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Lane County, Ore., Sees Significant RV Sales Bump in 2020

Below is a dispatch from a county with deep roots in the RV industry.

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. — The pandemic has of course been hard on most businesses, but one Lane County industry is booming.

Lane County has long been a center for the RV industry.

“We’ve been here 50 years, and the RV industry took a real leap in this area in the ‘70s with local manufacturing – still going on today,” said Shannon Nill, the president of Guaranty RV centers.

At the start of the pandemic, local companies were uncertain.

“There were concerns, we didn’t know what travel was gonna look like,” said Steve Irvin, the COO of Marathon Coach. “We didn’t know if there’d be travel restrictions state to state.”

Turns out that travel trends in 2020 were on the industry’s side.

Thanks to the pandemic, traditional vacations like a trip to Disneyland are off the table. But now more and more people are hitting the road in vehicles like RVs and camper vans.

“You’re able to shelter in place but still be able to move around the country and see different things, and this is a great way to work remotely,” Irvin said.

Another surprising source of business? Last year’s wildfires.

Click here to read the full story from by Olivia Young and NBC16.com at 16KMTR in Eugene, Ore.

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