How one RV Manufacturer gets around the Sprinter shortage

 How one RV Manufacturer gets around the Sprinter shortage

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

Mike Wendland is a veteran journalist who, with his wife, Jennifer, travels North America in a small motorhome, blogging about the people, places, joys and adventure of RV life on the road at He and Jennifer also host the weekly RV Podcast and do twice-weekly videos on the YouTube RV Lifestyle Channel. They have written 10 books on RV travel.

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