Local RV dealer seeing impact of supply, labor shortages

RV travel boom having both positive and negative impacts on local dealer


WEST SALEM, Wis. (WKBT) – RV travel is seeing a national boom since the first summer of the pandemic when people wanted to travel while still staying distant from others.

The increase in sales has happened so quickly that local dealers are struggling to keep up with demand.

Shortages of lumber, labor, and electronics from overseas are making the building process even slower.

“It’s nice that the things are moving, but all of a sudden if you do run out, what are you going to sell? … you still need to move some product to make money and keep the doors open, so that unknown future is definitely something to be concerned about,” says Owner of Coulee Region RV Center William Schams.

He says he does have used RVs in his lot.

If you want a brand new rig, the wait could take several months to a year.

Schams also does maintenance on RVs at Coulee Region RV Center.

He says fixes are also taking longer because of a shortage of parts.