The COVID-19 pandemic has wrecked havoc with the US economy, but the RV industry is one segment of the economy that appears to be untouched, according to a report by TruckCamperAdventure.com. In fact, one could say that the pandemic has been a boon to the industry with RV dealerships reporting record sales nationwide. Arizona-based Tom’s Camperland is one such dealership.
“Sales have been fantastic,” explained Brad Leach, CEO of Tom’s Camperland. “April, May, and June were company records, the best we’ve had in 43 years. It’s been talked about a lot. People aren’t taking airplanes, taking cruises, or traveling to Europe, people are looking for other ways to vacation. There’s no better way to do that safely than in a truck camper.”
One of the largest if not the largest truck camper dealership in the country, Tom’s Camperland has three locations in Arizona – Mesa, Surprise, and Avondale. The dealership sells hundreds of new and used campers made by the biggest names in the industry including Lance, Palomino, Northwood Manufacturing (Arctic Fox and Wolf Creek), NuCamp Cirrus, Adventure Manufacturing (Eagle Cap, Adventurer, and Scout), Northern Lite, and Host. They also sell camper shells and truck toppers made by ARE, Leer, and Besttop. The dealership has been in business since 1977.
“I don’t know anybody who’s sold more truck campers for 40 years than us,” he said. “Stats are kind of tricky with truck campers because I can tell where we rank with travel trailers because they are registered. With truck campers you can’t really tell because they aren’t registered everywhere, but we’re usually ranked one or two with Lance, one or two with Eagle Cap, and one or two with NuCamp, so you can go off the numbers and when you sell every brand but for a couple, you can kind of figure out that we probably sell more than anybody in the country.”