Summer 2020 has been called ‘The Summer of the RV’—and for good reason. Consumers are truly embracing the value of a home-away-from-home that provides the benefits of travel with the security of social distancing. As a result, many dealers are seeing astronomical sales.
Tom’s Camperland, one of the largest truck camper dealerships in America, has reported record sales since April.
“Sales have been fantastic,” explained Brad Leach, CEO of Tom’s Camperland. “April, May, and June were company records, the best we’ve had in 43 years. It’s been talked about a lot. People aren’t taking airplanes, taking cruises, or traveling to Europe, people are looking for other ways to vacation. There’s no better way to do that safely than in a truck camper.”
In business since 1977, Tom’s Camperland sells new and used campers by some of the largest names in the industry, including Lance, Eagle Cap, nuCamp, Palomino, Arctic Fox and Northern Lite. The dealership has locations in Mesa, Surprise, and Avondale, Arizona.
Another busy RV Dealer that is helping lots of folks purchase an RV this year is TerryTown RV Superstore. With over 500 RVs going to new owners in the month of June, the Grand Rapids, MI company set their all-time sales record. The dealership was founded in 1973 and with core products from Jayco, Forest River, and Keystone. It has grown to become one of the predominant dealers in the state.
“We have been busier than I have ever experienced,” said Matt Kortman, inventory manager for the firm. “I think we are playing catch-up from the slow month prior, during the shutdown of the state of Michigan. During that period we were only able to do very limited online sales. But beyond that pent-up demand, there are a number of new buyers coming into the market that want to take advantage of the benefits of the RV lifestyle under this new vacation normal that we live in.”
Robert Zagami, executive director of the New England RV Dealers Association—which represents about 35 dealers in the region— said they are experiencing similar high demand.
“Sales are off the charts,” Zagami said. “No one forecasted it; no one predicted it.”
RV Industry Association president Craig Kirby also noted that the RV industry is very strong, with many RV dealers reporting record sales when the showrooms reopened.
The Summer of the RV is upon us. Which RVs you have narrowed your search down to? Where are you looking forward to camping in your new RV? Happy trekking!
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