Phoenix, AZ – RV sales have increased from 2008. Trade shows are reporting higher than expected attendance and sales reservations. Consumers are opening their wallets and starting to buy big ticket items again. RV shipments are projected to total 185,800 units in 2010, a 26.5% increase from the projected 2009 total, according to RV industry analyst and director of consumer surveys at the University of Michigan Dr. Richard Curtin.
Large, luxury RV purchases are regaining momentum. Just a few of the amenities that designate RVs in the luxury category include central vacuum, 3 way color back up monitor, fully automatic leveling system, sleep number bed, power awning, entertainment centers, pantries, surround sound, ceramic floors and thermal pane windows.
Tax incentives and retired baby boomers are jump-starting the luxury RV industry after a tough recession. Today one in ten vehicle owning households in the 50 – 64 age range own an RV, reports RVIA. With millions of baby boomers still on their way to retirement, that number will rise as the economy rights itself.
“We are seeing business pick up in Class A RVs and Diesel Pushers,” says Gerard Pedata of Pedata RV Center. “The economy has made these RVs a more desirable and affordable way to travel.”