N.J. Dealers Stay Open, Cope With Power Loss
Several RV dealerships in New Jersey are open today (Oct. 31) after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the Northeast. But life, of course, is far from normal.
”We don’t have power,” said Ed Guest, sales and service manager for Ocean View Trailer Sales. ”We are running off a couple of generators.”
Nonetheless, Guest reported, Ocean View has seen a couple of customers. ”One guy came in and bought some antifreeze and there’s another guy looking around,” he said. ”I don’t see us doing much business right now with everything that’s going on.”
The dealership, located three miles off the Atlantic Ocean in Ocean View, suffered only minor damage. ”We had a couple of trees go down and some branches,” Guest said. ”That’s it. We just had rain and winds.”
Guest reported that damage west of the Garden State Parkway wasn’t nearly as severe as it was on New Jersey’s barrier islands and the Jersey Shore. ”People are open and just cleaning up,” he said.
At 84 RV Rentals & Service in Sussex, owner Barry Raye said he was glad to have had the foresight to arrange for the store’s telephone service to be transferred to his smartphone before the storm struck.
”All is well,” he said. ”We have no power or Internet, but with the use of a smartphone and some creativity, we are all set. All our phones are coming into one line on my smartphone.”
84 Rentals, located 75 miles north of New York City, rents Class A and C motorhomes and travel trailers. Raye said he’s renting RVs as temporary housing and for use by television news crews that have come into the area to report on the destruction.
”We had minimal damage to out property,” he said. ”We lined up our units to keep the wind from damaging them.”
While there’s no way to say with any certainty what other dealers might have been affected, Phil Ingrassia, president of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA), said there weren’t a lot of dealers in the direct path of the storm.
In addition to Ocean View Trailer Sales and 84 RV Rentals, White Horse Leisure in Williamstown also was open for business today, according to Ingrassia, who is seeking information about dealerships impacted by the storm. Ingrassia reported that John DiCerbo, general manager at Dylan’s RV in Sewell, is also up and running.
Anyone with information can contact RVDA at email@example.com or (703) 591-7130.
In other hurricane-related news, RVDA said an RV Learning Center marketing webinar hosted by Evanne Schmarder scheduled for this afternoon has been postponed until Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. Eastern. Hurricane Sandy has created an unreliable webinar platform, RVDA said.