“They’re cranking. Business is booming in every aspect,” said Frank Davis, a Winnebago sales manager. Davis said in two days he sold 29 motor coaches and a total of more than 200 items including travel trailers and campers.
Shoppers are out in full force checking out the latest models and taking advantage of the low interest rates as low as 3.9 percent for a 20 year loan, Davis said. So far, he said, he hasn’t heard anyone say gas prices are not preventing them from making a purchase
“It’s like buying a Corvette and asking about fuel economy,” he said.
Mario Pelletier of Annapolis, Md. said his motor coach gets about seven to eight miles per gallon but the trade-off is he and is wife, Denise, save money by pulling into camp grounds where it costs about $30 to $40 a night versus $200 for a hotel room.
He was canvassing the show in search of accessories, things like a GPS designed for Winnebago owners listing camp sites, service stations and restaurants. He was also checking into electrical isolation systems and tire sensors.
“Camping is a lifestyle. You have to love it,” he said