Is There A Nationwide RV Shortage?
Summer is in full swing, and if you don’t already own an RV, you may be waiting for quite a while to snag one. Dealerships are telling customers that it may take anywhere from 2 to 6 months for RVs to come in.
RV dealers across the nation are experiencing an RV shortage. What were once lots filled to the brim with trailers and motorhomes are now nearly empty. Dealerships are selling units faster than they can park them on the lot.
A number of factors contribute to this unprecedented shift in supply and demand, nearly all stemming from the pandemic.
High consumer demand
RVing gained popularity during the pandemic and continues to be in high demand. According to a survey conducted by rental marketplace RVezy, most participants ranked RVing as the safest mode of travel and vacation. They classified it as a low-risk activity compared to staying in a hotel or resort.
“RV travel is an activity where families can go places together with their own things (bed, bathroom, kitchen, etc.) and not have to wonder about who else may have slept there, sat there, or touched the TV remote. It’s a great way to get a change of view with a little peace of mind.”
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Supply chain disruption
Like many other RV dealers across the country, Terry Frazer of Terry Frazer’s RV Center in Eldridge, Iowa, has seen an astronomical upswing in RV sales. However, while the increase in sales has been jaw-dropping, the pandemic has left a trail of problems in its wake.
“The issue we’re facing now is getting products. There’s shortages,” said Frazer.
Whether it’s a direct link to labor shortage or speed of production, many parts are being manufactured in lower quantities or not at all. With the pandemic came altered work hours and shifts and a reduction in the workforce. The result was a problem in RV assembly and completion. RVs can’t be approved for sale if they are missing windows, a hitch, or another necessary part.
In addition, while most RVs are made in the United States, many components are shipped from overseas. Fewer international shipments have touched shore or have been delayed due to cautionary pandemic measures.
Learn more about the RV shortage
Manufacturers and dealerships are hoping that this state of limbo will soon pass, with signs of the pandemic nearing an end. That way, they can go back to doing what they do best: make and sell RVs to travel enthusiasts.
The following news clip from CBS Evening News reports on the upswing in RV sales, RV shortage situation, and cases of already booked campgrounds this summer.