Recreational vehicle industry cruising toward good year

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Despite alternately hitting the gas and the brakes, the recreational vehicle industry still could be on track for a solid year, according to the South Bend Tribune.

Dealers are selling of a glut of inventory they accumulated after makers last year offered deals to keep their plants humming. As a result, factories are getting fewer orders this year, and the resulting slowdown has resulted in layoffs and consolidation of plants in the manufacturing center of north-central Indiana.

Yet, dealers report that sales have remained fairly strong.

In June, the University of Michigan said shipments would be down 9.2 percent this year from 2006, but remain at a level that would be the fourth-best year in three decades.

The 53rd Annual Midwest RV Super Show starts Aug. 16 in Goshen. The show typically attracts 10,000 people.

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