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, wholesale shipments of travel trailers were at some of the highest levels in decades, according to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association, based in Reston, Va.
RV industry shipments are expected to total 361,400 units in 2015, up 4% from 2014.
The 2015 figure would be more than double the industry's recent low point in 2009.
"We've had a good year in 2014. Our October numbers were up 30% from September and were the best October total we've posted in 38 years," said RVIA President Richard Coon.
Sales of travel trailers and motor homes are big business in Wisconsin, with people coming here from the Chicago area to buy rigs costing tens of thousands of dollars.
"We had our best year ever," said Paul Beitzel, sales manager at Ewald's Airstream of Wisconsin, an Airstream travel-trailer dealership in Franklin.
New Airstream trailers cost $42,000 to $140,000. The Ohio-based trailer manufacturer has benefited from baby boomers not wanting to wait much longer to buy one of the luxury units that sometimes serves as their second home.
"The baby boomers are retiring and want a lifestyle change," Beitzel said.