‘Major Issues’ At Play in RV Transport Shortage

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April 21, 2014 by   3 Comments

There are numerous reasons for the driver shortage that is affecting the RV industry.

The South Bend (Ind.) Tribune reported that officials from the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) estimate that an additional 2,000 drivers are needed to deliver the 25,000 to 30,000 recreational vehicles that are sitting on lots in southern Michigan and northern Indiana, mostly in Elkhart County.

The problem could cost the industry as much as $500 million in lost sales in 2014, according to one industry official.

And Doug DeMeyer, a former driver who is now an owner of a transportation company that lines up drivers to transport RVs across the United States and Canada, believes the shortage won’t be solved quickly.

DeMeyer is happy that transportation company leaders gathered for a seminar led by the RVIA last week at the RV/MH Hall of Fame.

He believes ideas to help recruit drivers and improve laws to lessen the number of deliveries that require a commercial driver’s license are all good steps.

But he also believes there are other major issues that need to be worked on.

“It’s multilayered,” DeMeyer, president and owner of MDZ Trucking in Shipshewana, said. “There’s got to be a lot of fixing and a lot of things to happen to not have a shortage in drivers.”

He believes increasing pay for drivers and better cooperation from dealerships would help gain and retain drivers.

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3 Responses to “‘Major Issues’ At Play in RV Transport Shortage”

  1. Greg on April 21st, 2014 2:14 pm

    He hit two of the most important facts concerning the shortage of drivers.

  2. Ed on April 21st, 2014 4:57 pm

    The RVIA Conference missed the boat by a mile. All the jawboning that was done by the various speakers NEVER hit the main reason there is a shortage of drivers. And it is so OBVIOUS but if the “Ostrich Approach” (lets bury our heads in the sand and we won’t see it) continues, nothing will fix the problem. So, what is the problem.

    Simple: LACK OF ADEQUATE COMPENSATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    tt doesn’t get any plainer than that. On the current compensation scale, a driver CANNOT afford to take on a truck payment for a newer used truck, pay the high cost of diesel fuel, add DEF (Diesel Exhaust Fluid) as required by new trucks, set aside an amount for capital investment (truck replacement down the road), set aside money to pay for maintenance (especially high ticket items) pay the tolls, buy a decent meal, stay in a low price motel, launder clothes, and not be compensated for dead head miles, There is absolutely NO financial model that will render a positive outcome.

    Why would any sane Veteran, leave the service and go into debt to deliver RVs and go further into debt. The people in the RV industry need to realize that you can BS the superiors and the public fairly easy; you might get over on your peers; but you will NEVER and I repeat NEVER fool the troops in the trench. The GI’s leaving the service know the deal.

    The five most common words I hear to describe the delivery of RV’s are: “That is a losing proposition>”

    The answer is very colorful: Drivers NEED more dirty GREEN paper with dead Presidents on it. THAT is the answer.


  3. bob aikman on April 22nd, 2014 4:20 pm

    It is time for the manufactures to step up and help share the cost of rvs being deliverd they brag about there profits every year now let them put up