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Thermoguy

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Demand is down when campgrounds have availability on a weekend or holiday. Until then, the rest is just overstock. People buy because its the cool thing to do but then don't use it, or use it once a year for a while. Increased gas prices have people staying closer to home, not staying home. If people stop driving then the price would go down, supply and demand, people are driving for no reason, therefore the prices stay high....

At a recent RV dealer, lots of units on the lot - lots had sold signs on them. Could be they bought them last year and are just getting them? Not sure.

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A friend of mine is an RV transporter, mostly Class A's. He told me he's up to his neck in work, and his boss is paying current drivers a recruiting bonus for bringing in new drivers that also get a signing bonus after 90 days.


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A friend of mine is an RV transporter, mostly Class A's. He told me he's up to his neck in work, and his boss is paying current drivers a recruiting bonus for bringing in new drivers that also get a signing bonus after 90 days.


Are you inferring that is due to increased sales of RV's? There is a labor shortage due to a host of reasons in the US with the main one being paying people to not work. Transporting RVs has never been a lucrative deal, the drivers are the low man on the totem pole and the RV Industry has not had enough transport drivers forever. The job sucks. 7-11 is paying bonuses for employees too, but it's not due to selling more Slurpees.

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Dutch_12078 wrote:

A friend of mine is an RV transporter, mostly Class A's. He told me he's up to his neck in work, and his boss is paying current drivers a recruiting bonus for bringing in new drivers that also get a signing bonus after 90 days.


Are you inferring that is due to increased sales of RV's? There is a labor shortage due to a host of reasons in the US with the main one being paying people to not work. Transporting RVs has never been a lucrative deal, the drivers are the low man on the totem pole and the RV Industry has not had enough transport drivers forever. The job sucks. 7-11 is paying bonuses for employees too, but it's not due to selling more Slurpees.


Who's paying people not to work? I haven't received any stimulus money since 2020. That moneys long gone. Unemployment levels are at historic lows. Employers can't get help because there's not enough workers for the jobs. Last I saw there were 1.7 jobs for 1 worker. Unemployment is at 3.6%. The normal unemployment rate is 5%.
https://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf

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Thermoguy wrote:

Demand is down when campgrounds have availability on a weekend or holiday.


When in the history of camping have campgrounds not been full during holiday weekends?

It's more the shoulder periods where you will see demand reflected in campgrounds. When demand is really high, you will see full campground mid-week and spring/fall.


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PButler96 wrote:

Dutch_12078 wrote:

A friend of mine is an RV transporter, mostly Class A's. He told me he's up to his neck in work, and his boss is paying current drivers a recruiting bonus for bringing in new drivers that also get a signing bonus after 90 days.


Are you inferring that is due to increased sales of RV's? There is a labor shortage due to a host of reasons in the US with the main one being paying people to not work. Transporting RVs has never been a lucrative deal, the drivers are the low man on the totem pole and the RV Industry has not had enough transport drivers forever. The job sucks. 7-11 is paying bonuses for employees too, but it's not due to selling more Slurpees.


His employer normally has about 30 drivers on the roster, but currently has about 40 and is looking for another 10 or 15. His job is to move RV's from the manufacturers to dealers. Some are customer special orders while others are inventory replenishment. As inventories catch up to demand he expects the need to move them will start to taper off.

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Are you inferring that is due to increased sales of RV's? ...


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GoDucks you just don't understand how the system works---plenty of people getting paid to stay home.

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ferndaleflyer wrote:

GoDucks you just don't understand how the system works---plenty of people getting paid to stay home.


lol, right?

Got a whole set of family members who been doing it for years! Decades actually!

They're not rookies like alot of the Covid bums....

Although, things are starting to get stressful for my kinfolk...first, the gubmint yanked the rug out from under them when they stopped paying all the extra covid cheeze, that hurt...and now the kids are getting older and not going to be a source of additional income for their deadbeat parents anymore....lol

PS I'm serious. It's a hard life making ends meet without expending any effort to work!


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ferndaleflyer wrote:

GoDucks you just don't understand how the system works---plenty of people getting paid to stay home.


Complete nonsense and has no bearing on this topic. We're at full employment and many hourly folks still work more than one job.

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