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RVs in Northern Ontario in High Demand Despite Supply Shortage, Rising Costs

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The RV industry has been experiencing an inventory shortage for two years, along with inflated costs for those in stock, as well as rising gas prices.

Yet, an RV dealer in Timmins (Ontario, Canada) said that this hadn’t hindered people from looking to camp out in comfort as the summer season kicks off.

Richard Tache, who owns several RV dealerships in the region, said that demand hadn’t changed much from the pre-pandemic levels.

“Definitely, people want to get out, definitely have some relaxation,” Tache said.

“We’re starting to value our time. We work hard, but we also want to play hard. So, it’s a good opportunity with the camping lifestyle.”

He noted that the cost of buying an RV has gone up by about 20% over last year, rising every three to six months.

The Canadian RV Association said 2022 started with a backlog of orders, but more supply is rolling into the country in the past few months.

“So far, as of March 31st, wholesale shipments to Canada are up almost 30 percent,” said the association’s president, Shane Devenish.

“We still think people are going to continue to enjoy RVing across Canada, especially up north.”

Devenish said most campers would most likely stay with their camping plans, camp closer to home, or plan longer trips to fewer destinations.

With industry organizations celebrating RV and Camping Week, he said RVing can be cheaper and less stressful than traveling abroad for a trip.

“You get into your RV, and you drive as soon as you’re ready to go. It’s your home away from home,” Devenish said.

“It’s a lot more convenient taking your home with you than having to worry about getting through the airport.”

This story originally appeared on CTV News

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