Recreational vehicles are giving Oklahomans a way to travel while still practicing social distancing.
Coulston Pinchback, general manager of RV Connection in Lawton and Vice President of the Oklahoma Recreational Vehicle Association, says his dealership has had about a 30 percent increase in sales during the COVID-19 pandemic. The dealer used to sell about 30 RVs per month, but it’s now about 45.
"The one thing that we’ve seen, which it's not just us - it's nationwide, but there’s a lot more first time buyers than there usually is," Pinchback said. "It's our belief that the reason is because people are going to travel, people are more motivated to do it with an RV versus flying to a destination."
Lewis RV Center in Oklahoma City has had a similar experience. A sales manager there says the dealer had its largest month of sales ever in May. Overall, sales have risen about 40 percent since the end of March. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the dealer was selling about 30 RVs per month, but it's since increased to about 50 to 60 per month.