'Sandy' Victims Buying RVs for Homes
Hundreds of campers, trailers, and just about any type of mobile living unit you could imagine packed the Atlantic City Convention Center over President's Day weekend for the Progressive Insurance 18th Annual Atlantic City RV Show, NBC News 40, Atlantic City, N.J., reported.
Allen Fennimore, a tech at Stone's Camping World, said, "Well I've been in four shows in the last couple of years and this is our best yet. We sold more trailers than we really expected."
And this market is gaining momentum – with over 200 recreational vehicles on display, shoppers had an enormous selection to choose from. Little Egg Harbor resident, George Tidman, said, "They just have such a broad selection of them. It's really tough to pick one as being, you know, the best."
Susan Maxeine added, "We were impressed actually. There are many campers at many levels and you can do a family outing and you can do this for permanent living or weekends. So it's a really interesting – a lot of options."
Officials from the RV show said they saw a record number of sales this year. They said they also had a large number of people asking to buy or rent an RV because they were displaced from their home after Hurricane Sandy.
Marybeth Tedesco, a show manager from GS Media and Events, said, "I do know there have been some RV dealers that have had people from Sandy buy RVs because their homes are gone."
Fennimore said, "One particular person came in and he lost the bottom of his house, and he lost his trailer, and he did purchase a trailer from us."
One shopper NBC40 spoke with said these RVs would be a nice option for someone that may still be struggling to get back on their feet. Maxein explained, "FEMA seems to be giving people certain amounts of money if you can't get back into your home. It might be better than going to a hotel every two weeks where you don't know where you're going to be living. So for some people who can't get back into their homes…it is an option."
Whether casually browsing, or looking to replace their home, the RV show in Atlantic City was in full force this year.
"I hope we did help some people from Hurricane Sandy," said Fennimore.