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Posted: 04/09/19 06:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just saw an article about the RV lifestyle and the numbers increases.
Rise of the RV

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Posted: 04/09/19 07:25pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Don't like my adblocker and I don't like advertisements so I'll take you word for it.


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I turned off my ad blocker and it still wouldn't let me read the article so how 'bout you telling us what it says. FYI, RV sales are down quite a bit this year.


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Closed one little ad pop up and enjoyed an interesting article...thanks for sharing.


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Posted: 04/10/19 04:07am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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As Ralph said, Brit article, UK Guardian, leans hard into MH and rentals. Obvious the author attended the Tampa show and got most of the data there.
It mentions demographics changes to more families along with empty nesters full timing.
Gives some statistics
"In numbers | The rise of the RV
504,600
Sales of RVs worldwide in 2017, up from 165,700 in 2009.

$1.8bn
Value of RVs sold each year in California – the state where sales are highest. There, Yosemite National Park is the top RV destination, followed by Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Canyon. Florida has the second largest RV sales at $1.5?billion.

40m
Number of Americans who go on a trip in an RV each year.

17,000
Number of RV campgrounds in the United States. There are 4,000 in Canada.

80
Percentage of RVs made in Indiana – the manufacturing centre of the industry. Of these, 60 per cent are made in Elkhart County.

7,000
RV dealerships in the United States.

$2.5m
Price of the most costly motorhome on the market last year: a customised Prevost H3-45 VIP model.

It also credits LazyDays as the biggest seller and Tampa as having the biggest show.

You may also find the article on Yahoo's newsfeed, maybe it will run from there for you.

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We've been camping with an RV since 1988 and you can easily see how the RV lifestyle has become more popular and that the trend has been to larger RVs. Also, the amount of folks that are living full time in RVs due to their work has boomed, especially after the 2008 crash (economic). I enjoy seeing the number of young families that have discovered the joys of rving and using an rv as a way of traveling and exploring. In most cases, if you ask adults that were campers as kids, some of their best memories will be related to family camping/rving.

RV sales will always have periods of growth followed by decline (IMHO) as it's so dependent upon the economy (disposable income) and the fact that folks buy an RV, keep it for a period of time and then purchase a different one. Seems to me that this factor is why smaller RV companies have a harder time surviving and tend to go out of business or get sold off to the larger RV conglomerates such as Thor. The larger well run companies have the ability to survive the market cycles and adapt their product line to keep up with what the customers want.


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Thanks everyone, I don't need to read it now.





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