Kentucky Exposition Center

Four years after the height of the economic downturn, North American RV industry participants believe they’re heading in the right direction, according to results of a survey conducted by GE Capital’s Commercial Distribution Finance (CDF) business unit and reported today by RVBUSINESS.com.

The company surveyed 150 attendees at the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) 50th Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky.

“I think the biggest thing I take away from this survey is that, as dealers are looking out at 2013, they feel relatively optimistic about their opportunities,” reports Tim Hyland, commercial leader of CDF’s RV group, upon on the release this morning (Dec. 10) of the results of a survey circulated Nov. 26-28 during the Louisville Show.

Results showed:

  • 43% of survey respondents expect sales to increase 5% to 10% in 2013.
  • 27% were most optimistic about consumer demand going into next year.
  • 29%, a similar percentage, listed that same issue — consumer demand – as their biggest business concern followed by qualms over financing solutions and product affordability and availability.

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