May '17

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62 • RV PRO • May 2017 rv-pro.com B U S I N E S S Refresh A more in-depth look at recent breaking news Wagon Trail RV recently opened a new location in Las Vegas located on 3 acres that features a good-size inventory of Class B motorhomes. Wagon Trail is one of several dealerships across the U.S. to open new stores in recent months as demand for RVs exceeds pre-Great Recession levels. By David MacNeal Refresh combines the best of RV PRO's breaking news daily website reporting with additional information, context and insights available in magazine format. P erhaps to no one's surprise, all signs point to continued growth for the RV industry in the near term. Just a few illustrations of this, taken from recent articles published in the RV PRO eNews- letter in the past two months: a recent economic report from Wells Fargo predicts RV sales to con- tinue their upward trend as more Baby Boomers retire; RV shipments for 2016 have surpassed pre- Great Recession numbers; RV shipments as of February were running 9.7 percent ahead of the same time last year; and Kampgrounds of America has released a report stating that an estimated "13 million U.S. households plan to do more camping in 2017 than 2016." Those figures all could help explain why many dealerships are opening new stores or revamping their existing facilities to meet the growing demand and create new customers in the process. In an exclusive eNewsletter interview with RV PRO, Wagon Trail RV shared photos from dealer Phil Rizzio's new location in Las Vegas. The gal- lery goes from groundbreaking to what becomes a 3-acre, concrete-filled lot with outlets wired near every RV, allowing customers to plug-in and play with the dealership's selection of Sprinter vans. In a way, the facility reflects how some dealerships are changing. For example, aside from the five, 50-foot service bays, the new Wagon Trail RV dealership is creating an inviting, campground vibe with an outdoor kitchen where days-long events can be held. The atmosphere of Rizzio's dealership matches that of the high-end sophistication of the Mer- cedes-Benz Sprinter chassis Class B motorhomes the business sells. "It's more of a campground-type setting than a dealership," General Manager John Chelist told RV PRO. "We even have a 'dog run' out in the back because so many of our customers come in PHOTO COURTESY OF WAGON TRAIL RV

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