Lubbock sees increase in RV sales

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Updated: 6/22/2013 11:37 pm
It may be a sign of a stronger economy. 

"With the recession we had, naturally, a little downturn, but it's coming back."

The desire to own a home on wheels has RV sales rolling again. Billy Sims, owner of Billy Sims Trailer Town, said his business is seeing the benefits. 

"The oil business has naturally had a little influence," Sims said. "The biggest thing we have is the repeat business. We've got  second and third generations trading with us now."

Sims, who's been in the business for 43 years, said it's the family camaraderie that keeps customers coming back. 

"This is a family affair," Sims said. 'Some of the fondest memories we have as a family and our children are the camping days that we had. You get out away from a telephone, you build you a campfire, you roast some marshmallows. You have a togetherness that you don't get in a home atmosphere."

He said the price of investing, as well as the price of gasoline, can be deterrents for some, but the payback is well worth it. 

"The price of not having the family togetherness and the camaradie that you get with this is even greater," Sims said. 'You can't put everything on the price of gasoline. You have to consider the benefits that you get and your family gets out of camping."

"You can't justify it, you just have to buy it and just enjoy it. It's something you'll have and make memories for a lifetime." 

Wesley Stribling considers his RV money well spent. He's had it for seven years, and said he and his family get as much use out of it as possible. 

"We use it to go up the mountains in Colorado and camp and fish, and that's our yearly vacation," Stribling said. "We get to spend good, quality time. Family time. I've got two kids, and we take their bikes. They can ride their bikes anywhere they want to. We get to cook our own meals, and don't have to go out and eat. So, that's part of the advantage we see in it."

Sims said another sign that business is revving up is that his service and parts department is also staying plenty busy. 

According to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association, in February 2013, RV manufacturers shipped more than 26,000 units, an increase of six percent from the same month of 2012. This was the best February total since 2008. 
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