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Record-Searchlight: bigger not necessarily better

(July 25, 2011) -- The RV industry and housing market have traveled much of the same road over the last decade, and when the housing market crashed, the RV industry suffered a similar fate. Now the RV business model has changed: like the housing market, bigger is not necessarily better, reports the Record-Searchlight.

REDDING, Calif. — The RV industry and housing market have traveled much of the same road over the last decade, and when the housing market crashed, the RV industry suffered a similar fate. Now the RV business model has changed: like the housing market, bigger is not necessarily better, reports the Record-Searchlight.

Five or six years ago, bus-like gas and diesel motorhomes — many with six-figure price tags — dominated dealer inventory. But today, lots are full of fifth-wheels and travel trailers, reports the Record-Searchlight.

“The mix for big dealers used to be 70 percent of sales would be motorhomes. . . . Now it’s 30 percent motorhomes and 70 percent fifth-wheel and travel trailers,” said Wayne Barnes, owner of B&B RV Center in Anderson, Calif.

For the complete story from the Record-Searchlight, click here.

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