By Chris Richardson
UNITED STATES — Recreational vehicles are a $16 billion dollar industry. It’s a crucial part of the overall tourism market in the USA. Currently, research shows a record number of ownership – 8.9 million households own RVs. In percentages, that’s 8.5 percent of U.S. households.
Despite the expenses and challenges it imposes, RV ownership is certainly attractive for adventurous people. It’s the most fun and most cost-effective way to explore the outdoors and become one with nature. The same research, conducted at the University of Michigan, showed that 70 percent of current RV owners have plans for an upgrade. They want something better, more modern, and more suitable for their lifestyle. They are imposing the industry trends, and the industry has to follow them.
Shall we focus on the trends a bit more? What are the biggest RV trends we have to watch out for 2018?
1. RVs Are Getting Smaller
“The bigger the better” has been a standard rule in the RV industry. Bigger RVs give more space and luxury. But are they really better? Well, smaller RVs have been getting trendy lately. Single-bed trailers, in particular, are especially practical for someone who doesn’t need much space. Remember: the outdoors is all the space you need when you head off to your new adventure.Teardrop trailers, in particular, are sleek, good-looking, and easy to maintain.
2. Aerodynamic Design
People have been asking the same question for a long time: Why isn’t there an aerodynamic RV? RVers are tired of the boxy appearance and want something that looks more modern. Sleeker design is not only prettier, but more useful, too. RV manufacturers have to meet the demands of its audience and establish a new trend: aerodynamic design. For now, we’re seeing the AeroShield Wind Deflector all over the place, but is that enough? No. RVers are seeking sleeker, aerodynamic RVs that are built of lighter materials. They want them to be fuel-efficient, and aerodynamics helps with that!
What’s the first thing you look into when searching for an RV? The floorplan, right? You don’t want the RV to be too big, but you still want it to provide everything you need. The way manufacturers play with the floorplans makes them special on the market. You’ll see kitchen islands, slide out rooms, a living room with a sofa and entertainment center instead of the usual beds, and exterior cooking utilities that leave you with more space inside.
RV owners are looking for more comfort, better materials, and higher functionality. Fortunately, they are getting that! In fact, it’s the direction that the industry tends to develop in.
Yes, you want to enjoy the nature when you start exploring your country with an RV. However, you’d also want to be in touch with the rest of the word. We’re modern people. We don’t want to live in isolation, right?
Yes; you’ll be able to unplug whenever you feel the need to. However, having LED awnings with wind sensors will certainly be an advantage. How about a fancy central control system and the ability to operate with different elements of the RV through an app? How about a satellite system that gives you non-stop access to the Internet? With that option, you can do your online banking at any time, contact your friends, or engage in blogging.
Speaking of blogging – it’s another trend that every RV owner should follow. You can share your experience and inspire other people to take that road.
Are you catching up on these trends? 2018 will certainly bring exciting things. We’re already seeing some great trends in the industry, but we just have to wait a bit to experience everything that’s coming our way. The good news is that there’s progress all the time!
BIO: Chris Richardson is a journalist, editor, and a blogger for Essay Geeks at https://www.essaygeeks.co.uk/. He loves to write, learn new things, and meet new outgoing people. Chris is also fond of traveling, sports, and playing the guitar. Meet him on Google+.