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Old 04-20-2006, 01:13 PM   #1
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I'm just guessing that the current gas prices will cause sales for all types of RVs to stall out for a while. When they move back up, our jewels will be more attractive to the market place.

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Old 04-20-2006, 01:57 PM   #2
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I'm just guessing that the current gas prices will cause sales for all types of RVs to stall out for a while. When they move back up, our jewels will be more attractive to the market place.
I think you are so right, Benita. When the economy takes a hit, as in the gas crunch, people tend to stay home, do home improvements, stay closer to home and go camping moreso than a longer driving trip.

Our lightweight campers will become more and more attractive this summer.

To those selling...take heart, hold tough. I'm selling a monster house and everyone wants to know how much it'll take to heat here. I'm not concerned, though, there's always people who want a quality, old house and there's always people who are going to want to buy our campers. It make take a bit more time as people become less shocked at fuel prices, but, it'll be alright.

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Old 04-20-2006, 05:42 PM   #3
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A logical argument, but I doubt there will be a long-term effect. Current fuel prices are as high (even after adjusting for inflation) as they have ever been, and full-size trucks and SUVs sell very well. In the RV area, very large motorhomes (including those bus-derived coaches) seem more common than ever.

I recall reading that during previous "gas crises", industry observers have noted that other than very short-term fluctuations (sales "stalling out for while"), only a shortage of supply - not prices - affects luxury vehicles, including RVs. If you can afford a $200,000 RV, you can buy the fuel for it. If you have a full-size truck, you're probably not going to pull a smaller trailer than you like just to save fuel. You might use it less... but even that's uncertain.

We have a Boler 1700 because it fit our needs as well as any trailer we could find that was within our tow vehicle's capacity, and we didn't want to drive a larger vehicle. If fuel were cheaper, we'd still have the Boler; if it doubles in price, we probably won't trade down in size.

With fuel being a minor part of vehicle operating expenses (after depreciation and insurance, and comparable to maintenance), the price of fuel isn't a very effective driver for vehicle choice. Honda once offered the Civic in several versions, including one (the VX) which was not the cheapest but did get the best fuel economy, at the expense of performance and ride comfort; they could barely sell them, and gave up after a short period. People say they care about fuel consumption, but it's not really important to most of them.
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Old 04-20-2006, 08:15 PM   #4
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Well, maybe I panicked, but I lowered my price and stuck an ad in the local newspaper starting tomorrow. I will loose almost a thousand dollars on the Scamp if I sell it, but I need to move it so I can bring my new one home. I can't sit and wait while gas prices keep moving upward . I have had it advertized on here as well as the Casita board for a month . I know it is worth more, but
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Old 04-21-2006, 07:59 AM   #5
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Think reverse purchase. What did you do to make a trailer purchase? What online forums did you check? Who did you tell you're looking to buy? Have you contacted all the people who looked at your trailer with envy? Just like when you were looking to buy...someone may know someone who knows someone who's looking to purchase. Contact EVERYONE.

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Old 04-21-2006, 09:03 AM   #6
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Gigi- THE FIRST place most people look for RV's and Trucks, Cars is THE TRADER. Pretty cheap to place an ad- with a picture which is important!! I'd get an ad in there right away!

It is the first place my family looks for any vehicles.

Hey- hold out a bit, gas prices WILL influence people- 4.00 a gallon in CA!
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Old 04-21-2006, 11:48 PM   #7
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I had a pleasant experience today...

I paid 50 cents less per gallon than I do in California, and some else pumped it for me.

I am currently in Oregon.


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