Camper shortages?

Old_Geezer

Super Active Member
Sep 29, 2009
2,760
Southwest PA
Shortages huh? Welcome to 2021. Not just campers.

Warning.................this is a rant.

Crazy times we live in suckers..............I see the entire house of cards soon to come crashing down, and none of this foolishness will matter then. Campers nor none of this will matter when you're standing in soup lines and living under a bridge in a refrigerator box LOL.

U.S. regular retail gasoline prices averaged $2.60 per gallon (gal) in 2019, August 2021? $3.17

The Granddaughter wanted a BLT, we were fresh out of bacon. At the market down the road a pound of bottom of the line crappy Oscar Mayer Bacon was on sale for $5.00 with the bonus card, $7.59 without the stupid card, and the shelves were almost bare. Groceries are up somewhere in the neighborhood of 20-25%, and if by chance something is priced the same you can bet dollars to donuts the packaging was changed and you're getting less for the same money.

Last Saturday a local channel in Pittsburgh ran some half baked story about PA instituting new Covid related mandates, an hour later the local Walmart was sold out of toilet paper and bottled water LOL.

I was at the local tire shop last week and asked for a price on Goodyear Endurance for our Roo. He can't get them, Goodyear has suspended trailer tire manufacturing due to a "rubber shortage". Tires for our 2018 Kia soul I bought for $92.00 each a year ago, the same tires today, brand/model/size are $153.00 each if you can find them in stock.

The local Ford and GMC dealers here had a total of 5 new vehicles between them on their lots the other day, 2 at the Ford dealer, 3 at the GMC dealer, none are pickups.

Bought one of these in 2018 and would like to upgrade but no way am I going to pay current prices. $399.00 in 2018
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5 minutes ago $999.00 for 3 yr old hardware/tech.

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The card I want is listed with an MSRP on the manufacturers website of $599.00. The only place they can be found is from scalpers on Ebay or Amazon at over $2000.00. Microchip shortage or bitcoin miners? I digress.

I have been into flightsimulators on the computer for over 20 years, today I received this email from a hardware manufacturer.

What a crazy year and a half it’s been…
The world has been ravaged by a global pandemic. The whole infrastructure of the manufacturing system including materials shortage and lack of shipping vessels has had a tremendous impact on product availability on everything from cars to consumer electronics. We too have been massively impacted by these issues.

I would love to be able to tell you that the end is near, but all reports point towards the end of 2022 or even early 2023 before the markets have stabilized again. It doesn’t just impact production, but also product cost and new product development. Previously we were able to make frequent trips to our engineering office in Hong Kong, but that has not been possible since spring of last year which means that all samples have to be sent to the US for evaluation and back again for modifications over and over again. This has made it extremely difficult to develop new products at a reasonable pace, more specifically the Charlie Rudder Pedals but the good news is product completion is very close.

The bad news is that the price of microchips and other components has gone up significantly. As a result of that, both the Alpha and Bravo will increase in price per September 1st to $279.99 and Charlie will launch at $299.99.

It is not a decision we made lightly, as our mission has always been to provide excellent flight sim products at an affordable price, but with a microchips price increase of about x10 of pre-pandemic and shipping up 500%, it is impossible for us to remain profitable at the current margin structure. As a small Band-Aid, we have pulled a production of both the Alpha and Bravo that will be available on www.flyhoneycomb.com at the old price today and will ship the end of next week and all current orders from official retailers will not increase in price.

Our tech support has also been impacted due to the shortage and our ability to replace broken units was at one point unacceptable. We have brought on more members to the team and have made massive improvements. For those of you who may still have any outstanding issues please reach out to us at [email protected]

I am sincerely thankful for the patience and understanding of the flight sim community, but I also think that we could have handled things better and we are in the midst of implementing a plan of better customer communication.

From this point forward we want to be as transparent as possible about what's happening with our products. We will be posting when units leave port to our distributors and expected arrival dates - unfortunately, we can not say how many units will go to each store as this is the responsibility of the distributor but we hope to show that we are building and sending units out as fast as we can. We will also provide a monthly update on the status of products in development so that you have a timeline of when new products will be available. I’m sure there are still things we can do better, and we will try to adapt to the situation as it changes rapidly. In the meantime, thank you again for your loyalty and understanding.

Everything has gone to hell in a handbasket!
Rant Over, have a nice day.
 
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BillyMc

Super Active Member
Mar 25, 2018
2,473
South Carolina
Having been in the market for a new or newer camper of a certain size and weight range through late 2020 into early 2021 I can assure anyone looking in the SE that there was an extreme shortage of anything in the range a midsize SUV or minivan could tow. The huge rolling condos were easily available and I encountered sales people willing to make a deal on them. I made the mistake of telling one what my TV was and he started showing me 7000 lbs campers held over from last year and the year before that he could make me a deal on. Sorry I'm not interest in something the weighs 6000 to 7000 pounds, regardless of how many times you say my truck can handle it. If you are looking for a camper on the lighter side don't show up in a fullsize truck and if asked say you are looking for something you can tow with a minivan with a 3500 lbs tow capacity, at least they stay close to what you are looking for. Even then some will show you campers that are right at your tow capacity when empty.
 

Grandpa Don

Super Active Member
Sep 5, 2018
1,719
Southern California
Having been in the market for a new or newer camper of a certain size and weight range through late 2020 into early 2021 I can assure anyone looking in the SE that there was an extreme shortage of anything in the range a midsize SUV or minivan could tow. The huge rolling condos were easily available and I encountered sales people willing to make a deal on them. I made the mistake of telling one what my TV was and he started showing me 7000 lbs campers held over from last year and the year before that he could make me a deal on. Sorry I'm not interest in something the weighs 6000 to 7000 pounds, regardless of how many times you say my truck can handle it. If you are looking for a camper on the lighter side don't show up in a fullsize truck and if asked say you are looking for something you can tow with a minivan with a 3500 lbs tow capacity, at least they stay close to what you are looking for. Even then some will show you campers that are right at your tow capacity when empty.
Did you find the camper you were looking for? If not, my cousin is selling his Coleman Westlake that is in perfect condition. He is in Northern California if you are interested. You are probably too far away to consider it, but just thought I mention it.
 




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