NewsPublic Affairs / May 28, 2020

Road Tripping In A Pandemic: RV Dealer Reports Big Sales Increase

Provided by Mount Comfort RV

Provided by Mount Comfort RV

The owner of a Central Indiana RV dealership says the coronavirus pandemic is driving up his sales.

Ken Eckstein, owner of Mount Comfort RV in Greenfield, says his sales were 50 percent higher for May 2020 than they were for May 2019.

“Now that the parks are open and the state lines are open, people want to get out and move about and air travel and cruising just doesn’t look as good as it used to,” Eckstein says.

Eckstein says even though his showroom was closed during Gov. Eric Holcomb's stay-at-home order, he was still selling RVs over the internet and by appointment.

Eckstein says his rentals were nonexistent during the shutdown, and are now slowly creeping back up. He attributes that in part to the cancellation of the Kentucky Derby and postponement of the Indy 500.

“I think people want to get out, they want to do things, they want to spend time with their family, and RV-ing is a great opportunity for them to do that, and still be able to social distance,” Eckstein says.

He predicts a busy summer as many people want to get outside more, after being stuck inside during the pandemic.

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