Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, business has been booming for the camping industry, resulting in local RV and trailer retailers scrambling to keep inventory in stock.
Bella Vista RV Centre general manager and co-owner Bruno Tombari Jr. serves as the president of the Ontario RV Dealers Association. He says dealers are experiencing record demand in RV sales due to restrictions on the travel industry.
“The demand and inquiries are higher than what has been experienced in previous years. Part of the restriction, however, has been inventory which has been very tight this year,” he said.
“People want to travel and there are not a lot of options.”
The trailer market is sizzling, he said. Well-equipped and nicely designed trailers are being sold at Bella Vista for anywhere from $30,000 to $41,000, Tombari Jr. says.
“Trailers, of course, always sell in the largest numbers, it’s the most affordable. We were lucky enough to make a large purchase before COVID occurred, so we had stocked up on inventory,” he explained.
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However, those looking for custom trailer orders might have to be patient, Tombari Jr. says.
“Right now, a trailer that you would normally be able to order and have go into production in four to six weeks is taking anywhere from three to four to seven months,” he said.
“The manufacturers right now have stopped taking dealer orders, they have enough orders in the production bank to go into the new year.”