Motor Home Sales Up Despite Down Economy

People are hitting the road, leaving money troubles behind

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 31: An airline pilot and a co-worker walk past a row of motor homes in Parking Lot B of the Los Angeles International Airport on July 31, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. Schaeffer, who moved into the colony seven months ago, has been a mechanic since 1989 and has worked for Delta Airlines, United Airlines and is now with FedEx. Affected by the current economy, some employees of the airline industry, like Schaeffer, have resorted to living by the airport to save money by reducing their commutes to work. With over 100 residents, the 'colony' holds a variety of employees from around the country including support staff, mechanics, pilots and flight attendants. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

    Sales are booming at Motor Home Specialist RV Center in Alvarado. Proof, the company said that despite the recession, people are still taking vacations and buying motor homes.

    Craig and Sherri Bailey came all the way from Virginia  to buy a new RV from MHSRV.

    Motor Home Sales Up Despite Down Economy

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    People are hitting the road, leaving money troubles behind.

    "We figured hey you know, we've got the money right now, might as well do it. It's something we've been saving up for,” said Bailey.

    Her husband bought the RV for their anniversary.

    Because of buyers such as the Baileys, RV sales were up 16% at the end of 2009, and businesses like Motor Home Specialists are reaping the benefits.

    The company has used the extra money to install a 900-hundred foot awning that covers 50 of their motor homes. It's quite the eye-catcher, according to owner Donny O'Banion.

    "I mean, it really shows well from the road," O’Banion said.

    Attracting people's attention from the road helps but O’Banion said there is much more that goes in to his business' success.

    "Work hard, work a lot of hours, and just ultimately it always boils down to money," he said about selling during a recession.

    Buyers whose bottom dollar is their bottom line, agree.

    "It’s a great time to buy, and one of the reasons we came here is because this dealership knows that and the prices reflect that," said shopper Michael Tillman.