The RV industry has seen massive growth over the last couple of years. The increased demand for RVs, global supply, and worker shortages is the perfect storm to create this problem.According to the RV Industry Association, there was a year-over-year increase in manufacturing across practically every type of RV. There was an 11.3% increase in total RV shipments compared to February 2021.
The RV backlog isn’t specific to just one manufacturer; it’s across the industry. Even significant manufacturers like Thor are experiencing a significant backlog. Thor’s president and CEO, Bob Martin, said his company has been “pretty much sold out” of RVs for most of this year.
In the past, you could walk into a dealership, sign the papers on a new unit, and tow it home to use that weekend. However, the backlog is having a massive impact on consumers. Consumers often have to pay deposits and wait months for their new RV to roll off the assembly line.
It’s easy to find RVs at Lazydays, General RV, and Camping World locations. However, they’re all operating on reduced inventory.While you may get lucky and they have the exact model you’re considering, the odds aren’t in your favor. You may have to view other models or floorplans.