LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The RV industry's recovery from the Great Recession has picked up speed.
Recreational Vehicle makers are churning out higher numbers of travel trailers bound for dealers' lots and, ultimately, campgrounds.
Overall shipments from manufacturers to dealers - a key measure of consumer demand - are expected to rise 10 percent in 2012 and could gain another 4.5 percent next year, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association said Tuesday.
Through September, shipments were up nearly 11 percent from the same period last year, the group said. The higher-than-expected number had dealers, manufacturers and suppliers feeling more optimistic as they gathered this week for an annual industry trade show. Sales at his dealership are up about 18 percent so far this year, and he's predicting another 15 percent gain in 2013.