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Forest River Surveyor Travel Trailer

Forest River Surveyor Travel Trailer

After slumping during the recession, sales of recreational vehicles are on the rise as U.S. consumers give in to the lure of the open road — with amenities — and are once again able to get credit to buy what many consider an affordable second home.

Sales of RVs, which include travel trailers and motor homes, have been rising since 2010, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association. Today, RV owners number nearly 9 million in the United States — a record.

The increase comes thanks to more available credit, growing interest in RV travel, and a push by RV makers to load up the vacation homes on wheels with high-tech extras, the Reston, Va.-based association said.

And many people are just fed up with traditional travel hassles.

“We’re seeing a lot of first-time buyers who have traveled other ways and are tired of the air travel or questionable accommodations when they get where they’re going,” said Greg Merkel, owner and president of Leo’s Vacation Center in Gambrills.

Wholesale sales of RVs, which reached a 30-year high in 2006, began falling off the following year, hurt by plummeting consumer confidence and the tightening of credit markets, said Kevin Broom, a spokesman for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association.

Sales from manufacturers to dealers dropped sharply in 2008 and 2009, the group says.

“RVs are discretionary purchases that are primarily financed,” Broom said, adding that would-be RV owners could not buy even if they wanted to during the credit crunch.

That has changed. National sales rose 4 percent last year, to more than 252,000 RVs, and are projected to grow as much as 6 percent this year.

About 90 percent of RVs sold are travel trailers, which cost about $35,000 on average and require towing. The rest are pricier motor homes.

“That’s incremental, steady growth, and what we anticipate happening is this steady growth,” Broom said. “There’s a substantial savings in RV travel, even including the purchase and ownership,” because RV travelers — who pay about $35 per night at campgrounds — can forgo hotel, restaurant and airfare costs.

“People want to get out and spend time with family and want the outdoor experience,” Broom said. “But they want comfort.”

Sales at Chesaco RV in Joppa are up more than 20 percent this year over last, general manager Rob Lentz said.

“Truly it’s a lifestyle choice to some degree,” Lentz said of the demand for RVs. “This is something people enjoy doing.”

RV owners, he said, share “a really strong feeling of community and loyalty.”

This year, the dealer, which also has locations in Gambrills and Frederick, has seen a bump in sales of travel trailers in the $20,000 to $30,000 range, Lentz said.

Financing with lower interest rates has helped sales, he said, adding that the interest on vehicles counted as second homes is tax-deductible.

Manufacturers, too, are trying to win over buyers by including more amenities, such as high-end audio and video systems, a homier feel in decor, upgrades in kitchens and bath designs, new floor plans — and power-everything, including the awnings, he said.

“A lot of the allure with the RV lifestyle is the ability to travel with a lot of the amenities from home, to have your own bed and your own bathroom,” Lentz said.

Some owners store their trailers at their homes and tow them on trips, while others keep a trailer at a permanent site. Some campgrounds will store trailers in the off-season and then tow them to a campsite for the owners.

Linda Abel and her husband, Frank, just bought a 33-foot motor home with full kitchen, bathroom with a standup shower, living room with leather sofa and big-screen TV, and bedroom with two wardrobes and another TV. They traded up after owning travel trailers.

Before their first trailer purchase three years ago, the Perry Hall couple considered buying a permanent vacation home.

Fifth Wheel Travel Trailer RV Recreational VehicleAfter seeing increasing numbers of recreational vehicles overwhelming the Nanton, Alberta campground sewage dumping system, the Town has decided to shut it down.

At council meetings in June and July, council has heard that non-patron RVers using the campground dump station have been causing traffic and safety problems, as well as overwhelming the septic field there.

Coun. Bill Szabon noted that the campground site was not intended originally to be developed as a sewer dump, and that the septic field was developed just for shower purposes at the campground.

“I’m making the motion on the hope that we don’t have to accept any more outside crap,” said Blake.

The Town has discussed the need for a dumping station with representatives from the Pilot Flying J truck stop, and they have agreed to install a dump station at the truck stop as part of the renovations.

As a result, campers will still have a place to dump their sewage, although Flying J will place a $10 dump fee.

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Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
     TIFFIN / ALLEGRO 2006-2010
     TIFFIN / ALLEGRO BAY 2006-2010
Manufacturer: TIFFIN MOTORHOMES, INC. Mfr’s Report Date: JUN 15, 2012
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V327000 NHTSA Action Number: PE12004
Component: SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1,304
Summary: 
TIFFIN IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2006 THROUGH 2010 ALLEGRO AND ALLEGRO BAY RECREATIONAL VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH BOSCH HYDRAULIC BRAKES. HYDRAULIC BRAKE EQUIPPED MOTORHOME CHASSIS EXPOSED TO LONG PERIODS OF TIME OF NON-DRIVING MAY EXPERIENCE DIAMETRICAL BRAKE CALIPER PISTON GROWTH AND REDUCED PISTON TO BORE CLEARANCE POTENTIALLY LEADING TO BRAKE DRAG AND OVERHEATING RESULTING IN REDUCED BRAKE PERFORMANCE.Tiffin Allegro Motorhome
Consequence:
REDUCED BRAKE PERFORMANCE MAY LEAD TO AN INCREASED RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy: 
TIFFIN WILL NOTIFY THE OWNERS, AND AUTHORIZED DAIMLER TRUCKS NORTH AMERICA (DTNA) DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND, AS NECESSARY, REPLACE THE BRAKE CALIPERS FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE JULY 20, 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT DTNA AT 1-800-547-0712.
Notes: 
CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
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