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PHOENIX — The campground industry has embraced the use of park model RVs as cabin-or cottage-style rental accommodations.
But what will these units look like a dozen years from now? Moreover, what kinds of guest amenities will they provide? Cavco asked today.
These are questions Cavco attempts to address with its concept of a smart park model RV, which will be on display at RVX March 12 to 14 in Salt Lake City.
“Our smart park model RV is a look into the future,” said Tim Gage, Cavco’s vice president of park model RVs, cabins, and specialty products. ”Cavco’s longstanding relationship with key developers and resort and industry leaders like Kampgrounds of America played a key role in establishing what will be displayed.”
In addition to featuring a sleek design, the unit has more than a dozen voice-activated and futuristic amenities, including:
- JOSH voice-controlled artificial intelligence.
- SAVANT Platform Smart Host 2 automation software system.
- 12-inch Apple iPad central display.
- Voice-controlled lighting and window coverings by Lutron.
- Dimplex Opti-V Aquarium with three-dimensional virtual exotic fish.
- Remote or voice-controlled vertical commercial roller screens on the front porch.
- Voice-controlled 43-inch Samsung Frame Premium 4K TV with Roku Ultra.
- Sonos acoustic speakers placed professionally for optimal sound.
- Voice-controlled and award winning Haiku ceiling fans.
- Oversized smart sensor Velux skylights featuring NETATMO, clear glass and solar-activated blackout shades.
“All of this might seem a bit of a stretch of a rental unit in a campground, but the campground industry is increasingly embracing new technology because that’s what their guests demand,” Gage said.
“Most campers have a hard time parting with their electronic devices. We think in the future they’ll be increasingly enamored with voice-activated amenities in their homes and will expect to see them when they travel as well,” he added.
Five years ago, Cavco partnered with students from California PolyTechnique University’s College of Environmental Design to develop a new cabin concept for California State Parks. The 155-square-foot unit, called The Wedge, incorporates various materials, including wood, glass, concrete and aluminum and a unique roofline with a 90-degree angle for a modern look.
In 2010, Cavco installed one of the nation’s first “off-grid” park model RVs at the Herkimer Diamond KOA in Herkimer, N.Y. It proved to be so popular that the campground bought two more of the units, creating a mini “solar colony” with park model RVs powered exclusively by solar panels with backup propane generators, the company noted.
Cavco subsequently worked with the same campground to develop a park model RV “astronomy lodge,” which is equipped with star charts and astronomy education resources as well as oversize skylights for stargazing and two observation decks, including an elevated deck equipped with a telescope.
SOURCE: Cavco press release