We are all doing what we can to cope and to help others during this coronavirus outbreak, and the RV industry is no exception. Time and time again RV businesses across the country have served a critical role during times of disaster – and the RV industry stands ready to help again during this current coronavirus pandemic.
This national health crisis is different than anything we have seen in our lifetimes, requiring a response that is both quick and adaptable in the everchanging environment. RVs are uniquely able to meet critical needs in an expedited timeframe and RV businesses are already seeing demand for their products related to the support of mobile health care, command centers, and other logistical needs that local, state and federal government may require during this crisis.
Manufacturers of RV component parts have also heeded the call for needed medical supplies by manufacturing masks and surgical gowns. Another RV manufacturer has supplied trailers to a county government for use as mobile testing facilities for the COVID-19 affliction. In California, an executive order has authorized the purchase of over 1,300 RV trailers to provide emergency isolation for the most vulnerable. Similarly, in Texas an RV dealer has provided units to a major city. This is just the beginning of what the RV industry is prepared to do.
Equally important, RV dealers across the country have continued to perform crucial maintenance and repairs for consumers who are currently RVing, ensuring that LP/propane gas systems and electrical, plumbing, and refrigeration issues are quickly addressed, allowing RVers currently on the road to follow health guidelines and remain in their units.
The final piece to the puzzle is the RV park and campgrounds. More and more, traveling families and Americans who are in between homes commonly utilize campgrounds as their only source of temporary accommodations. During this national health crisis, RV parks and campgrounds owners are committed to providing these Americans with places to stay in their RVs.
Particularly important, members of the Traveling Nurses program often stay in campgrounds and can be deployed in hard hit areas related to the crisis. Some campgrounds are seeing an uptick in reservation requests from traveling nurses, many of whom use their RVs as their self-contained home while they are on temporary assignment at hospitals and other medical facilities across the country.
RVs are woven into the fabric of America and while the industry cannot wait to get back to the freedom of the outdoors and the enrichment that comes with living an active outdoor lifestyle, right now the industry is focused on doing our part to help our fellow Americans through the current national health crisis.