Recent statistics from the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) showed that RV interest grew in 2012. The South Bend Tribune reports that the RVIA stated that RV retailers received 20,561 units in November 2012 – a 25.2 percent year-over-year increase. Additionally, RV shipments rose 13.3 percent to 266,789 between January 2012 and November 2012.
RV retailers saw more interest in their vehicles last year, as 2012 marked the third consecutive year in which RV shipments increased. The economic recession of the late 2000s caused gas prices to rise in many areas and limited sales growth in the past, but industry experts appear confident about the future.
"The numbers being up are a good sign for everybody," Matt Rose, director of recreational vehicles for the Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council, told the news source. "Everyone knows what direction we're going."
Employment has also grown in the recreation vehicle industry over the past few years. For example, northern Indiana firms employ more than 24,000 workers in RV manufacturing or supply positions, and companies may expand as the national economy improves.
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