PERRY TWP., Pa. - Families are taking titans of travel and making them king of the road.
Travelers, vacationers and wanderers everywhere are trading in their Boeing 737 seats for the comfy couches and flat-screen TVs inside RVs, fifth-wheelers and travel trailers.
"That tells me they're not going to Disneyland," said Tom Schaeffer, owner of Tom Schaeffer's RV Superstore in Perry Township.
Schaeffer said he's having a record sales year, made up of a lot of first-time buyers and families.
"These new buyers have never had one, and they just want to get out," said Schaeffer.
So, what's steering these families toward owning an RV? Schaeffer said with more people conscious of the virus -and having their overseas vacation plans canned - they learned they can travel on their own.
"The biggest thing that I hear is they're sleeping in your own bed, not one that 500 people slept in before you," he said.
Sure, they're selling a record number of units, but Schaeffer said his dealership could run out of inventory on some of its most popular models as early as next month. That, along with lengthy pre-delivery inspections before every sale, at times it stretches them thin.
"It gets to be a chore, let me tell you, when you're hit with so many orders," said Schaeffer.
Just like having a bad day on vacation, it's a good problem to have.