Texas RV Sales Outpace Industry
When members of the Texas Recreation Vehicle Association (TRVA) met Aug. 15-18 for their annual convention in San Antonio they could take some comfort knowing that RV sales in the Lone Star State haven’t been impacted by a sour national economy as much as other parts of the country.
“There's a good market here,” said Amy Pennington, owner of RV Outlet Mall, a towable and motorized dealership in Georgetown, noting that sales of ultra-lightweight towables have been particularly strong. “We're probably making a little less, but we're still selling RVs,” she said.
Indeed, through June, Texas had outperformed national averages for the sale of both motorized and towable RVs, although registrations declined compared to 2007, according to Statistical Survey Inc., Grand Rapids, Mich. For the first six months, Texas towable retail sales measured against 2007 were down 9.4% while motorized had dropped 27.3% compared to a decline nationally of 18% and 32.4%, respectively.
“It's a tough time and we feel the way most do, that we will see a turn sometime next year, hopefully,” said TRVA Executive Director Clark McKewn. “In spite of gas prices and in spite of tightening of money, my dealers are doing better than other parts of the country.”
About 225 people representing some 65 RV dealerships, manufacturers and service providers attended the annual convention at the Marriott Plaza in downtown San Antonio, which featured a 25-booth trade show and sported the theme “Texas Great in '08: A Celebration of Who We are and Where We are Going.”