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(Sandy-AP) -- Fears about terrorist attacks actually are spurring recreational vehicle sales. That's what RV dealers say. It seems that many Americans, concerned about their safety in a civic emergency, want mobile shelters with their own power and water supply.
The dealers have some evidence for their claims. Attendance at the 38th annual Utah Sportsmen, Vacation & RV Show in Sandy this past weekend was up 25 percent over last year, and many dealers reported surprisingly strong sales.
Dealers had feared the sour economy since the 2001 terror attacks would curtail big purchases. But they say people want to stay home more, and if they travel, want an alternative to flying.
Americans last week paid an average of one dollars and 66 cents for a gallon of self-service regular gas -- up 55 cents from a year ago. But RV customers, enticed by low interest rates, apparently were not scared off by a potential war that could affect the nation's oil supply.
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