NW Iowa Joins in the RV Boom

(Image courtesy Sleepy Hollow RV Park and Campground, Oxford, Iowa(

Owners of recreational vehicle dealerships in northwest Iowa have been happy campers lately.

Southwest Wholesale RV in Sheldon experienced slow sales early on this year because of the uncertainty the coronavirus pandemic brought, but that didn’t last long.

“About mid-April things drastically changed and we have been going full steam since,” said owner Mark Ten Clay, who has overseen the recreational vehicle dealership and service center with his wife, Carisa, for 20 years.

He said interest in camping this year – as well as sales traffic and demand for camping vehicles – has been up this year, especially after Iowa campgrounds were given the all-clear to open in early May.

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“People want to get out and get away,” Ten Clay said. “Many have had to change plans this year. Camping gives people the flexibility to go where they want when they want.”

Southwest Wholesale RV, located at 90 North Runger Ave. along Highway 18, sells KZ and Venture brands of travel trailers and fifth wheels. Ten Clay said the business’ inventory is always changing but the aim is to keep a wide variety of new and used units on hand.


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