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Ohio RV Dealers Enjoying Strong Sales in 2013

August 13, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

This summer, more families seem to be gassing up recreational vehicle than ever before.

Trent Fink, of Fink’s Custom Vans & RV Center in Zanesville, Ohio, said lower lodging costs associated with RV travel are appealing to more people in the current economy, according to a report in the Newark Advocate.

“I talked to some people who took their camper out and paid like $12, $13 a night,” Fink said. “You can vacation year-round, and you save on a lot of hotel rooms.”

Fink said his sales seem to be down “but we get our fair share,” noting rentals of RVs also are becoming popular.

Fink’s Larry Pletcher said he’s also heard people complaining about the high price of hotel stays and said taking an RV out is becoming a popular, cost-saving alternative.

“When you get done paying for it, it’s yours. A lot of people find someplace to park it, and that becomes their spot to go to every year,” Pletcher said. “There’s also concern over bed bugs in hotels. You don’t have to worry about who slept there the night before and the night before that in your own RV.”

Some businesses, such as Grubb Hitch, Trailer & RV Center have seen an increase in sales among people looking for service and accessories for their RVs.

“We’ve had trailers and RVs lined up,” said Scott Blumenstock, Grubb’s owner. “People are dedicated to them; they love to take these things out.”

Although Grubb doesn’t sell RVs, Blumenstock said an increased interest in rentals — the closest RV rental is at Stoney’s RV near Cambridge — has him considering adding rentals in the future. Other RV retailers around the state are noting sales increases.

Ryan Meeks, sales manager at Craig Smith RV Center in Galion, said RV sales are up from 2012.

“We’re off to a very good start,” he said. “I think a lot of it is due to the improvement in the economy — people having more confidence and people starting to spend money on things they really enjoy.”

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Ohio Retailers Reporting Strong Summer Sales

August 2, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

This summer, more families seem to be gassing up the recreational vehicle than ever.

Ryan Meeks, sales manager at Craig Smith RV Center in Galion, Ohio, said RV sales are up from last year, according to a report in the Mansfield News Journal.

“We’re off to a very good start,” he said. “I think a lot of it is due to the improvement in the economy — people having more confidence and people starting to spend money on things they really enjoy.”

Margie Slatter, general manager of Young’s RV Center in Fremont, said her business has seen similar trends.

“We belong to a group of 20 other RV dealers and they’re saying about a 20% increase from last year’s numbers,” she said. “RVs are a recovering industry. I attribute this to a lot of reasons. One being baby boomers are retiring and that group has a lot of disposable income. We’re also seeing a lot of families with young children. It’s much more economical to buy an RV and go camping than it is to get a hotel and fly some place.”

Cassie Miller, of Loudonville, said her family realized just how much their RV meant to them after they sold it last year.

“My husband Brian had always camped with his parents and he really got me into it,” she said. “Last year, I was starting nursing school and we were trying to cut down on bills, so we sold ours. But this summer, not being able to go camping was killing us, so we ended up buying another.”

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Ron Potts RVs Selling Memories to Customers

June 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Ron Potts’ Ohio-based recreational vehicle dealership is decorated with pictures his clients have taken on vacation. According to a report in the Newark Advocate, people send them in from places they’ve camped all across the country.

“Camping makes more memories than staying in a hotel,” Potts said. “And really, we sell that lifestyle for families.”

When he opened Ron Potts’ RVs in Johnstown in 2007, he knew that he would be helping people have a lot of fun. “You make memories for families,” he said. “It makes an impact on their lives.”

A Johnstown native, Potts spent part of his career selling water fountains and coolers at Oasis International in Columbus. He moved up in the ranks but realized the job wasn’t his true calling.

Sixteen years ago, a friend in Newark asked him to work in his RV business and Potts found his niche.

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