JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Like so many other industries that rely on discretionary spending, the RV industry took a nosedive during the recessions, Jacksonville reported.
According to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association, manufacturers were shipping almost 400,000 units a year to dealers back in 2005 and 2006. By 2009, that number had fallen by more than half, Jacksonville explained.
People were losing jobs. People who had jobs were afraid to spend big money on big toys and even if they wanted to, credit was harder to come by, Jacksonville recalled. But sales have grown steadily since then, by about 10 percent each year, said John Schuster, general manager of Camping World Jacksonville.
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