Crediting factors ranging from good weather to the improving economy, Oregon dealers are reporting increased sales of recreational vehicles.
Brandon Johnson, owner of Johnson RV in Sandy, said sales of motorhomes are up 20% so far in 2013, according to a report in the Portland Business Journal. That follows a 15% uptick in 2012.
“A recovering economy is definitely a factor when you’re selling luxury items,” Johnson said, adding that customers have greater confidence in their personal finances.
About 70% of Johnson’s business is in used motorhomes, which allowed the business to survive after the recession. Now, however, new vehicle sales are outpacing those of used inventory.
Prices for Johnson’s new vehicles range from $50,000 to more than $600,000, with the priciest models leading the way. Used vehicles range from $20,000 to $200,000.
As for towables, sales at Curtis Trailers in Portland and Beaverton are up about 14%, said owner Bob Schriever. His selection includes new and used trailers, fifth-wheels and campers for pick-up trucks. Prices range from $12,000 to $70,000.
“It’s like the floodgates have opened up,” Schriever said, adding that warm and dry weather have boosted sales.