There are numerous reasons for the driver shortage that is affecting the RV industry.
The South Bend (Ind.) Tribune reported that officials from the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) estimate that an additional 2,000 drivers are needed to deliver the 25,000 to 30,000 recreational vehicles that are sitting on lots in southern Michigan and northern Indiana, mostly in Elkhart County.
The problem could cost the industry as much as $500 million in lost sales in 2014, according to one industry official.
And Doug DeMeyer, a former driver who is now an owner of a transportation company that lines up drivers to transport RVs across the United States and Canada, believes the shortage won’t be solved quickly.
DeMeyer is happy that transportation company leaders gathered for a seminar led by the RVIA last week at the RV/MH Hall of Fame.
He believes ideas to help recruit drivers and improve laws to lessen the number of deliveries that require a commercial driver’s license are all good steps.
But he also believes there are other major issues that need to be worked on.
“It’s multilayered,” DeMeyer, president and owner of MDZ Trucking in Shipshewana, said. “There’s got to be a lot of fixing and a lot of things to happen to not have a shortage in drivers.”
He believes increasing pay for drivers and better cooperation from dealerships would help gain and retain drivers.
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