CHICO, Calif. – Economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic are hitting different industries in various ways.
While some are seeing downturns in business; others are reporting an increase.
Recreational Vehicles appear to fall into that category.
RV industry execs are reporting many around the country are turning to vacations on wheels.
That trend seems to holds true for at least one local Chico-based RV dealer as well.
Action News Now Morning Anchor Julia Yarbough visited and spoke with the owners of Mike Friend’s RV’s.
The owners say over the past several weeks, they have been seeing an increase in business. Many prospective buyers are ‘first-timers’ and those with families.
“We’re seeing a lot of people asking about bunk-beds,” says owner Sharon Friend.
She says the RV option allows people to have their own food, sleeping quarters and plenty of space to practice social distancing.
Friend says the industry currently is experiencing a classic case of supply and demand. She says due to coronavirus ‘stay-at-home’ orders much of the manufacturing was put on hold. But at the same time customers, tired of being cooped-up, began shopping for an alternate way to travel and vacation.
“A lot of people wanted to travel for a long time now and once they have a trailer, they can go to parks or not to parks, they can go to mountains and even different states,” says Friend. “Once all these parks get back open, they’ll be full.”
Friend says she is happy to see the trend; not only for increased business but also because she believes it indicates more people want to enjoy vacationing in the outdoors.
Incidentally, Yarbough asked Friend if there is a favorite food item she includes on camping excursions. She said when RV’ing with family, homemade vanilla ice-cream is a must.