Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Oaklahoma recreational vehicle industry hurt, helped by energy costs

OKLAHOMA CITY – Even as the rest of the nation’s RV industry faces slumping sales, Oklahoma recreational vehicle dealers said they are seeing a compensating increase from the local oil industry.

“We’re seeing a lot of oilfield workers moving from site to site, and rather than waste their company’s per diem living expense payments on hotel rooms, they’re buying their own RVs,” said Chad Eaton, service manager with Leisure Time RV.

Recreational vehicle dealers this week have moved hundreds of examples of their product lines into exhibition buildings at the Oklahoma State Fair Park for the Central Oklahoma RV Dealer Association’s annual fall RV Show & Closeout Sale. The event is free to the public and ends Sunday.

“A good majority of what we’ve been selling in the last several months have been to people in oil and natural gas,” Lewis said. “Even work in our wind energy fields is picking up. … So where we’re losing in one area, we’re gaining in another. We’re a little luckier in that aspect than some other markets are.”
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