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Are RV Sales a Sign of Economic Stability?


Apr 3, 2024

Tesla recently announced its first quarter delivery figures which indicated a slowdown in sales. The electric vehicle maker is facing tough competition from Chinese manufacturers and the overall EV market is experiencing some challenges, according to a report by Meghan McCarty Marino for marketplace.org. In addition, RV sales have also taken a hit, with motorhomes and towable trailers having their worst year in over a decade in 2023. However, there are now signals that this slump may be reversing, which could be a positive indicator for the economy.

While many economists focus on indicators like bond rates or household consumption trends, Michael Hicks at Ball State University pays attention to the campground when analyzing economic trends. He notes that RV sales can be a significant predictor of business cycles due to the substantial cost of these vehicles. Sales tend to decrease at the first sign of economic trouble and rise again when consumer confidence improves.

For more details, you can read the full report on marketplace.org. Additionally, you can listen to the article by clicking on the audio player below.

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