The improved gas mileage of slimmed-down trailers has given the recreational vehicle industry a recession-era boost, say the sponsors of a four-day Visalia Convention Center sales event in Visalia, Calif., the Visalia Times-Delta reported
The event featured more than 100 RVs, many of them lighter weight fifth-wheels. The show ended Sunday (Aug. 8).
“People here have been buying anything from a $19,000 camping trailer to a fully equipped $150,000 motorhome,” said Bart Harper, sales representative for Fresno-based RV Outlet, which sponsored the event.
These days, the industry is targeting young families like Armando Gonzalez and his wife, Tanya, and daughter, Alexis, 8. The Farmersville family eyed several fifth-wheels over the weekend, sizing up the interiors of several larger models.
“We already own one [RV],” said Gonzalez, who works for an engineering firm in Reedley. “And we have a special trailer that carries off-road [all-terrain vehicles].”
He said prices for new vehicles are temptingly low. One of these days, he might consider trading up to a newer, lighter, better-equipped RV, he said.
The growing number of families enjoying outdoor activities means more potential customers, said event organizer Gary Graswick of RV Outlet. “Dollar for dollar, using an RV for family outings and vacations remains an excellent value,” he said.