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How one RV Manufacturer gets around the Sprinter shortage

| Updated Jan 7, 2021

If you've tried to buy a Class B RV on the Mercedes Benz Sprinter chassis recently, you may have realized there is currently a Sprinter shortage.

Because of the booming demand for small RVs on the popular Sprinter chassis and massive buys by Amazon, which uses them for delivery vans, most RV manufacturers simply can't get them in a timely fashion. People are even flooding the secondary market looking for any Sprinter van for sale by private owners.

The Sprinter Shortage is easing

If you're in the market for a Sprinter van near Elkhart, Indiana, you are in luck! When you visit the Elkhart, IN factory where the REV Group makes its Class B RVs and luxury day cruiser line of limo-type specialty vans, you'll find new Sprinter chassis everywhere.

The day we visited, we counted more than 60 of them. How is it that REV – which upfits Sprinters into RVs and luxury vans under a bunch of different brands (America Coach, Fleetwood IROK, Midwest Automotive Designs) – seemingly has all the Sprinter vans they need?

The Rev Group has been buying as many Sprinter chassis vans as they can find

By paying top dollar for them, aggressively calling around and scooping them up from any source they can, including competitors and even Amazon. That's how.

Here's a video tour we did in the fall of 2019 of the Elkhart factory and an interview with Ron Preston, of the REV Group's Midwest Automotive Design.

Check out this video on how they get around the Sprinter Shortage

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Mike Wendland

Published on 2021-01-07

Mike Wendland is a multiple Emmy-award-winning Journalist, Podcaster, YouTuber, and Blogger, who has traveled with his wife, Jennifer, all over North America in an RV, sharing adventures and reviewing RV, Camping, Outdoor, Travel and Tech Gear for the past 12 years. They are leading industry experts in RV living and have written 18 travel books.

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