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What happens when you have ten hungry teenagers and only eight slices of pizza? A demand for more pizza, of course! The law of supply and demand can be found in any basic Economics lesson. The recent RV shortage is similar to the pizza scenario but, as with most economic situations, there are many more factors that come into play than hungry teenagers and pizza.

Supply Chain Disruptions

Although roughly 80 percent of RVs are manufactured in Elkhart County, Indiana, not all of the parts that make up an RV are made there. RVs, like automobiles, boats, and a myriad of other finished products, are made up of a lot of different parts which are supplied from separate manufacturers. A delay in just one part can mean production for an entire RV line comes to a halt. (Think about the delay in pizza production if there’s no cheese!)

Many parts are being manufactured in lower quantities – or not at all – due to COVID or other issues. When a part is delayed it means an RV is kept from being completed and being approved for sale. Each component for production of an RV is important for the quality of the finished product. When even one of the components is unavailable, the RV remains incomplete. From air conditioners to toilets, the lack of parts available results in RV shortages.

Reduction in Transportation Availability

Even though the majority of RVs are made here in the United States, there are parts manufactured in other countries. The COVID situation has resulted in fewer transportation vessels. International shippers are highly cautious. So even when parts are completed there could be shipping delays.

With lower manufacturing rates and delayed shipping, the supply of parts and components to build RVs results in RV shortages.

High Demand

The other half of the equation is, of course, demand. Demand has increased and RVs are generally gaining popularity, partly due to COVID. Not only have high-risk workers in the healthcare and other professions used RVs as a satellite home to avoid exposing their families to the virus; but according to a recent report on WXYZ-TV 7, “Now infectious disease specialists do say RV traveling is one of the safest ways to go.”

RV travel is an activity where families can go places together with their own things (bed, bathroom, kitchen, etc.) and not have to wonder about who else may have slept there, sat there, or touched the TV remote. It’s a great way to get a change of view with a little peace of mind.

Increased RV travel demands, coupled with limited supply, means RV shortages. It’s a simple formula. So what’s a person to do?

Shopping for an RV? Here Are Some Tips

Know What You Want

The reality is RV shortages and a limited RV supply, but that doesn’t mean shopping for an RV is impossible. Being prepared amid RV shortages means it’s important to be ready to buy. Know what you want! Do you want a bunkhouse, toy hauler, fifth wheel, and how many does it need to sleep? Do you already have a tow vehicle and what is your towing capacity? When you know what you are looking for and you find an RV that fits your criteria, don’t hesitate.  

Used RVs Are Harder to Find

Since the supply of new RVs is lower, you may think it’s a good time to turn to a used model. If you don’t need the most recent features available in the current year’s model, they are just as good as new models, especially when you purchase from a reputable dealer.

Unfortunately, the used market is just as challenging to find RVs in right now! So don’t be surprised if you’re left searching high and low when shopping used too!

Stay Vigilant

The RV Wholesale Superstore website is updated with new stock when it’s available, so keep an eye on our site! You can also reach out to us for updates and find out if the model you’re looking for is available or may be available soon!

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The professionals at RV Wholesale Superstore are ready to help you find the perfect RV for you and your family. Visit us in-person at 5080 W. Alexis Road, in Sylvania, OH or call us at (866) 640-9871 

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The Coachmen 2021 Catalina RV models are bursting with new features. With 2021 gearing up to be a record-breaking year for RV production, there’s sure to be a 2021 Catalina RV model that will keep you comfortable no matter where you travel this year!

Flip Down Cargo Rack

Outdoor cargo storage is now standard on Coachmen 2021 Catalina RVs. The flip down tailgate cargo rack includes a spare tire and can hold an additional 150 lbs (up to 200 pounds total capacity) giving you plenty of additional outdoor storage. This heavy duty 70” x 19” storage rack flips up and locks in the upright position when not in use. So whether you choose the Legacy Edition, the Summit Series 8 or the Expedition, these Coachmen travel trailers will provide that addition outdoor storage that gives you plenty more outside storage for your travel needs.

Power Awning with LED Lighting

The Scissor-Arm technology on the power awning of the Coachmen 2021 Catalina RV increases stability and rigidity for maximum strength and durability. This no-hassle power awning features a multi-color LED light strip with remote that allows you to choose between 15 different color choices! That will keep the kids (or the kid in you) busy choosing the nightly color scheme!

