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RV industry watchful, but not worried after down month

(Sept. 14, 2018) -- Last week, the New York Times published an article highlighting some of the anxiety that is being felt in Elkhart that the good times in the RV industry could soon be coming to an end.

ELKHART, Ind. — It was a foggy morning in Elkhart, but that didn’t stop Douglas Luckey and his wife from showing up at Total Value RV early Friday morning to shop for a 28- to 30-foot towable trailer, reported the South Bend Tribune.

The couple from Cadillac, Mich., were out in the expansive lot with salesman Brett Yoder when more customers came into the office looking for a salesperson to help guide them through the buying process.

It was business as usual at Total Value RV despite some worries that we might be seeing the very earliest signs of a recession.

That story line gained some traction last week when the New York Times published an article highlighting some of the anxiety that is being felt in Elkhart that the good times — following the brutality of the Great Recession — could soon be coming to an end.

“As Elkhart, Ind., Goes, So Goes the Nation, and Elkhart Is Nervous,” the headline read.

Read more about how industry insiders see the health of the RV industry inn the South Bend Tribune.

 

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About Ronnie Wendt

Ronnie Wendt is the editor in chief of RV Daily Report. She's been a writer/editor for more than 25 years, working in law enforcement, aviation, supply chain and now the RV industry. She's not a stranger to RVs, however. She grew up camping, and still camps as many weekends as she can every year.

2 comments

  1. Just maybe at 50% of production they can build a better product. Probably just use fewer employees to push them out fast. All the people they enticed to come will be without a job and a sad long term outlook. There will be a ton of new, used, and repos on the market.

  2. Can’t help but wonder if companies, like Thor, who seem to have higher than average consumer complaints have negatively impacted the market. Inevitably, a poor quality product and simple purchase nightmares, like ours, tend to gain traction – and have an affect.

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