Heres how my shop is effected, and I'll bet the RV dealers are similar.
When fuel prices go up, just about EVERY SINGLE one of my plant's costs go up. ALL carriers bringing material into my shop have a fuel-surcharge on their invoices to me. All suppliers have bumped their price of goods. My costs of transporting my goods (I have 12 trucks on the roads 10 hours a day) have shot up. Employees are feeling the pain and need to get at least a cost of living compensation.
And i have found that most of my clients who understand that transportation of goods plays a role at least somewhere in my cycle of production, have understood that the integral costs are rising not decreasing. The cost of goods sold have increased for ANY heavy production.
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The COGS is increasing, but i hope that more people will decide to tour their area in an RV, instead of flittering around the world or something like that. I hope the RV industry gets a little more efficient, a lot more quality orrientated, and hangs in there.
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