A custom camper van maker says its supply is limited by Amazon buying up the same models for delivery vans

The demand for vans that can serve as RVs has increased during the pandemic. Oleh Slobodeniuk / Getty Images
The demand for vans that can also serve as RVs has skyrocketed during the pandemic.
The owner of Cascade Custom Vans told CNN that Amazon's purchase of Vans has restricted supply.
The vanlife hashtag has 4.9 billion views on TikTok and 10.6 million posts on Instagram.
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As RV demand rises during the pandemic, a business owner told CNN that Amazon's trend of buying up vans as delivery vehicles has limited the supply of RVs for RVs.
Alexa Owens, the owner of Cascade Custom Vans, told CNN that Mercedes Sprinter, Ford Transits and RAM ProMasters, used by Amazon as delivery vehicles, are also popular with people looking for bespoke vans.
Custom vans can be a relatively inexpensive way to travel to many different locations, and some have used remote working as an opportunity to jump on the popular trend during the pandemic.
With soaring demand, the van life industry has been hampered by a shortage of computer chips, port delays that have slowed the delivery of vital goods such as windows, and a shortage of vans.
The trend is also popular on social media, where the hashtag #vanlife has over 4.9 billion views on TikTok and 10.6 million posts on Instagram. Other videos that show DIY van upgrades and van conversions and what it's like to wake up in a van in scenic locations are also proliferating on platforms like TikTok.
Outside Van custom van company had a month-long waiting list for a $ 290,000 custom Mercedes-Benz Sprinter that had two showers, a lounge area, and a kitchen.
“People wanted out. They wanted to stay away from others and be safe, and we were all limited in what we could do, ”said Brian Jagodnik, Marketing and Creative Director at Outside Van. "It pushed people outside to move away from others and take the less traveled route, and so the industry just kept growing."
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