In a time when popular tourist attractions have closed and travelers fear hotels and airplanes, many have turned to RVs for their pandemic vacations. And local RV businesses are seeing demand like never before.

“I’ve been in and around this business for around 25 years, and I have never seen anything close to this,” said J.E. Cornwell, owner of KC RVS. “Even in the best of years, there was nothing like this.”

After a period of uncertainty in the spring, Olathe Ford RV Center has seen business “explode” with around an 83% increase in sales compared to last year, general manager Daryn Anderson said.

“All of a sudden, the phone started ringing and the internet got busy,” Anderson said. “The next thing we knew, the last two months have been records by huge margins.”

Anderson attributed this boost in business to people’s desire to get out of the house.

“I think people are quarantining, but they’re also tired of sitting inside their houses and not being able to go out and do things,” Anderson said. “So, they’re buying campers and maybe going to a lake or a state park or a national park. They’re far enough away from the next person, and they can still have a little bit of an adventure and be able to enjoy themselves.”

Check out the full article from The Kansas City Star here.