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Analysts: RV sales up, economic recovery ahead

8:36 PM, Jan 16, 2010   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida - Economists consider RV sales a key indicator of where the economy is headed.

This year, the Florida RV SuperShow saw a 15 percent increase in attendance, and organizers say sales of mid-sized RVs are up.

"Typically, [with] RV sales, as we see a slowdown, it means we're heading into recession," said Florida RV Association Marketing Director Dave Kelly.

"As we come out of the recession, people are more willing to buy an RV.  It's a sign we're coming out of a recession."

And this year, the signs are good.  Sales are expected to pick up between five and 10 percent, after they bottomed out last year.

In 2010, Winnebago is expected to ship 5,300 motor homes this year.  That's up 142 percent from last year.

Plenty of people packed the Florida State Fairgrounds Saturday, some just browsing and others looking for a serious buy.

"We've noticed when people stop by a booth, they seem to be more interested in buying things than just renting things," said one dealer.

The 2010 Florida RV SuperShow continues Sunday at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa.  The event is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Adult tickets are $8, but there is a coupon for $1 dollar off on the Florida Trade Association's website.

Janie Porter, 10 Connects

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