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RV INDUSTRY PREDICTS STRONG SUMMER VACATION SEASON

 RESTON, Va., Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- On the heels of a strong rebound in recreation vehicle (RV) sales in 1992, RV industry leaders and travel experts are forecasting a surge in RV travel during the spring and summer of 1993.
 According to Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), 1992 dealer shipments of motorhomes, travel trailers, truck campers, folding camping trailers, park trailers and van conversions rose 30 percent over 1991 to 390,000 units due to increased consumer demand. Retail RV sales were also robust, with motorhome, travel trailer and folding camping trailer purchases up 14.5 percent over the previous year. Projections for 1993 indicate that dealer orders may surpass 1988 totals, the decade's best year when over 427,000 RVs with a retail value of $9.2 billion were shipped.
 "Considering high consumer demand, low interest rates and dealers re-stocking depleted inventories, we fully expect sales to continue to rise and translate into more RVs on the road this spring and summer," said David J. Humphreys, RVIA president and general counsel. "With complete living, dining and entertainment facilities on board, people are finding RVs to be a comfortable, convenient and affordable way to travel."
 Major RV consumer shows this winter in Tampa, Detroit, Washington, Cleveland and Chicago have been heavily attended with strong sales, providing more encouraging evidence that RV travel is on the rise.
 "Sales were very good, and I speak from experience as a former RV dealer," said Bill Kervin, vice president and executive director of RV Exposition, Inc., who runs the O'Hare RV, Camping and Van Show in Chicago. "We used all of the new space in the recently expanded hall and could have used more."
 The Pontiac Silverdome Camper, Travel and RV Show set a new attendance record, drawing over 25,000 people. In Kansas City, attendance at the RV and Outdoor Fun Show topped the 35,000 mark. "The mood on the floor was great, and people were excited," said Fritz Lisec, who organized the show.
 Optimism is running high among members of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC). Based on a recent survey of its Campground Industry Advisory Board, ARVC anticipates a 10 percent to 12 percent increase in revenues during the spring and summer camping season. Industry revenues for 1993 are projected to approach $4.8 billion, which would exceed the industry's record year of 1988.
 "The RV park and campground industry is poised for an outstanding season," said David Gorin, ARVC executive vice president. "The recent performance of the RV industry and the record sales of camping equipment reported by the Sporting Goods Manufacturing Association point to a strong year for RV travel and camping."
 The RV rental market is gearing up for another busy vacation season. Mike Molino, vice president of Recreation Vehicle Rental Association (RVRA), reports record levels of inquiries this year for their rental dealer directory. "Last year was a boom year with Americans and overseas tourists creating a great demand for RV rentals," he said. "We are recommending early reservations for the 1993 summer season to ensure a choice of travel dates."
 At Cruise America, the nation's largest RV rental and sales company, reservations are strong domestically with international bookings 10 percent ahead of last year.
 Packaged RV trips -- RV caravans to top destinations with entertainment and social activities included along the way -- are also on the rise. Dave Higbie, general manager for Woodall's World Of Travel, one of the nation's top RV tour outfits, said this is shaping up to be a very solid summer based on reservations.
 "Our Alaska RV cruise is completely sold out, National Park tours are drawing a lot of interest and the Branson, Mo., trip is hotter than a pistol," he reported.
 An estimated 25 million Americans own or rent RVs, including motor- homes, van campers, truck campers, travel trailers, folding camping trailers, park trailers and van conversions. There are approximately 8.5 million RVs in use today.
 RVIA is the national association representing more than 475 RV manufacturers and component parts suppliers, who together produce 95 percent of all RVs manufactured in the United States.
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 /CONTACT: Christine Morrison, director of public relations, or Bill Baker, media relations manager, Recreation Vehicle Industry Association, 703-620-6003/


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