Motorhome Owners Are Keeping Their Rigs Longer Because Of Bad Economic Times!

Sacramento, CA (PressExposure) November 01, 2009 -- For a lot of people today buying a new motorhome is out of the question due to depreciating home equity and the general downturn in the economy. Therefore, most RV owners are staying in their rigs longer and appear to be using these rigs at a higher level than past years. Cheryl Smith of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds says, “We have lots of RV Parks where occupancy rates are up 13 to 14%”.

Consumers have historically traded their motorhomes every four to six years or so. This trend is starting to break down. For example, 2004 was a peak year in sales… therefore 2008 should also have been a better than average sales year. However, Winnebago’s new coach sales were down 80% that year. It should be noted that Winnebago is the motorhome industry’s sales leader.

There is a new information site ( that will help the consumers cope with the variety of issues unique to their situation. What are the options and upgrades that are available to modernize and enhance the rig sitting out in the driveway? As an example, do the tires need to be replaced? The tread looks good, but what do those small cracks in the sidewall indicate? What about the rubber roof, does it need cleaning? Are there things that need to be done that will help prevent leaks? What do you do when a battery decides not to hold a charge? Does it need to be replaced, or do you have a phantom load that is draining the thing? Is the bed comfortable? Is this the time to upgrade to a modern memory foam mattress… or maybe an air bed?

A potential buyer for a used motorhome will also find a good overview of the various engine and chassis combination available for today’s Class C Motorhome. It is important to know and understand the weight and pulling capacity of the various rigs. How does a motorhome owner bring all the stuff needed for a fun vacation experience, and still keep the weight under control so as not to overload the frame and chassis? How do you know if you are overloading your chassis’ components? Class C Motorhome Info Made Simple discusses these subjects and many more.

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Press Release Submitted On: October 31, 2009 at 1:00 pm
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