There are some people that say if you don’t do it with a tent, it’s not camping. And if you do it in an RV, it’s not really camping, either. It’s “glamping.”
Sure, heading out on an adventure in your RV means you get to take a lot of extra things with you – after all, it’s basically a cabin on wheels – but now, even the tent campers are starting to sit up and take notice. Thanks to new generations of RV’ers, trailers and motorhomes have been transformed.
Small is the New Big
You might be used to seeing those hulking 45-foot monster motorhomes lumbering down the highway, made even more impressive with the vehicle in tow. Those are still around, and the new models are amazing.
They’re also costly, with retail prices starting at more than the median price of a single-family home and going up to millions of dollars. Where the market is growing fastest is at the lower end. Bigger is better, but smaller is more affordable to more people – and thanks to good design – these smaller footprints are able to pack more luxuries into place. If you haven’t been to an RV dealership lately, you might be surprised at how affordable the new and smaller designs have become.
Millennials are more excited about motorhome than any other demographic. And, if you know any Millennials, you’re also aware that their idea of an RV adventure does not mean totally unplugging from their networked life. It’s why today’s campers and motorhomes have lighting, heating, and even awnings that are automated – or at least can be controlled by a mobile device.
Advances in solar and generator technology have made it possible for today’s trailer campers and motorhomes to venture to places with no electrical hookups. It’s giving people a way to quench their wanderlust, but without worrying about how to put up a tent.
No More Cookie Cutters
You can’t mistake a motorhome on the road. It’s got that distinct paintjob with the whooshes and teardrop designs. Logic tells you there’s not much originality happening inside, either. And that certainly used to be the case. Pretty much every floorplan looked the same, except for a bit of décor swap-outs.
Some of this had to do with logistics and functionality. It made sense to put the kitchen and bathroom area close to each other to share the same short spans of plumbing. Finally, though, RV manufacturers have moved away from the cookie cutter floor plans. A kitchen island in a motorhome? Yes, it can be done. Look for all kinds of new pop-out additions in the latest models.
Even small motorhomes need a place to rest safely and comfortably when they’re not taking you on an adventure. RV owners are doing away with storage fees by putting up steel storage buildings on their own property for recreational toys like RVs, boats, and ATVs. Learn more about the Miracle Truss® advantage and why it’s the best choice for this kind of storage.