Thursday, January 22, 2009

RV dealers forced to think on their feet

The Fort Worth RV Show is the place to be this week.

Despite the bad economy, show director Pat Hahn expects about 10,000 visitors and enough motor homes and trailers to fill the entire space with the promise of happy camping.

Kevin Ketner, general manager and vice president of Ancira Motorhomes, said his company plans to exhibit about 50 units at the show.

His company closed its Temple sales location on Interstate 35 on Oct. 24.

"We just made a decision to concentrate on our big businesses" in Alvarado and Boerne, said Ketner, who is upbeat about the industry. He said 2009’s early signs are encouraging.

Texas RV parks also enjoyed a record year in 2008, as higher gas prices prompted owners to stay closer to home instead of taking longer trips out of state, Ketner said.

RV sales in the $60,000-$150,000 range were down, Ketner said, while the $175,000 to $200,000 units were stronger.

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