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Old 05-23-2020, 01:14 PM   #1
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Red face Anybody know the RV sales numbers

Wow! Everyone is positive of one thing!

Trouble is they are positive it is either a "buyers market" or a "sellers market".

Does anyone have any true backed up numbers?

Or campground % full numbers?
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Does anybody really think its a seller's market? I've seen no sign of that in either the press or social media. The only report I've seen is that sales picked up as states re-opened, but no numbers. And if sales were near zero the month before, it doesn't mean much to say they have improved. I saw one report where a dealer sold 3 rigs and was ecstatic, cause he had not sold any on the previous 30 days. And all three were bought by medical professionals in need of a place to live next to the hospital, cause they didn't want to go home.


Shipments in March, 2020, before things got bad, were down 20%. About 30k units.



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Old 05-23-2020, 02:39 PM   #3
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from reading the forums #1 nobody knows what the future will bring for RV'ing. #2 It seems everybody wants to either be the "doom and gloom" or "everything will be great" -- all without any data to back them up but want to be able to say - I told you so. It is something I don't believe I can control and thus no need to worry about it -- it will be what it will be. Just enjoy it to the best I can regardless.
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I dont know about the future, but the Seattle news is reporting that RV and boat sales are up. The speculation is that people want to get out but stay close to home.
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I dont know about the future, but the Seattle news is reporting that RV and boat sales are up. The speculation is that people want to get out but stay close to home.
I have seen similar news reports. The trouble is when I look for the data they cite the local RV sales manager who says "These RV's are going so fast you better get yours while there is still one left". Not exactly hard hitting journalism.
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Before Covid hit, the forecast was for a downturn. So now we have 20% or so unemployment since Covid, and their trying to say rigs are flying off the lot? I just don't believe it. Near me is one of the largest RV dealerships on the West coast, and their running ads every day on TV. I don't think they would be spending all that money if things we're that great.
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I made the very tough decision to sell my park at an extreme discount for conversion to housing. My logic was there is going to be a long recovery period. Many businesses and the jobs attached to them have gone away. Those employees and business owners aren't going to be vacationing any time soon. International travel and the business that brings (we did about 10% international between cabin rentals and people in rental RVs) is going to be gone for several years. Fear is going to keep another significant percentage of the population at home. Heaven forbid there is either a spike related to re-opening or a seasonal wave like we see with the flu. Too many potential pitfalls to be the least bit optimistic. When the reality of the damage done to the economy sinks in, I think we will see a very long downturn.
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Florida RV dealers are advertising bigtime as well, and also offering huge discounts without even being asked. Doesn't sound like a sellers market to me.

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I have seen similar news reports. The trouble is when I look for the data they cite the local RV sales manager who says "These RV's are going so fast you better get yours while there is still one left". Not exactly hard hitting journalism.
The standards of journalism have sunk so low that I no longer expect the article to support the headline in any meaningful way. If the reporter can find somebody to quote, no matter how outrageous the claim, they will write it up as gospel truth.
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