Changes in RVs Over Time
Our first taste of the “something new” was when we got a chance to tour the brand-new front kitchen layout in a Montana fifth wheel – that’s right, a kitchen in the FRONT!:
Ten Amazing RV Innovations That Could Change the Way You Travel
The Featured Products
1. Air leveling and ride fifthwheel (Keystone, Moryde and AKTV8) https://aktv8.com/
2. Truma Power Touch RV Mover https://www.powrtouch.com/
3. Truma Vario Heat high efficiency quiet furnace https://goo.gl/UaAMXN
4. Hall Logic Never Dump incinerating black tank – https://goo.gl/iLdhE9
5. Hall Logic Haul Guage OBD2 Truck Weight Measuring device – https://amzn.to/2JqT4fm
6. Keystone Load Safe Collaboration self weighing fifth wheel
7. Dometic RMD10 Dual hinge fridge – https://goo.gl/KTjifL
8. Dometic Portable Battery For DC cooler without ice – https://goo.gl/X7a9Gh
9. Dometic IOT RVC modular control surface
10. Waterproof composite flooring by Keystone
Bonus – campground of the future by KOA – https://campthefuture.com/
We later visited the Florida RV Supershow in Tampa in January of 2018 and saw a number of new layouts, decors, and technology coming into the RV market. That’s when we were introduced the the Truma AquaGo On-Demand Water Heater and the Combi (the furnace/water heater combo) unit that was being installed in many new RVs coming off the line – the Truma sticker seemed to be everywhere and we wanted to get in on it!
We’ve been slowly upgrading the various systems and look of our RV for the past few years:
Big RV Technology Trends
Lithium-Ion Batteries – The battery topic is exploding in popularity. The benefits of lithium are becoming more well-known, the technology is getting really good, and the costs are coming down. This is making it easier for RVers to justify the cost of adding them to their RVs aftermarket, and manufacturers have taken notice. Now, more and more models are coming with Lithium-ion batteries from the factory. These batteries are paving the way for even more awesome electrical options and capabilities.
Why is Lithium-ion better? Check out this comprehensive presentation by The RV Geeks on lead-acid vs AGM vs. lithium-ion.
Efficiency – with the increased awareness of power usage, more high-efficiency products are coming out. Furnaces, water heaters, fridges, coolers, and even the RVs themselves.
Safety – With RVs getting bigger, and trucks being rated to tow more and more weight, we were really excited to see all the weight detection and ride improvement advancements.
Convenience/Technology – A common theme was to make the challenges and mundane tasks associated with RVing/camping easier so that you have more time to spend with your family and enjoying the great outdoors. Like the Dometic IOT control panel to montior all your systems in one place.
Modern Interiors – We’re getting there! Some manufacturers are more on point with this than others, but overall we are seeing more European styling, clean lines, lighter interiors, more windows to let the light in, as well as modern appliances and decor.
Voice of the Customer – It seems that many of the companies we’ve talked to really want to engage more with their customers, get feedback, and improve customer service. Turn around time for new ideas and products does take time, unfortunately (we wanted to take home the dual-hinge Dometic fridge right then and there!). Some companies also seem unsure of how to process the large amount of customer feedback out there.
Smaller and More Affordable – We saw many very affordable, smaller trailers designed to make getting away on trips and recreating easier than ever – and not having to change vehicles! Many of these light-weight RVs can be towed with a standard commuter vehicle.
Hanging with Sean and Jody of Battle Born Batteries at RVX! Even though we don’t have any of their batteries (yet), we love their products and they are pretty cool people, too!
The Truma Team at RVX – We’re really excited about their new-to-North-America Vario Heat high-efficiency furnace!
Talking to the AKTV8 & MORryde guys at the Keystone booth about their new suspension and weigh systems to make RVing safer.
RVX – The First Show of its Kind
Unfortunately it looks as if RVX will not he happening in the future. Due to challenges with the even and later COVID this show has been cancelled for the foreseeable future. Hopefully we will see alternatives however as this show was a great way for manufacturers to see what others are doing. This helps push everyone to create better RV technologies that will benefit us all.
Question for you: What Innovations would YOU like to see in the RV industry?
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