RV industry booming in COVID-19 crisis but buyer beware

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The COVID-19 pandemic has likely forever changed the business landscape — and not for much good. But the RV industry is an exception among the tragedies of long-time companies closing, furloughed employees and depleting workforces.

RVing has provided a new part-time and full-time opportunity for travelers who are increasingly weary of the restrictions of home stay drug the coronavirus. Sales are up.

The RV Industry is growing but its popularity results in quality control problems.
The RV Industry is growing but its popularity has resulted in quality control problems.

The video below and its commentary on the CNBC network provides an excellent overview of the industry. It discusses ownership of different types of RVs and vans and the major companies that manufacturer them.

RV industry quality control a concern

With the RV ownership increase, the feature also reports on limited campgrounds for the influx of RV travelers.

Several industry experts, including Chuck Woodbury of RVTravel.com, dealership personnel and RV owners provide commentary. It complements the 15 1/2-minute presentation’s narration.

As publisher of the industry’s largest website, Woodbury expresses his concerns about quality control. There aren’t enough skilled technicians working on new vehicle manufacturing or the repair of used RVs.

Here’s the opening audio synopsis to the video:

“In the years that followed the financial crisis, sales of RVs began booming. Once considered a pretty dowdy way to travel, RVs have benefitted from slick industry ad campaigns, relatively low gas prices, and a renewed interest among Americans of all ages.

“Data indicate first-time buyers are pouring into RV dealerships and shows, looking for their own happy home on the road. But long-timers say new buyers need to do their research before buying, and understand what the RV life is really about.”

Woodbury, a long-time RVer throughout the United States and internationally, stresses the potential enjoyment of the lifestyle. But he also warns of its potential pitfalls.

“It can be wonderful,” says Woodbury. “But people need to do their homework first just to make sure it’s a dream come true rather than a nightmare.”

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