RV Lifestyle Is Changing

Alan Jackson said it best in his country song “Remember When”.

Cleaning your RV will take some time. But taking care of your RV is an investment that can pay off if you choose to resell in the future. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Newmar Dutch Star Class A Diesel Pusher motorhome © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

He sings of a time when things were simple, sometimes hard, sometimes special, and how things change over time.

And this pretty much sums up recreational vehicles and the RV industry and lifestyle.
As interests and passions changed, the RV industry has kept pace. Since recreational vehicles arrived on the scene a century ago, each decade has brought innovations in construction, design, living space, comfort, and technology.

Remember back when there were only a few RV dealers or repair facilities and they were scattered. Remember when trailers had tip outs (not slide outs), when Coleman was a furnace and Mobile Temp a water heater, and the list goes on and on.

Remember when you had to use a match to light the furnace and hot water heater?

How RVs, the RV lifestyle, and the RV industry have changed!

The future is exciting, fun, and open-ended.

Although the stereotype of RVers may be retired seniors cruising around the U.S. and Canada completing their bucket list, the modern RVer is drastically different than in years past.

The baby boomers are tearing up the industry, demanding superior products and top quality RV parks with all the amenities.

Social media and easy access to the Internet has allowed RVers to share their experiences like never before.

Solar power enables RVer to camp wherever they want, for extended periods, without sacrificing anything.
Solar power enables RVer to camp wherever they want, for extended periods, without sacrificing anything.

RV park and campground directories include big rig friendly sites and show parks with instant online and Wi-Fi access. More and more RV parks are opening with clubhouses and other facilities suitable for hosting RV clubs and rallies.

RV enthusiasts are making the diesel motorhome market one of the hottest trends. Diesel chassis are being manufactured to meet the growing demand with rear engines, mid engines, independent front air bag suspension, and tag axles that accommodate the manufacturing of 43- to 45-foot diesel pushers.

While there continues to be a demand for large, luxury motorhomes, many new RVs are smaller and lighter, primarily to increase fuel efficiency but also to serve the growth of new RV markets. Recent interest from young families, 30-something singles, and single women of all ages has created a rapidly growing demand for smaller RVs. With the goal of creating a travel trailer that can be pulled by a family sedan or SUV, RV manufacturers are using light-weight composites to decrease tow weight and creative floor plans to minimize weight and size while maximizing living space and usability.

Keystone Cougar Introduces Fifth Wheel With Party Deck
Keystone Cougar Introduces Fifth Wheel With Party Deck

Innovations including slide-out rooms has advanced from one to four slides in motorized and up to five slide-outs in fifth wheel trailers. Toy haulers are available in both the towable and motorized lines.

Energy-efficient kitchen appliances have become the norm, and the industry is starting to roll out RVs with factory-installed solar panels and even wind turbines.

High-tech integration, Wi-Fi capability, BlueTooth enabled electronics, the inclusion of more full-size features, a party deck, and specialized storage space for sports gear are other new RV industry trends.

What an exciting time to be a consumer entering the RV marketplace!

You know the RV industry is having a major impact when you see auto manufacturers building vehicles that are towable four wheels down. Light duty trucks capable of pulling large fifth wheel and travel trailers filled with everything including the kitchen sink. Towing specialists are keeping pace with the industry by increasing the strength and towing capacity of its products.

Imagine dry camping and watching satellite TV in your rig, while using your laptop as you surf the Internet. Or something just as simple as sitting outside under your awning enjoying all that is great and beautiful around you.

The RV lifestyle is changing. It enables us to pack up and go where we want.

If your job allows telecommuting, you can earn money on the go. If you’re retired, what does it matter?

RVing is the freedom lifestyle that enables people of all ages, backgrounds, and skill sets to take to the open road and go on an adventure, for however long they like.

KiraVan: World's Most Elaborate All-Terrain RV (Credit: Bran Ferren)
KiraVan: World’s Most Elaborate All-Terrain RV (Credit: Bran Ferren)

Life is good and we all should enjoy it to the fullest.

The future is the brightest it has ever been for the RV enthusiast.

Happy and Save Travels.

Worth Pondering…

Remember when thirty seemed so old
Now lookn’ back it’s just a steppin’ stone
To where we are,
Where we’ve been
Said we’d do it all again
Remember when.

—Alan Jackson

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Go RVing Canada: Top 5 Trends in 2012

The past year saw growth on many levels for the RV industry.

GoRVingCanada-6a00e54f91645288340154344020f0970c-500wiThe year kicked off with outstanding RV show attendance figures and moved into the summer with a jump in RV sales.

The RV industry has seen a change in ownership trends, overall growth of the industry, a national sales rebound, increased outdoor engagement, and an evolution in the economic benefits for the RV traveler, according to a news release.

The top 5 RV trends in 2012 were:

Majority of RV owners under the age of 55

The RV industry is seeing a significant increase in young families, busy career couples, outdoor enthusiasts as well as retirees embarking on their first RV adventure.

Towable trailers most popular RVs sold in 2012

There are over one million RVs on Canada’s roads with over 14 percent of all households owning an RV. Starting at just $6,000, consumers are taking advantage of the variety of units available.

The most popular RVs sold were the towable RVs, which include the folding camping trailer and fifth wheel RV.

While other travel sectors continue to struggle and see declines, RV sales surged 13 percent this year

LogoGoRVingBy mid-summer, RV sales had increased on a national level by 13 percent compared to 2011 with Alberta seeing the largest sales increase of 42 percent. The biggest factor driving this is the affordability of the lifestyle as RV purchase prices are at historic lows.

A number of other factors include intense competition in the industry, increased consumer awareness, and a strong Canadian dollar.

More Canadians are spending time outdoors

90 percent of RV owners say RVing is the best way to see the country. Many campground operators have begun the process of upgrading their sites to accommodate the increase of RV travelers to their campgrounds.

The Alberta government announced mid-summer that they were investing $24 million this year into modernizing several of its campgrounds, as they noted the increase in number of people using RVs versus tents.

Raw cost savings

In February, Go RVing Canada released results of a cost comparison study conducted by PKF consulting that proved RV vacations can be up to 78 percent less expensive than all other forms of travel. This statistic has increased by 3 percent since the last study, conducted in 2009.

The associated savings come from a variety of factors including the flexibility of cooking in your RV, as well as the low cost of accommodation.

“RVers share a great passion for the lifestyle and it’s easy to recognize the many benefits associated with it,” said Go RVing Executive Director, Chris Mahony.

“What the 2012 RV trends show is that RVing clearly remains a popular vacation choice, especially for those who are looking for an affordable vacation that offers freedom, flexibility, and fun.”

RV Stats

  • There are over 1 million RVs on the road in Canada
  • Starting at $6,000, there is an RV for every budget
  • The Canadian RV industry is valued at over $3 billion
  • 90 percent of owners say that their number one priority is seeing the country
  • Studies show that it is up to 78 percent cheaper to vacation with an RV versus a regular vacation
  • Many RVs can be used throughout the year
  • 90 percent of owners say that it is the best way to travel with kids
  • 40 percent of RV families have children

 Details

Go RVing Canada

GoRVing.heading.croppedThe Go RVing Canada coalition was formed in 1997, and consists of RV manufacturers, RV dealers, and campground operators.  The coalition serves as the Canadian RV camping industry ambassador to provide the public and media with information about the benefits of RV travel.

The coalition also seeks to enhance consumer information and satisfaction with the RV experience.

Address: 2175 Sheppard Avenue East, Suite 310, Toronto, Ontario M2J 1W8

Website: gorving.ca

Worth Pondering…

Let’s Go RVing! If not now, when?

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