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Gas Price Hikes Affect Recovering RV Industry

Posted By RVBusiness On April 15, 2011 @ 8:32 am In Breaking News | No Comments

tiara_rv_logo_fullWith gas prices up to $4 a gallon in some places, we’re all feeling the pain at the pump. For the RV industry, that’s just getting back on it’s feet, it couldn’t come at a worse time, WSJV-TV, South Bend, Ind., reported.

Brian Calhoun has been the sales manager at Tiara RV Sales and Service in Elkhart for seven years. He’s happy the industry is finally looking up, but these gas prices have him only cautiously optimistic.

“We see gas prices, and we know they’re going to have an impact, but we just don’t know how big of an impact,” said Calhoun.

Prices may hurt, but aren’t keeping the RV enthusiasts from buying. “Campers camp,” Calhoun said. “They might not camp in Colorado, like they normally would, but they’re going to camp.”

Linda Hapner says that’s true. She and her husband have owned a camper for more than 15 years.

“Last weekend we camped up at Elkhart Campgrounds up on County Road 4,” Hapner said. “And when you’re away from home, whether it’s two miles or 200 miles, you’re away from home.”

Hapner is a part of an RV club. She says her fellow club members are still travelling, but they say people aren’t buying the motorized RVs much anymore. She says they’re not as popular as the towable RVs, because they cost more to operate.

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