The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) kicked off the RV and camping season by announcing the top new RVs at its “Reveal” during RVX: The RV Experience last month in Salt Lake City, Utah. Television sports host Rutledge Wood revealed the top RVs in nine categories: Family-Friendly, Outdoor Adventurer, Van Life, City Escape, Destination Camping, Team Tailgate, Sustainability, Luxury Living and On the Horizon.
The best new RVs in each category were selected by a panel of consumer media and social media influencers. According to RVIA President Frank Hugelmeyer, the Reveal highlights how these new products meet the needs of these consumers just as they are planning their spring and summer vacations.
“RVX is about growing your business and our industry,” Hugelmeyer said.
According to GoRVing’s research, 40% of the entire U.S. population’s leisure preferences fit the RV lifestyle. That means 40 million consumers are potential RVers. With only 10 million current RVers, there’s a lot of potential for growth.
The Family Friendly category represents $200 billion in spending annually. For this group of RVers, taking their families with them on their road adventures is a priority. The Jayco Eagle HT 264BHOK fifth wheel took top honors in the Family-Friendly category. With sleeping quarters for 6-8 family members and abundant interior and exterior storage capacity, makes it easy to bring the whole family.
RVers in the Outdoor Adventurer category want the ability to haul all their outdoor gear to their next adventure. The SylvanSport Vast trailer is just the RV to take on their adventures. The exterior side-mounted track system allows adventurers to mount their canoe, kayaks or surfboards. Inside, there’s ample storage for bikes plus a slide out lockable storage pod. It features two queen size beds with multiple sleeping options, a full bath and shower and a slide out kitchen with a prep area, two-burner gas stove, portable refrigerator and freezer, and a sink.
Van Life RVers are seizing the ultimate freedom by choosing a minimalistic, nimble lifestyle. This category (#VanLife) has a serious following on social media with more than 4.5 million tags on Instagram last year. The ModVans CV1 Camper Van was top rated in the Van Life category. The van is easy to maneuver, park and is serviceable by any Ford Dealer in the nation since it is built from the Ford Transit cargo van. The roof pops up for an additional sleeping quarters for two with a view and it is outfitted with a stove, sink, refrigerator and a toilet and shower. It has a rooftop air conditioner and options such as solar panels and a hot water heater for additional comfort.
After a long week at the office, urban dwellers are looking to escape the city. Thirty-one percent of Americans live in an urban area. For the City Escape category, the panel selected Leisure Travel Vans 2020 Unity. This Class B van is 25 feet in length, making it easy to maneuver around the city. Its space-saving murphy bed provides for a roomy feel inside with a fold-out table, LED TV, sink, propane stove and lots of storage. Dometic’s IoT RV system is installed in this unit, allowing owners to control and monitor all parts of the vehicle. It features rich European style cabinets.
The Destination Camping category includes RVers who plan many weekend getaways with all comforts from home. The Forest River Riverstone 39 RBFL fifth wheel was the leader in this category. This luxurious RV features a King-size bed, a bathroom with two vanities, a half bath, washer and dryer and a fireplace.
For the Team Tailgate, RVX’s panel choose the Heartland Cyclone Ultimate Tailgate RV. The 44-foot fifth wheel levels itself with the touch of a button, features several TVs, so that you don’t miss any of the game action; its own keg refrigerator; the ultimate stereo sound system, dual decks, a hot tub and a bar. This is the ultimate tailgating space.
The Sustainability category winner is Winnebago’s electric concept RV. The all electric/zero emission Class A RV is 33 to 38 feet in length. It is designed with Motiv Power Systems’ Food F53-based EPIC all-electric chassis. It will go 85 to 125 miles on a full charge, which takes 7 to 8 hours to charge at Level 2 and Level 3 charging capacity. While it’s not available yet, it’s a glimpse into the future of RVing.
RVers looking for high quality, first class interiors and the latest technology fit into the Luxury Living category. The Newmar 2020 Superstar, a nearly 41-foot super C, won the top spot in the Luxury Living category. The new Super C has a full air extended cab on a Freightliner chassis. It features a full wall slide out; a beautiful interior with tons of cabinetry and storage space; a full-size refrigerator option; a king-size bed and great counter space for meal preparation. To get a tour of the Newmar 2020 Superstar, visit RVgeeks.
Speaking of geeks…the On the Horizon category is the category for those RVers who want the latest and greatest technology and perhaps something they haven’t seen before. The Airstream Classic Smart RV took the top spot in this category. This RV uses a mobile app to keep the RVer connected through their phone or other device. It controls the lights, air conditioning and heating, vents, power shades and awning, vent fan controls and monitors the battery and water tanks. It will also locate the RV, just in case you can’t remember where you parked.
The Reveal generated a lot of coverage for the industry. There were many traditional media outlets, social media and even the Ellen Show covering RVX: The RV Experience.