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Old 07-30-2009, 11:02 AM   #1
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RV Rebound Ahead?

Finally some good news!



Americans still yearning to RV - The Elkhart Project- msnbc.com
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Old 07-30-2009, 11:28 AM   #2
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That sounds good, but I don't see it happening if "you know who" has anything to do with it.
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Old 07-30-2009, 12:53 PM   #3
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That sounds good, but I don't see it happening if "you know who" has anything to do with it.
I'm assuming what you're referring to (stronger CAFE standards). I think that view is short-sighted.

Better fuel economy tow vehicles can tow trailers. They might not be able to tow 7500 lb trailers, but I personally think it was time for RVs to lose some pork and be better engineered with more contemporary materials and designs.

Consider how many RVers would love a 1/2-ton diesel truck. Those sorts of vehicles are more likely as a result of stronger fuel economy standards.

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In that article Roland Jones, the business news editor, calls the RV lifestyle a "strange blend of individualism and wanderlust." Is that the right adjective, strange? Wouldn't unique be better? Anyway, I sure would like to be wandering right now.
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Old 07-30-2009, 02:55 PM   #5
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I'm assuming what you're referring to (stronger CAFE standards). I think that view is short-sighted.

Better fuel economy tow vehicles can tow trailers. They might not be able to tow 7500 lb trailers, but I personally think it was time for RVs to lose some pork and be better engineered with more contemporary materials and designs.

Consider how many RVers would love a 1/2-ton diesel truck. Those sorts of vehicles are more likely as a result of stronger fuel economy standards.

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I'm not only referring to the cafe standards, but the cap and trade bill is the big problem, as I see it.

And Diesel is not the answer to our energy problems, as they only get maybe 10% better fuel mileage than gas now with their new emissions controls and standards. The real problem is the price of Diesel will go back up much higher than gasoline in this country once the recession/depression is over. So you get 10% better fuel mileage, but pay 50% more for fuel....
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I dunno, I guess I'm more optimistic. If people want to continue that lifestyle, and there is money to be made in selling RVs, I think adjustments will be made to allow it to continue. Where there's a will...and all of that.

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Tom, I hope your are right, I'm just not optimistic at this time.
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I dunno, I guess I'm more optimistic. If people want to continue that lifestyle, and there is money to be made in selling RVs, I think adjustments will be made to allow it to continue. Where there's a will...and all of that.

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I agree....we should all show more optimism and maybe we can end this doom and gloom sooner. Where there is a will THERE IS A WAY
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Tom, I hope your are right, I'm just not optimistic at this time.
That's fair and understandable. I think something that gives me hope is that, when I visit my wife's family in England, there are quite a few "caravans" around. Despite the hurdles -often limited room for parking, much smaller tow vehicles, very expensive fuel, more restrictive rules and taxation - RVing goes on.

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I deliver campers for a living and we have been behind on delivering new units from factories to dealers for a month now. As of tonight there are still 60 campers sitting in northern Indiana in our shipping yards waiting to be towed. I ask every dealer I deliver to what kind of year they are having and only 2 this year have said "not real good", most are average to good responses.

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