Friday, February 20, 2009

RV sales having strong season despite economy

FLINT, Michigan -- Attendance at a recent camper and RV show in Flint was up by nearly 25 percent over last year, giving local dealers hope for a strong sales season despite the tough economy.

About 5,000 people attended the 33rd annual Flint Camper & RV Show at Perani Arena and Event Center earlier this month.

Flint Journal extras RV and Camper show

• What: 2009 Mid-Michigan Spring RV and Camper Show.

• Where: Expo Center, 11600 Beyer Road, Birch Run.

• When: 2 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday.

• Admission: $6 for adults; free for children.

• Details: (800) 316-9928.

A lot of folks were just looking, but some were buying, too.

"We were absolutely jammed -- it reminded me of the shows we had years ago," said Tim O'Brien, owner with wife DeeDee of RV dealer Circle K in Lapeer.

Who is buying RVs these days? Mostly those with stable jobs, but also retirees and even some former General Motors employees spending their buyout dollars, the dealers said.
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