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What’s behind RV driver shortage?

(April 21, 2014) -- The Recreational Vehicle Industry Association estimates that an additional 2,000 drivers are needed to deliver 25,000 to 30,000 RVs sitting in lots.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Officials from the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association estimate that an additional 2,000 drivers are needed to deliver the 25,000 to 30,000 recreational vehicles that are sitting on lots in southern Michigan and northern Indiana, mostly in Elkhart County, according to South Bend Tribune.

The problem could cost the industry as much as $500 million in lost sales in 2014, according to South Bend Tribune.

Doug DeMeyer, a former driver who is now an owner of a transportation company that lines up drivers to transport RVs across the United States and Canada, believes the shortage won’t be solved quickly, South Bend Tribune reports.
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About Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith is a Wisconsin native currently living in Illinois with her husband, Eric, and two dogs, Maggie and Grace. She enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and, of course, camping in cabins and park models.

3 comments

  1. The factories and the dealers have always treated the drivers crappy. After a while people get tired of being treated badly. The man forgot to mention that if a light falls down during transit or some other result of shoddy workmanship occurs the dealer makes the driver repair it for free. These things are the result of poor quality OEM assembly, not driver damage issues. Many dealers make the driver wash the unit before they accept delivery.

    Would you like to do this job and only break even between expenses and income?

  2. The way things have picked up in the RV industry lately, I think it would be useful for manufacturers to put a few people on the payroll to deliver rv’s. You’d probably attract retirees as they are still wanting these positions and it’s likely the need for them would taper off in the shoulder season.

  3. Dealers beware!!! I also was told if I needed a retail sold unit and was In a hurry to send a driver so I did. We had a local farmer with cdl drive out to pick up a 8000lb travel trailer with a doge 1 ton diesel. Well by the time he got done being fleeced by Indiana state patrol the fine and points cost way more than a upset retail. You better send a d.o.t. certified, commercially insured, clean shaven, fire extinguisher carrying driver with gold dipped log books. Good luck

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