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Old 07-30-2017, 02:07 PM   #1
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RV Sales hit record high

As the economy has strengthened since the Great Recession, and consumer confidence improved, sales have picked up, said Kevin Broom, director of media relations for RVIA.

Two of the major players in the industry, Thor Industries and Winnebago Industries, both manufacturers of RVs, reported huge growth in their most recent earnings report. Thor saw sales skyrocket 56.9 percent to $2.02 billion fromlast year. Winnebago's surged 75.1 percent last quarter to $476.4 million.

Gerrick Johnson, an analyst at BMO Capital Markets, attributed much of that growth to acquisitions. Thor bought Jayco, then the No. 3 player in the industry, last June; Winnebago bought Grand Design in October.

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Pretty soon the only camping spots that will be available will be on your driveway or next to your house. May have to start a new service that will coordinate available backyard and drive way spots across the USA for us.

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I think its going to push more of us into Boondocking personally. We just drove - a lot - thru WY, MT and ID. Lord knows, there are miles and miles and miles of solitude.

It has me thinking it's time to get seriously about solar, upping the battery reserves - and figuring out someway to solve the limited water in the coach.

If I can figure that out, I won't feel like I have to find someplace with hookups and compete with the masses.
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What I am seeing is an increase of camp ground fees. Considering supply and demand the nightly fees for private campgrounds with full hookups are on the rise. And some of them (not all) are not all that great a facility in the first place. Add all the newbies to this and reservations are needed far in advance.
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I've been making reservations months in advance for 10 years + and have had no issues getting sites.... if you expect to pull into a park, be it public or private, at 5 pm and get a site then yes you will have a problem. Common sense.


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I believe when fuel prices approach $ 4.00 per gallon, here in the US, we may see a substancial reduction of rv's on the highway and at campgrounds.
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That explains all the knuckleheads that I have run into the past year or two at many campgrounds. They should put on a camping/rv etiquette class for those who have never gone camping or RV'ing before. Loud music, trash left at campsites, dump stations and bathrooms. Unruly kids (and adults) and disrespect for fellow campers. I know this is cyclical and it will take a year or so to weed out all these idiots. It happens every ten years or so.
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Hate to say it, but when diesel was $4-5 a gallon, it was good for us, bad for those looking for an economical hobby. I miss the days when it was a small crowd really. I grew up in the 70's / 80's when only retired and financially better off people did it. Now everyone does it. Anyone that knows me knows I've lived for this stuff since I was 5 or so. Nowadays, I'm wondering if I'm gonna just hang it up.
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