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Category: RV Show
Source: www.fox28.com, South Bend, IN
Publish Date: Sunday, August 17, 2008
Summary: He says those who can buy RV's now will be saving hundreds of dollars on manufacturers rebates. That's what salesmen are pitching to potential buyers that when the economy turns around, they'll look back and know they've gotten a good deal.

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Spending $500 to fill up your tank isn't something that anyone wants to do.  But that's the reality for some RV owners.  The Midwest RV and Outdoor Show, people are preparing to do just that despite a slumping economy.       

"It's a lot more sociable life.  And we just like the lifestyle," said RV Owner Bob Heiland.

Bob Heiland wouldn't give up his R-V...even with today's high gas prices.  He just bought one in June.

"I towed a travel trailer down to Florida in the Spring.  It was $600 each way in diesel fuel," said Heiland.

Show Director Matt Bowersox says gas prices and other factors are why show attendance has dropped over the years.

"What we have missed are people that are not really interested in buying right now just looking...those people haven't come alot this weekend.  The people that are serious have really come out and there's some great deals to be had here today," said RV Show Director Matt Bowersox.

"After this is over and it will be over and the market comes back...the price of RVs are probably going to rise significantly due to all the increases in raw materials over the last couple of years," said Michiana RV General Manager Lenny Martynowicz.

He says those who can buy RV's now will be saving hundreds of dollars on manufacturers rebates.  That's what salesmen are pitching to potential buyers that when the economy turns around, they'll look back and know they've gotten a good deal.

"Unfortunately the RV industry tends to lead the country into an economic downturn, but it also tends to lead the country out of an economic downturn,"  said Bowersox.

Price tags ranging from four-thousand dollars to $250,000 have some buyers a bit weary.  The high price of gas and food are major concerns.  But for Bob Heiland, the R-V experience is worth it.

"When you go to a campground, it's a whole lot different than a motel because when you go to a campground people are out walking around and if you're sitting around they'll say hi and speak to you," said Heiland.

Show Director Bowersox says that another major part of the four day event is the camping.  RV owners from across the nation migrate to the show to camp and purchase accessories for their vehicles.  The Midwest R-V and Outdoor Show wrapped up Sunday evening


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