Saturday, August 04, 2007

RV Travel Hasn't Lost It's Appeal

"From the moment we saw it, we loved it," 41-year-old math teacher Carl Haley said of the 1997 Fleetwood Flair he and his partner acquired from friends they recently visited in Las Vegas. "We just saw ourselves taking vacations in this vehicle," saving money not on gas but on hotel rooms and meals.

While shipments of all RVs -- a broad category that includes towable campers and "toy haulers" for transporting jet skis, dirt bikes etc. -- were down almost 13% in the first half of the year, shipments of motor homes were up more than 2%.

And RV rentals are up about 4% so far this summer, according to industry estimates.

"Summer vacation is sacred in this country, and people aren't going to let $100 extra in gas expense stop them from going on vacation," said Phil Ingrassia, a spokesman for the National RV Dealers Assn.

At El Monte RV, the nation's No. 2 RV rental operation, rentals are up 4% this summer after slipping 4% last year.
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