RV sales are surging as more and more people are downsizing their possessions, looking for adventure and adopting the van lifestyle. RV revenue has increased in every one of the last eight years, with sales rising 11.7% in the first quarter of 2016. With this growth in demand has come an explosion in innovation, as van manufacturers compete to provide the best product in this growing market. Consumers are looking for ways to live better, which means vehicle manufacturers are designing RVs that can make vanlife a possibility for everyone.
The internet has become an essential part of many people’s daily life, whether it’s keeping in touch with friends or catching up on work emails. A high court in Germany even ruled that consumers have a right to compensation if their internet connection is interrupted, showing that it is no longer just a luxury. While hotels and bars almost all come with free WiFi, road vehicles have lagged behind. For a motorhome to be truly livable, RVs must be connected to the internet.
Previously, internet had to be an extra addition that was plugged in and would vary dramatically in speed, depending on where you were travelling. Modern RVs have built in WiFi capability, meaning that travelers can be connected 24/7. Without the need to search for a campsite or public WiFi hotspot, motorhomes are becoming accessible to the average person.
Downsizing to an RV full time is a way of cutting costs and living a more eco-friendly existence. This can leave many van enthusiasts disappointed when they realise that the gas needed for fuel and energy is still causing pollution and damaging the environment. So one of the major innovations in recent years is the addition of sustainable energy.
When traveling into remote corners of the world, it may not be possible to find an energy source. With the introduction of solar panels on modern RVs, travelers can now be complete off-grid and self sufficient. The benefits of solar power make these kind of RVs attractive to many customers. You can save money with free energy and drive without the guilt of damaging the environment.
Off Roading Capability
People who own RVs often do so because they want to travel far and wide. However, with older motorhomes it can be risky to drive off the beaten track for fear of mechanical failures. This has led to a new generation of tough and rugged vehicles, such as Tiger Adventure’s Siberia and the Mitsubishi Fuso. These are designed with large wheels and a reinforced exterior body for the camper who wants to travel beyond the campsite.
We will continue to see technological advancements in the motorhome industry, as long as demand continues to rise. Older RVs lacked the required comfort and capabilities, meaning that they didn’t appeal to a wide audience. With the addition of internet access, sustainable energy and off road design features, RV manufacturers are leading innovators in the vehicle sphere.