The RV industry is seeing a turnaround in sales - - Jackson, MS

The RV industry is seeing a turnaround in sales

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Over the past year, sales of recreational vehicles or RV's have rebounded. The largest maker of motor homes, Winnebago, has seen about a 17-percent increase in sales, which gives hope to a turnaround in the U. S. Economy.

When the economy started going down, back in 2008, one of the hardest hit industries was the motor home and recreational vehicle industry. When people started cutting back, it was one of the first things to go.  

We wondered why we are seeing a turnaround in the sales of recreational vehicles in the past year. We went to a company that has been selling them in Jackson for almost 50 years, S and S Apache Camping Center on Terry Road, in south Jackson.

"The RV industry leads into a recession and leads out," said S & S Apache President Layton Smith. "Indications are we are coming out, so the economy is improving, consumer confidence is increasing. Interest rates are, I think, as low as we will ever see them. And fuel prices are not where we want, but at least they have stabilized, and we can live with them."

The prices for most RVs is still in six figures.

"In diesels, from about $200,000 up," said Smith. "Gasoline powered, around a hundred thousand, give or take."

The most popular RV's these days are trailers. they range from $15-thousand to about $50-thousand and most have a bed, a couch, a kitchen and a bath room, so you can live in them.

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