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Dealers flock to Elkhart County Fairgrounds for Midwest RV Supershow

Category: RV Show
Source: www.wndu.com
Publish Date: Thursday, August 14, 2008
Summary: While high gas prices and a slowing economy have hit Elkhart County manufacturers hard recently, dealers say the RV market is still here; it's just changing.

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From the very large to the very small, an RV show in Goshen has just about everything the RV world has to offer. Over 170 RV's are on display at the Elkhart County Fairgrounds as part of this weekend's Midwest RV Supershow.

Eleven dealers are trying to make the sale this weekend. They tell us the pop-up and smaller pull-behind units have seen the biggest growth this year.

While high gas prices and a slowing economy have hit Elkhart County manufacturers hard recently, dealers say the RV market is still here; it's just changing.

Berry Lang operates Eby Pines Campground in Bristol, Indiana. He tells us, "In the past year and a half we've actually seen an incline in pop-ups and tents, which we haven't seen in seven years. It's been on a seven-year decline."

Lang also tells us that, while the campgrounds are still full, more and more of the people filling them are from the area. So people are still camping, but not going as far away to do so.

Some dealers say an RV is the way to go for those who are headed out of the area as well.

"Instead of going out and buying a quarter million dollar to a million home in Florida or Texas, people are tending now to buy an RV and travel," Gary Hart of Walnut Ridge Family RV sales says.

On the first day of the show, organizers say they're pleased with the turn out, and dealers say they've been making some sales. They expect the big day to be Saturday.


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