The coronavirus pandemic has brought about changes of all kinds in the way we live our lives. This includes vacations.
A lot of people don’t want to take the plane, train or bus. This may be the reason for the surge in sales of recreational vehicles and boats.
RV, peak boat sales amid pandemic
Hear this story from John Carroll.
The vice-president and general manager of RV Solutions in Kearny Mesa, Matt Leffingwell, has been in the RV business for 25 years. He said he had never seen anything like it.
“We literally waited up to six people today, a Friday. On the weekends it can get pretty hectic, ”said Leffingwell.
This scenario is playing out at RV dealers across the country. Sales were already doing well. The figures of the RV Industry Association show a jump of almost 11% from June of last year. But they’ve really taken off since the pandemic hit.
“It’s not just vacation, it’s even travel. (People will) come back and stay in New York for a month to visit their families. They don’t want to fly. And how do you do otherwise? said Leffingwell.
He said another indication that the pandemic is driving the sales surge is the fact that they are seeing a lot of first-time buyers. But whether they are former players or newbies, Leffingwell said the numbers were off the charts.
“Probably somewhere around 100, maybe 125%. Our inventory level is currently around just under half of what we would normally see, ”he said.
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It’s the same situation on the water on Harbor Island. The nautical business is booming.
“On May 1, the second they opened this bay, it was just phones ringing off the hook,” said Tom Bossenger, director of sales and marketing for California Yacht Sales. He said sales were riding a wave of demand.
“It must be 200, maybe 300%. It’s important, ”Bossenger said.
“Right now it doesn’t matter if it’s a $ 20,000 boat or a $ 200,000 boat. The second it hits the market, we only have five, six people calling on the first day it hits the market, ”Bossenger said.
Whether it’s the big blue sea or the open road, getting away from it all in the COVID 19 era has meant a boon to the people selling you what you need to make it happen.
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