There are six different pitches adjustments you can choose from, and with Memory Pitch, your awning will return to your desired pitch each time without the need to re-adjust.

All-in-One Entertainment TV & Speakers

The 2021 Catalina RVs make it easy to relax with the all-in-one entertainment TV. It’s mounted on a telescoping swing arm bracket so you can position it for optimal viewing from any angle. There’s Bluetooth audio streaming and an FM tuner with 10 presets. Front and rear USB and HDMI for ease of hook up no matter which direction the TV is facing.

It comes with a full-function remote control but also has TV control buttons on the front – just in case the remote gets misplaced! The 2-zone audio has independent volume and source control to fully adjust the sound where you need it.

Summit Series Entertainment Equipment

The standard interior entertainment equipment is a bit different for the Summit Series 8 and Summit Series 7 of the 2021 Catalina RV models. The telescoping swing arm is designed to attach to multiple TV mounting configurations and the entertainment center is pre-wired with a signal booster for Cable and Satellite. The HDMI connection is also pre-wired to the stereo.

There are two 110 plugs for TV power and an additional device. In front you’ll find an HDMI port and Aux In port as well as a USB with device charging capabilities. There is a rear HDMI output to the TV. There is also rear optical and analog input. Two 20W low-distortion speakers are mounted in the ceiling. They are moisture resistant and provide multi-zone audio distribution. All this equipment may warrant a little extra electrical protection.

10 Cubic Ft. Refrigerator

This refrigerator has plenty of room for all your food and refreshments. Adjustable glass shelves, energy efficient LED lighting, and a clear crisper drawer to keep your fruits and veggies fresh are just a few of the features you’ll find in the 10 cubic foot refrigerator in the 2021 Catalina RV. The freezer is large enough to accommodate a bag of ice and has a shelf to help keep food organized. The 12V refrigerator is engineered for the boat and RV industries and comes standard on the Legacy Edition, Summit Series 7 & 8 as well as the Trailblazer models. The 2021 Catalina RV also offers A 7 cubic foot gas/electric refrigerator as an option. With all this room, you can keep food and snacks organized and away from unwanted pests.

Suite of Functionality Features

The 2021 Catalina RV has a host of features that improve the functionality of your new RV. Each feature is beneficial, and together their performance will enhance your camping experience.

Living Room Fan

When it comes to comfort and convenience, look up. Up at the living room fan, that is.  The 2021 Catalina RV provides great ventilation and a natural skylight in the living room fan. You’ll have plenty of additional daylight to brighten your RV during the day and the fan will help circulate the air to keep you comfortable day and night.

Easy-Step Shower

Whether you’re 80, have an infant, or are somewhere in-between, the easy-step shower in the 2021 Catalina RV models makes bathing easy. It has a low step providing easy, safe entry and exiting as well as providing a roomier shower experience. Water overflow is prevented by the raised lip – which provides a unique space that still works for baby’s bath time. No matter where your next adventure is or if your RV doubles as a guest house, showering will be a pleasant experience with the easy-step shower.  

Propane Quick Connect

For ease of outdoor grilling the 2021 Catalina RV comes standard with propane quick connect. This quick connect hose attachment runs off the standard LP gas bottles for your RV and provides the convenience you desire for grilling or cooking outside your RV. The quick connect and new pull out camping griddle are just a few of the new features on the pull out camp kitchen.

Battery Disconnect Switch

Fire and theft are two dangers every camper wants to avoid. With a battery disconnect switch, your 2021 Catalina RV will not only save on battery life, but by completely disconnecting the battery from all systems, it protects you from the dangers of theft and electrical fires. The battery disconnect switch is conveniently located on the A-Frame and is also an important safety feature when maintenance is necessary on your RV. Lastly, it preserves the battery from being drained by lights or appliances while your RV is in storage.

So, despite the pandemic, RVs are in demand. More than 8o percent of all RV production is based in the Elkhart, Indiana, region, and the Coachmen 2021 Catalina RV models are no exception. In fact, according to the Elkhart Truth, “Demand is high for RVs…2021 could break the all-time record.” Bursting with new features, there’s a 2021 Catalina RV model that will keep you comfortable no matter where 2021 takes you!

