The past couple years have been extremely difficult for the RV industry, attributing to the 20% unemployment rate in northern Indiana’s Elkhart County. But now there is some light at the end of the tunnel and this weekend’s Valley RV & Camping Show at the Century Center in nearby South Bend highlights the best and brightest the camping world has to offer.
The Century Center opens its doors today (Jan. 15) for people all over the area interested in traveling and camping, according to WNDU-TV, South Bend.
The 34th Annual Valley RV and Camping Show will continue through the weekend.
“There’s something for everybody” at the show, says Mark Bowersox with the Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council (RVIC). Units showcased at the exhibit range in price from $4,000 to $420,000.
Bowersox says during the last few months there has been a resurgence in the business and more optimism among the industry. “If you look at the economic conditions that have impacted the RV industry, things have really started to stabilize. The stock market’s stabilized, for the most part gas prices have stabilized and consumer confidence is stabilizing and then maybe even growing a little bit.”
That growth in consumer confidence has prompted more sales this year than last year. That has also translated to companies, especially in Elkhart County, hiring workers back.
Also since the bounce-back, it seems that many companies are going green. It’s a new trend that’s been popular since the days of $4 per gallon gas. Not only are these green RVs a hit for the eco-friendly traits, but they give people with small vehicles an option to tow. “There are some more options with light-weight and newer materials that are emerging right now to be able to pull it with that family mini-van or behind that Honda Civic,” Bowersox said.