Survey Suggests RV Sales Surge May be Over

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March 29, 2010 by   2 Comments

Most everyone in the RV industry agrees that sales of recreational vehicles are up after several dismal years and that prospects are good for the future. But according to a reader survey over the weekend at, sales may have peaked for 2010, according to a posting today by RV News Service Editor Chuck Woodbury.

More than 1,200 of the website’s readers responded to the survey as of today (March 29), which asked “How likely is it that you will buy an RV in 2010?” (see results below)

“Overall, I was discouraged by the response,” said Woodbury. “The good news was that more than 7% of our readers have already bought an RV this year. That seemed right in line with what everyone is saying about RV sales, which have shown a significant increases this year over 2009.

“The discouraging news is that only about 3% of our readers say they will ‘almost surely’ buy an RV during the rest of the year with only 8% saying they will probably buy one. What was most discouraging to me was that nearly two-thirds (65%) of our readers reported that they will definitely not buy an RV this year, with another 20% saying they will probably not buy — that’s 85 percent who are not likely to buy.”

See the latest results of the survey, which is still in progress, by clicking here.


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2 Responses to “Survey Suggests RV Sales Surge May be Over”

  1. Robert Pine on March 29th, 2010 1:26 pm

    These results appear to be from current RV owners. We are seeing many first timers out on the lots. Since camping has become the preferred vacation, I see many new folks getting into RV’s this year.

  2. Happy Camper on April 19th, 2010 9:56 am

    We are looking to travel by camper this summer if not a purchase definaetly a rental it still cost to much to fly if you are a family of 4 or more. Besides it is the best way to show your kids the world. Alot depends on the gas prices. I agree with the above statement we would be a first time buyer.