Contact RV Wholesale Superstore 

The professionals at RV Wholesale Superstore are ready to help you find the perfect RV for you and your family. Visit us in-person at 5080 W. Alexis Road, in Sylvania, OH or call us at (866) 640-9871 

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Your first RV brought you into the RV lifestyle – and you couldn’t be happier! But over time, you start to wonder what other RVs that might be out there. Is it time for an RV upgrade? It can be hard to tell, but if you’re on the fence, here are some of the most common things that may mean it’s time for an RV upgrade.

Bigger Family? Bigger RV!

The most common reason for an RV upgrade is an upgrade to your family! Whether you started out as a single camper, a pair, or with room for your first child, the addition of new members to your family can mean your old RV just doesn’t have the space you need. RVs can have sleeping capacity for a massive range – from just a few to 10 or more people!

It’s not always just about getting more space for sleeping, either. You may be able to find ways to give your growing family places to rest, but that doesn’t mean your original choice in RV still makes sense today. RV floorplans and sizes vary dramatically, and a new RV with a more open design could reduce some of the constant shoulder-to-shoulder feel of trying to move four people through an RV built for two.

On top of that, storage space is at a premium when it comes to RVs. The more people you bring along, the more you need to pack. Clothes and toys are one thing, but you’ll also have to consider the increase in food you need to keep everyone full and happy for even a short weekend trip.

Upgrading an RV for more space is easily one of the most likely reasons to sell your old RV and start fresh. It’s an investment that’s worth it, too. Those family trip experiences are things that will stay with your kids forever, and it helps keep your family close in an age where it’s easy for everyone to go to their corner of the home and plug into a phone or TV!

Shifting Camping Preferences

How long ago did you buy your RV? Was it a few years ago or a decade? The person you are today doesn’t necessarily reflect the preferences you had when you first dove headfirst into the wonderful world of RVing!

One of the biggest things that may change from when you start RVing to when you’re an experienced camper is how often you prefer to be away from the hustle and bustle that can take place at popular RV campsites. Sure, the hookups are nice and there’s always a friendly face nearby, but when you’ve seen it all, you may be comfortable going off-the-grid and enjoying some peace and quiet!

Of course, the RV you purchased a few years ago may not be the ideal dry camping RV. Maybe it lacks the battery capacity you need, or you’re looking for a newer model that’s ready for solar power.

Alternative, if you started off camping to get away from it all, but discovered a love for living on the road with your gadgets and gizmos perpetually powered, your boondock-ready RV might not have everything you wanted to enjoy your trip. If that’s the case, your shifting RV preferences may lead you to our next common RV upgrade cause…

Need More Features

RVs can accommodate all kinds of campers. From those who just need a retreat after a long day in the sun, to those who want to travel but don’t want to lose the comfort of “home” amenities. And if your RV doesn’t reflect your desires, you may not be enjoying it as much as you could!

Like cars, the more modern your RV, the more features you’re going to have access to. Newer RVs come with all sorts of things that may not have been available when you first purchased your RV. Or maybe you’re just tired of sleeping on a smaller RV bed and want a luxurious residential-style king mattress in your RV retreat.

No matter the reason, shopping for an RV upgrade can be just the thing to revitalize your love of RV travel. New spaces, new gadgets, and new features are all great reasons to find enjoyment in replacing your dated RV with a new (or new to you) RV.

Exhausting Maintenance

An RV is really a home – and every home comes with maintenance. No matter what that maintenance is, it costs time and money to stay current on. Over the years, maintenance for an RV can become more frequent, more costly and more frustrating. While this isn’t always true (and good RV maintenance can extend the lifespan of an RV by plenty of years) it’s something that some RV owners experience.

Especially if it was your first RV, you may have realized down the road that you were skipping critical parts of maintenance and now you’re paying the price. Whatever the reason is, if maintenance hassles or costs are starting to turn your dream RV into a bit of an unwanted expense, an RV upgrade could offer you a chance to start fresh.

Contact RV Wholesale Superstore 

The professionals at RV Wholesale Superstore are ready to help you find the perfect RV for you and your family. Visit us in-person at 5080 W. Alexis Road, in Sylvania, OH or call us at (866) 640-9871 

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