Construction of a new RV dealership in Quispamsis, New Brunswick, should be completed by August, according to a report in the Telegraph Journal.
Tracy Whalen, the vice president of Maritime operations for the Butler Group of Companies, which operates five Leisure Days and CRC RV Centres in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, said the company liked the property’s proximity to Highway 1.
“We’ve looked at properties in that area for the last three years,” she said. “We generally like to have our stores with easy access to the highway – especially when a lot of people are first time buyers of big trailers and their comfort level is better pulling back onto a highway than going through city streets.”
With two stores in Salisbury, the company decided it wanted to open its sixth location in the Greater Saint John area after holding several RV shows at McAllister Place, showcasing its Jayco line of trailers. Ground broke around the first of April.
“We had good feedback on the product that we sell,” Whalen said, “so we just thought it was time to expand.”
The Quispamsis store, which will be called RV Canada, will focus solely on the Jayco lineup. It will carry between 70 to 100 new pieces at any given time.
The 10,000-square-foot building will house both a showroom as well as a service area. About 12 to 15 will be hired initially, and will include sales people as well as RV technicians.
“It will be a full-stop shop,” she said. “It will be a fully equipped repair shop. We will be able to service trailers for customers, even if it’s not a Jayco.”
Whalen said RVs remain popular even as gas prices continue to rise.
“A lot of people are just deciding rather than travel they’d rather stay close to home,” she said. “We are selling a lot of trailers that they are, in fact, not towing. They are parking them seasonally at campgrounds for the summer. It’s a lot cheaper in many respects than a cottage.”
Younger families tend to buy tent trailers, she said. As the family gets bigger they tend to upgrade to bigger trailers. Empty nesters like to buy fifth wheels or motor homes.
“The age dictates often what type of trailer they are buying,” she said. “Usually campers are campers for life. Once they get the bug, they do it for their entire lives.”