Recap of RV Industry News This Week

Last updated on October 18th, 2021 at 05:13 pm. Originally published on September 27th, 2021
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October 18, 2021

Winnebago Industries Adding 6 New RVs to Product Line

Winnebago is offering a new fleet of vehicles that offer energy modern solutions with a wide variety of solar panel options, while also keeping their well-known comfort and space. The 6 new vehicles include:

  • The New HIKE® 100
  • The New Micro Minnie® FLX
  • The New Roam®
  • The New EKKO™
  • The New Solis® Pocket
  • The Vista® and Sunstar® 33K

Learn more.

What does this mean for the RV sharing industry?

The creation of new lineups from major RV manufacturers shows the demand for this lifestyle isn’t going anywhere. More options mean more ways to camp, and appealing to new audiences.

Jayco Offers ‘JayVoice’ System for Select Luxury Fifth-Wheels

Jayco is launching the all-new JayVoice system on select models of Jayco luxury fifth-wheels (Model Year 2022: North Point, Pinnacle and Seismic Alpha models). As the first in the industry to offer this type of voice command system, Jayco officials said they are providing a more intuitive way to interact with technology.

What does this mean for the RV sharing industry?

RVs are coming a long way from what you remember from your childhood. Manufacturers are matching the demand for modern amenities, and speaking to a whole new generation of campers.

October 11, 2021

Harvest Hosts Announces Complete Integration of Boondockers Welcome

Harvest Hosts already offers a plethora of exciting and interesting places for RV campers to stay, and now they are increasing that number with the addition of Boondockers Welcome locations.

“Harvest Hosts is a membership club for RVers offering unique overnight stays at over 5,600 locations all over North America – including more than 2,750 farms, wineries, breweries, distilleries, golf courses, museums and other scenic small businesses in addition to 2,850 Boondockers Welcome community host locations. The company’s mission is to help millions of people live happier lives through road travel, while supporting wonderful small businesses along the way. 

RVshare is excited to partner with Boondockers Welcome and offer an exclusive offer of 10% off your membership with code BWRVSHARE.

Learn more.

What does this mean for the RV sharing industry?

This is a huge win for RVers, with more places to stay across the country now accessible. 

The Outdoor Industry Association Supports Outdoors for All Act

The Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) announced its support for the “Outdoors for All Act,” which would create a dedicated source of funding for outdoor recreation opportunities in urban and low-income communities.

Learn more.

What does this mean for the RV sharing industry?

RV sharing is all about making outdoor travel more accessible, and the more people with access to outdoor recreation, the better!

​​Kampgrounds of America Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

​​Kampgrounds of America (KOA) is celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month (9/15 – 10/15) by sharing the 2021 Latinx Camping Snapshot, a highlight of the continued popularity of camping among U.S. Latinx audiences. Latinx campers represent 6.3 million camping households in the U.S., with 15% who are new to camping in 2021, based on data collected by KOA. This is a major increase compared to the 1.9 million Hispanic camping households in 2014.

Learn more.

What does this mean for the RV sharing industry?

More and more people are discovering the joys of camping, and more diversity in our outdoor spaces is a win for everyone.

Jayco’s First Type B Motorhome on Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4×4 Platform

The 4×4 Terrain combines the four-wheel-drive Sprinter chassis with Jayco’s JRide ride and handling package. The van features an ​​off-grid power system, hydronic heating system, portable induction cooktop and a 3-cubic-foot DC refrigerator, air conditioner, and an armless powered awning with an LED light strip and wind sensor.

Learn more. 

What does this mean for the RV sharing industry?

Van life is becoming a popular option for RV travelers due to its simplicity and drivability. Jayco is expanding into a very in-demand space.

October 4, 2021

Many Still Planning to Homeschool As Schools Return this Fall

According to GoRVing’s September Trends Report, over 70% of families who homeschooled during the pandemic plan to continue doing so into the 2021 school year. Black families that turned to homeschooling increased 5X in 2020. 

