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RV Sales Gearing Up; Hoosier State Benefiting

Susan Dwyer and her husband, David, bought a travel trailer about a year ago and already are looking to upgrade.

According to report in the Indianapolis Star, the couple plunked down $11,000 for their current model, but with five kids still at home, they are looking for something roomier. Even a higher priced RV is less expensive than spending $250 to $300 a night between two hotel rooms for a family vacation, Dwyer said as she waited for her travel trailer to get some minor repairs at Camping World RV in Greenwood.

“We’re pretty financially set right now,” said Susan, a 52-year-old from Bargersville, “and we can travel with the trailer and not feel pinched.”

The Dwyers’ interest reflects an encouraging trend for the RV industry, particularly in Indiana. Sales, though shy of their 2006 peak, are rising as the economy improves.

Nationally, 13.3% more RVs were shipped during the first five months of this year than during the same months in 2012, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). Sales have been rising since 2010. There are a record 9 million RV owners today.

In Indiana, where the unemployment rate stubbornly remains above 8%, the upswing is welcome news. More than 80% of all RVs are made in the Hoosier state, the industry association said.

“Employment is rising as manufacturers are hiring people,” industry association spokesman Kevin Broom said, “especially in Northern Indiana.”

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