RV industry making a comeback

Sales of recreational vehicles are at genuinely never-before-seen record levels. And buyers are getting younger, reports CNN.

Last year, 430,000 recreational vehicles of all kinds were sold, according to the RV Industry Association, an increase of 15 percent over the year before.

Some of that has to do with low gas prices and easy credit. But ironically, the flood of new technology–smart phones, 4G data connections and so forth–has also helped drive the trend.

Now the people who grew up with technology are reaching RV-buying age. More than half of RV buyers are under the age 45, according the RV Industry Association.

Read the full article at CNN.

Ronnie Wendt

Ronnie Wendt

Ronnie Wendt has been a writer/editor for more than 25 years, working in law enforcement, aviation, supply chain and 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. She is the owner of In Good Company Communications and can be reached at ingoodcompanycommunications@gmail.com.

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  • Captn John says:

    Not seeing many young people in CGs in the SE. Still CGs are full of those mostly with gray hair. With another 450,000 new units this year and next, where are the new campsites?

  • Kevin Nestor says:

    I am concerned with the increase in RV sales in the last few years without a comparable increase in rv service providers or RV park availability. There is a disconnect in this country between RV manufactures, Service Providers and site availability. It is my opinion that the RV industry (Manufacturing, Service, Sites) is it’s greatest enemy; lets do the same thing the same way and hope for the same result. Well things are be a changing. It is my opinion that the manufactures should provide leadership in ensuring that service and rv site availability increases at the same level as sales. If they chose to ignore service and site availability they will soon see a downturn in sales. RVers love the great outdoors but they hate the lack of service and the lack of site availability. Just an example in of what is changing in the RV industry is the significant increase in park model rentals that have reduced the site availability to RV owners. Based on recent changes to State rules and regulations there will be an increase in these types of units and a greater reduction in site availability. The RV industry needs to be lead where it all begins, the manufactures. They need to develop a serious long range plan that maintains an increase in sales, increase in service availability and an increase in site availability. What is sad is that the manufactures, service dealerships and rv site park owners know all of this but they are not interested in solving he problem.

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