Learn more.

What does this mean for the RV sharing industry?

With more families homeschooling and working from home, there are more opportunities to take RV trips during the school year. As long as an RV park has WiFi, working and learning can happen anywhere.

Thor Has its Most Profitable Year in History

Thor Industries reported its most profitable year in history. Fiscal 2021 net sales totaled $12.32 billion, up 50.8% from 2020, with profits totaling $659.9 million, up 196% from 2020. Thor made a strategic play to get into the fast-growing Class B segment, and they saw immense success. Bob Martin, President and CEO of THOR Industries, also notes a record-high backlog value of $16.86 billion as of July 31, 2021.

Learn more.

What does this mean for the RV sharing industry?

RV demand isn’t going anywhere, and Thor’s backlog proves it. The only challenge is access to these much-needed RVs and having supply to match the demand.

Margaritaville Brand Growing in RV Space

The Margaritaville brand goes beyond restaurants and apparel, expanding in the RV space with upscale RV resorts. Camp Margaritaville opened in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and Lake Lanier, Georgia, and is planning for additional resorts, including a rebranding of the Cabana Club in Auburndale, Florida, to Camp Margaritaville RV Resort and Cabana Cabins. Depending on the location, the lodging offerings will include luxury RV sites, cabins, lodge accommodations, treehouses, and glamping sites.

Learn more.

What does this mean for the RV sharing industry?

Brands like Margaritaville hopping on board the RV industry bandwagon proves that this industry is only going up. According to the Margaritaville press release, “the $38B RV industry  is expected to nearly double in value to $64B by 2024, as happy campers nationwide continuously look for new ways to adventure.”

The Bureau of Land Management Has Confirmed Its New Director

The U.S. Senate voted to approve the nomination of Montanan Tracy Stone-Manning to lead the Bureau of Land Management. She will oversee management of 12% of the United States’ landmass (approximately 245 million acres of federal land).

Learn more.

What does this mean for the RV sharing industry?

Camping on BLM sites is the preferred way to stay for many RVers. Staying up to date on how these lands are managed is of interest to RV and camping enthusiasts.

September 27, 2021

RV Dealers may not have more inventory until late 2022, into 2023!

According to the results of Thompson Research Group’s Q3’21 RV Dealer Survey, shortages may last longer than anticipated. Quality control, supply chain struggles, and not enough employees in manufacturing, are delaying deliveries, though there is no shortage of demand.

Learn more.

What does this mean for the RV sharing industry?

With no ending in sight when it comes to demand, this could be challenging for the supply side of the equation.

2021 Hershey RV Show a Huge Success

Clearly, the popularity of RVing is here to stay! This RV show in Hershey, PA hosted by the Pennsylvania Recreation Vehicle and Camping Association (PRVCA) was the second best in its history, with 61,000 people in attendance.

Learn more.

What does this mean for the RV sharing industry?

Consumers want to see and buy RVs, and this form of travel is becoming more mainstream.

KOA Reports a High Interest in Camping Even Amid Covid Concerns

In a KOA report titled “KOA Monthly Research Report – September Edition,” it was predicted that 10.6 million households were planning to go camping in September. More households are projected to camp this year than last, and an estimated 6.2 million households will camp for the first time this year. This time of year is extremely popular for camping trips, due to mild climates and the beautiful fall foliage.

Learn more.

What does this mean for the RV sharing industry?

Camping is still seen as a safer alternative to other forms of travel, and more people are discovering its benefits.

Gasoline Prices Should Ease this Fall

This is according to Kiplinger’s latest forecast on the state of energy prices. They expect gas prices to dip back down, now that Labor Day travel is over and demand is waning.

Learn more.

What does this mean for the RV sharing industry?

If gas prices have been holding people back from taking off on a road trip, fall is a great time to hit the gas.

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