booming” this summer, according to Victor Arsenault, spokesman for the campground.
“Just to get on the road and see this great country, people want to do that,” Arsenault said. “And they’re going to do that no matter how much the gas is.
“People do have the money to spend,” he said. “They’re just going to be very careful how they spend it.”
That means RVers “won’t drive long distances for a camping experience,” Arsenault added.