Saturday, February 28, 2009

RV dealers feel left out of government's stimulus plan

Area recreational vehicle dealers are worried the government's $787 billion stimulus bill may not stimulate many sales in their troubled industry.

A key provision of the bill grants a federal tax deduction applicable on the first $49,500 paid for a new car, truck or motor home.

But language was stripped from the bill that would have extended that tax break to non-motorized trailers, fifth wheels and other towed camper units. Those units make up 85 percent of the industry's annual sales, which plummeted 32.9 percent nationally last year to their lowest level since 1993.

"We are being left out," said Preston Filger, the owner of Liberty RV. "It would help. It absolutely would benefit our sales."

At the same time, Filger acknowledged sales of costlier motor homes sorely need the break. "The motor home market has taken more of a beating than travel trailers," he said.
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