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Sunday, May 28, 2017

RV Purchases Growing In Popularity

Above, camping on the Keene Ranch. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

More members of the baby boomer generation (those born in the years following World War II) are entering retirement age (like me) and are looking to buying an RV for traveling in their "golden years". Younger generations are also buying RVs to enjoy with their growing families.

Such is the case of residents of Eastern Idaho, which is what an article from the East Idaho News prompted this blog post. It is also true for baby boomers elsewhere and other generations elsewhere.

They wrote:
IDAHO FALLS — With RVs already in the driveways of many homes in eastern Idaho, one would think the local market is already saturated and sales at local RV dealerships would have slowed. 
But in fact, the opposite is true — RV sales are growing in eastern Idaho and local dealers say 2017 looks to be a good year. 
John Hollist, a sales representative at Smith RV, said as local residents grow up taking trips in their parents’ RVs, naturally they want to buy their own RV when they have their own families. He said for many it’s about have a certain type of lifestyle. 
“From here, you can go two hours in any direction and be setting up camp,” Hollist said. Many locals love taking advantage of all the outdoor opportunities close by. Being in a warm RV doesn’t hurt, either. 
He added that their RV lot consistently has an upward RV sales trend. Even if the economy is iffy and fuel costs go up, Hollist explained, rather than spend more money on bigger trips, people will opt to get in their RV and take a shorter trip. 
What has changed, though, is what types of RVs people are buying. “There is a big trend toward lightweight stuff that people can pull with their SUV,” Hollist said. Anything with bunk beds always tends to sell well.
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