With gas prices up to $4 a gallon in some places, we’re all feeling the pain at the pump. For the RV industry, that’s just getting back on it’s feet, it couldn’t come at a worse time, WSJV-TV, South Bend, Ind., reported.
Brian Calhoun has been the sales manager at Tiara RV Sales and Service in Elkhart for seven years. He’s happy the industry is finally looking up, but these gas prices have him only cautiously optimistic.
“We see gas prices, and we know they’re going to have an impact, but we just don’t know how big of an impact,” said Calhoun.
Prices may hurt, but aren’t keeping the RV enthusiasts from buying. “Campers camp,” Calhoun said. “They might not camp in Colorado, like they normally would, but they’re going to camp.”
Linda Hapner says that’s true. She and her husband have owned a camper for more than 15 years.
“Last weekend we camped up at Elkhart Campgrounds up on County Road 4,” Hapner said. “And when you’re away from home, whether it’s two miles or 200 miles, you’re away from home.”
Hapner is a part of an RV club. She says her fellow club members are still travelling, but they say people aren’t buying the motorized RVs much anymore. She says they’re not as popular as the towable RVs, because they cost more to operate.
“We’re very happy to have become partners with Tiara just 4 years ago, and to see this meteoric rise so fast shows their dedication to product knowledge and salesmanship,” said Don Emahiser, Carriage vice president of sales and marketing, in a news release.
Tiara RV Sales is owned by Todd Cornell and has been in business since 2001.
“Todd’s commitment to certain manufacturers has paid off for Carriage and a few select others,” said Emahiser. “His team has excelled at learning his non-candy store product approach, and his outstanding Cameo numbers prove that not being afraid to stock product, spending time on educating salespeople and his ‘no one is too good to wash a rig or fill LP bottles’ ownership methods are worth the effort.”