DECEMBER 16, 2016
Outdoor recreation is booming these days, and RV camping is a big part of it. In fact, RVing hasn’t been this popular since before the recession in the early 2000s. People of all backgrounds and ages are getting away to the outdoors, and the coming year is poised to be the Year of RV Camping.
Want a peek into the year ahead for the camping lifestyle? Here are the RV trends to watch for in 2017.
RV Enthusiasts RVing is no longer just for retired snowbirds. More and more adults in their 20s and 30s are discovering the world of RV camping. And no wonder! Today it’s easier than ever to go RVing. Telecommuting to work is commonplace, gasoline and RV prices are low, simple living is a thing now, and millennials love escaping to the outdoors.
Expect to see more young people enjoying the RV lifestyle in 2017.
Emerging RV Tech It’s no secret that we Americans are in love with our digital devices, so it’s not surprising that RV tech is becoming more advanced too. Some newer RVs are coming equipped with a “smart home” system that lets you use a touchscreen to control your RV environment, like drawing the awnings and dimming the lights.
RVs and RV campgrounds are also integrating smartphone technology, so you can use GPS systems or your favorite camping apps just about anywhere. 2017 will see more campground sites that offer online booking systems, Wi-Fi, and satellite TV. So this year, you’ll be able to get away from it all while still keeping in touch.
Are you a camping gear geek? Then keep your eyes open for the drones. Gear Junkie predicts that one of the outdoor trends for 2017 is taking your drone camping to follow and film your activities. Mountable digital cameras like GoPro and Nikon’s Key Mission 360 will find their way to more camping adventures this year as well.
It might not be a surprise to learn that hammocks are still trending up. 2017 will bring more hammock upgrades, like inflatable hammocks and superlight hammocks.
Outdoor footwear is a big deal now, too—especially for hiking. Look for lowcut, lightweight trail boots that are designed for all day-comfort.
Destinations In 2016, the National Park Service celebrated its 100th anniversary, and outdoor enthusiasts around the nation came out like never before to enjoy the parks. In fact, the national parks have never been more popular. Expect more of the same this year.
But the NPS isn’t the only set of parks that are popular with RV owners. The KOA system is seeing a resurgence as well. With double-digit increases in occupancy rates over the last few years, more RV owners are discovering how great it can be to stay at the KOA.
RV Models and Designs RV sales have been climbing over the past few years, and the trend isn’t slowing down. And as the motorhome industry has become more popular, RV designs have become more interesting—and this year is no exception. Here’s what you can find in 2017:
RVs are becoming more aerodynamic and they’re using lighter materials. So not only will they look sleeker, they’ll be more fuel-efficient too.
RVs, and especially tow vehicles, are becoming smaller. Teardrop trailers are more popular than ever—and they’re also being designed more innovatively. Check out Airstream’s Basecamp!
Your camping experience will be more comfortable. Manufacturers are producing some of the most enjoyable living spaces ever in 2017—both living and sleeping spaces will be more luxurious.
This year is the year of the RV. With more and more people hitting the road in motorhomes and discovering outdoor living away from suburbia, RV trends in 2017 are more exciting than ever.
This is the year to take advantage of the latest RV trends—see what’s on our lot right now, or discover your roadmap to the RV dream life.