There are now more aspiring RV owners than ever before, but COVID-19 has stuck a wrench in the supply chain leaving some New Brunswick buyers with a long wait for their house on wheels and a lost potential sale for dealerships.
Steve Drisdelle, the sales manager at Fredericton RV World, said there’s no question the demand for RVs and trailers has increased since last year, as New Brunswickers look for a fun solution to having to stay close to home.
But, while the demand has stayed high throughout fall, winter and into the spring, manufacturers are still playing catch up from months of forced lockdown.
Drisdelle said the dealership gets its supply from manufacturers in Indiana, which are now pretty well back to full operations.
Suppliers of small components that are needed to finish the RVs and trailers, like air conditioners and refrigerators, are now the issue.