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Marathon Coach, a luxury RV manufacturer based in Coburg, says it will add 25 new jobs this summer.

That's a small but welcome change in Lane County, which lost about 90 percent of its mobile home manufacturing jobs after the recession.

Marathon Coach custom builds RVs with details like granite flooring, crystal chandeliers, and leather furniture. New, they sell for upwards of $1.5 million.

Brian Rooney, a regional economist with the Oregon Employment Department, said two factors are driving up demand for RVs: baby boomers retiring, and the economic recovery.

"Things like housing prices increasing and the stock market increasing, that gives people more disposable income for things like RVs," he said.

Before the recession, RV manufacturing employed about 4,500 people in Lane County.

Rooney said in Oregon the industry has been slow to recover; it employs about 500 people in the Eugene area today.

Some manufacturers went bankrupt and others moved their production to Indiana, where most of the RVs in the U.S. are made.

In Oregon, Umatilla County and Union County are also home to major RV manufacturers.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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