Mature Market Experts Stat of The Day: The Collapse Of The RV industry

j0182280 mature market campers and RVs

Mature Market Experts: more mature market news and stats more often – The collapse of the RV industry– According to the Warranty Week, no segment seems to have been harder hit by the recent recession than recreational vehicles with the virtual collapse of the RV (recreational vehicles) industry. The report states the accruals made by manufacturers in the RV industry over the past six years increased in the second quarter of 2005 to $79 million, whereas in the final quarter of 2008 they were barely over $41 million.

The industry’s current problems stem from consumer loss of income, fluctuating interest rates, increase in fuel prices and diminished home equity financings over the last two years.

Despite being among one of the cheapest ways for Americans to vacation, Mark Schone, attributes the industry’s sudden breakdown to recession. In addition the industry has also experienced a unique and painful credit crunch, which makes it difficult to arrange loans for those who still have hopes. The two major RV manufacturers, Country Coach and Monaco Coach are on the verge of bankruptcy (by the way, if your company faces bankruptcy -regardless of industry- my brother’s firm, Equity Partners, may be able to help you).

A study conducted by the University of Michigan’s Survey Research Center outlines the main reason for the growth in the numbers of RVs owned by Americans. RVs had reached record levels in the past couple of years. By the end of the decade, the number of consumers aged 50 to 64 will total 57 million or 38 percent which is higher than in 2000, as noted by Dr. Richard Curtin, director of surveys at the University of Michigan. Today there are around 8.5 million functioning RVs, which has led to a drastic growth of 58% since 1980 and one-in-12 vehicle-owning households in the above age group own at least one RV.

Even though there was a sudden decrease in the value of manufacturers’ sales of RVs in 2001, the RV market has shown immense growth in the following years. In 2004, the sales had increased by 6.7% to reach $11.4 billion, which was higher than the $7.4 billion in 2001.

Since 70% of RV production is located in Indiana and 15% in Oregon and California, these states are currently experiencing wild unemployment. Indiana currently has the highest unemployment rate in the United States.

My parters and I, at TR Mann Consulting, believe is that the industry association needs to make an aggressive advertising move. This recession is actually an opportunity for them to gain market position by positioning themselves as a vacation value. But they need to do so, by making a move to mainstream media . . . something they have been historically reluctant to do.

References

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30066873
http://www.rvindustrynews.com/News/tabid/16941/ctl/ArticleView/mid/38805/articleId/3657/RV-warranty-costs-skyrocket.aspx
http://www.rvnews.com/acover.cfm
http://www.nmma.org/lib/docs/nmma/gr/policy/Obama_letter_final.pdf
http://www.manufacturing.net/News-RV-Industry-Struggles-As-Pension-Funds-Dry-Up-030509.aspx?menuid=248
http://www.rvtradedigest.com/web/online/Industry-Business-News/CNBC-reports-that-RV-industry-is-ready-to-signal-a-turn/1$5189
http://www.rv-n-motorhomes.com/RV-Facts-Statistics.html

Mature Market Stat of The Day: Bankruptcy Among Seniors

Of the more than 1 million Americans who filed for bankruptcy last year, nearly a quarter were 55 and up. Bankruptcy filings among those ages 75 to 84 skyrocketed by 433 percent from 1991 to 2007.

Source: AARP, MSNBC

 Harder times coming for the mature market?

Among Americans 50 and older:

— 45 percent say food prices have caused a hardship for their budgets

— 39 percent think at least some foods will have to be rationed within a year

— 47 percent are shopping for food less frequently

— 41 percent are eating less meat

— 18 percent have started eliminating some meals

Survey of 1,009 adults ages 45 and older conducted for AARP by International Communications Research of Media, Pa., June 4-9.

Source: MSNBC