WEST FARGO — As some campgrounds across the nation have opened in time for Memorial Day weekend, it has led to a jump in recreational vehicle sales.
According to the rental site RVShare, RV rentals have gone up over 600%, which has also impacted shops like Outlet Recreation in West Fargo.
In the last two weeks, the store has sold more than 100 RVs and campers, which store owner Mike Larson said is the biggest two-week stretch of business he's ever had since opening the shop 13 years ago.
"I think a lot of people are looking at it and saying 'With all the things you can't do, these are some things I can do,'" he said. "'I can go out, I can R-V, I can boat, I'm in my own little safety pod of security.'"
Larson said even though all campgrounds aren't open right now — including Minnesota's, which open on June 1, — a majority of customers he sees are just looking to get out of their houses in some way.
"I look at it as we're helping people maintain their sanity," he said. "We've been cooped up for a long time, and this is a way they can get out and do something."
Out of the 100 sales in those two weeks, Larson said a majority of those were first-time buyers, and only three of them were trade-ins.