Phil Abbott isn’t ready to declare victory yet but after a couple stale years during the down economy, the sales manager at a West Virginia dealership feels like the RV business is hopefully out of the woods. Or, into the woods, as it were.
As reported by the Herald Dispatch, Huntington, when it comes to RV sales and camping visits at regional state parks, things are trending up for the 2013 camping season, said travel and tourism industry workers gathered Sunday during the final day of the three-day Huntington RV and Boat Show that filled the Big Sandy Superstore Arena.
“It’s been pretty stagnant the past few years, but we did pretty good at the show,” said Abbott, the sales manager at Burdette Camping Center, which along with Setzer’s World of Camping helps anchor the Huntington show. “I think what people are doing is spending less but if it’s under $20,000 people are still going to spend that. … They may be spending less, and they may not have as much time off, but they still love spending time with the family and going to places like Cave Run.”
While Abbott said Burdette is moving a lot of smaller units as well as doing big business in their service department as folks are hanging onto older units, the trend nationally projects continued RV growth in 2013.
According to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), RV shipments are projected to grow slightly in 2013. That uptick in spending also could be felt at area state parks as well.
If inquiries about campsite application forms for reservable sites at West Virginia’s state parks and forests is an indication, camping in 2013 could be a banner year, according to a recent state park press release.
While we are still in the heart of winter, West Virginia State Parks will begin processing mail-in reservation applications after Feb. 15.
Getting those reservations are important as many campgrounds fill up, especially during holiday seasons at the 29 state park areas that manage campgrounds.
“We can quickly change from a few dozen people to over 1,600 individuals seemingly overnight,” said Matt Yeager at Beech Fork State Park in the release. “Families like to camp. It is one of those quintessential summer pastimes.”
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