HATFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – We might have found another sign that the economy is returning to pre-recession levels- more families are once again purchasing RVs.
RVs don’t come cheap- they can cost up to $500,000, which is why it is a good sign for the economy when they’re in high demand. Manufacturers are already shipping more RVs to dealers than they have in years, and according to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association, those shipments are expected to increase 3 ½ percent this year.
As for next year, the industry is only expecting it to get better. Total shipments are projected to reach their highest level since the pre-recessionary boom a decade ago.
22News spoke Tuesday with Bob LaFreniere, sales manager at Diamond RV in West Hatfield. He told 22News that sales here at home have continued to grow each month.
“A lot of people are buying RVs now and not flying, banks are easing up and people are spending their money. We’re up over last year, and this has been the best year we’ve had over the last five,” LaFreniere said.
He also said that over the past five years, their sales have increased about 15 to 20% annually, which is good news for the industry and possibly the local economy.