Slow economy sideswipes RV sales

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An Associated Press article in The (Chicago) Courier News recaps the recent RV industry trade show in Louisville, Ky.

“These are ugly times,” said Richard Coon, president of the Virginia-based Recreation Vehicle Industry Association. “I’ve seen lots of downtrodden faces, and for good reason.”

The article goes on to quote Kathryn Thompson, who follows RV companies for Avondale Partners: “The No. 1 thing we need right now is consumer confidence and the restoration of credit,” she said.

Later in the article Paul Eskritt, president of Fleetwood’s RV group predicted the industry will weather the downturn because the “RV lifestyle is not going away.”

“People will always enjoy the great outdoors,” he said. “Owning a motor home, travel trailer or fifth wheel has become a part of the American dream.”

Read the complete article at: “Economy is nail in RV industry’s tire.”

Photo: Damon Motor Coach, a subsidiary of Thor Industries, Inc., displayed its new Avanti, a 31.5-foot-long, Class A motor home expected to get 14.5 miles per gallon Tuesday at the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association’s 46th Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky. Credit: Associated Press

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