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James and I like to hit the big RV shows each year. It’s taken us awhile but we’ve built a pretty good system in how we tackle them.
First, we like to have two days blocked for the big shows. That way we can be sure to see all the displays and get a good feel for current trends. Second, we set aside a block of time for meet & greets or holding sessions so we get a chance to meet followers in person… and by the way this is my FAVORITE part. Finally, we like to spend the end of our last day videotaping, and we don’t even bring video equipment to the show any sooner. That lets us focus on soaking it all in ahead of filming and keeps our content more relevant to the most interesting bits of the show.
The Hershey RV Show (or its formal name “America’s Largest RV Show“) was no different. In this video, which we filmed at the end of our second day of exploring the show, James and I discuss our impressions from what we observed at the show. There wasn’t anything really mind-blowing new, like when the Revel hit the show floor or anything, but there are certainly things that might be hinting towards changes to come, and we cover those in the video. Here’s a few things we discuss:
The “Revel”ization of the RV Industry:
Since the Revel exploded into the RV market last year, it seems the more outdoorsy offerings are growing in popularity with both manufacturers and consumers. Especially in the trailer segment, we saw trailers that are geared for rugged outdoor enthusiasts getting more attention than ever before. These sporty towables come with options like nimble suspension systems, increased ground clearance, and larger diameter tires for going more remote. They also offer things like tents on top (OH TO BE A KID AGAIN!), outdoor kitchens, and thoughtful solutions for hauling your outdoorsy gear. In the video, we show a couple that caught our attention, including the “No Bo” No Boundaries by Forest River as well as the Rockwood GeoPro.
The European Influence Continues:
This started years ago when the Winnebago Travato hit the market and isn’t a new thing, but we’ve certainly noticed the European design influence continues to find its way in more and more offerings. Case in point, the Avia by NuCamp. In the video, we show this new model that is so European in design it would completely fit in at the Düsseldorf Caravan Salon RV show. We also show one of the refrigerator vendors at the show; Vitrifrigo. Vitrifrigo is an Italian company that is popular in the marine industry and makes high-end very stylish compressor refrigerators. And speaking of Europeans, we met some at the show! You’ll see James chatting with a gentleman from Germany in the video, and we found it so interesting to hear how flabbergasted he was that bike garages in RVs weren’t a “thing” over here.
Leisure Travel Vans Wonder WITH THE BIKE GARAGE!
If you’ve followed us much, you know we like to perpetually complain about the lack of bike garages on small RVs here in North America. We’ve been to the Düsseldorf RV show and witnessed ourselves how embedded they are in the European RV industry. So when Leisure Travel Vans recently released their new Wonder model (rear twin bed RTB) with a BIKE GARAGE, well you can only imagine the jumping for joy and elated hooting that was happening at the FitRV headquarters. We hunted it down at the Hershey Show and you’ll get to see it too in the video.
A New Van Model! The Airstream Interstate Nineteen:
Being van people ourselves, we can’t help but love when we see new offerings hit the market. The Airstream Nineteen didn’t disappoint! It’s built on the shorty Sprinter chassis, and you’ll get a look yourselves in the video. While there’s less storage than in the full size Interstate vans, overall the Nineteen really doesn’t have a smaller feel when you’re in it. James didn’t get to completely crawl around it or look too closely as we do in reviews, but at first glance we were impressed! Check it out in the video and judge for yourself.
So with that, we’re happy to report it was another successful RV show in the bag. We’ll be attending the Pomona RV Show (Los Angeles area) next in a few weeks; planning to be there the first weekend. It’s a looong 9 day show, and now that you know our system of 2 days only, we plan to be there on Friday and Saturday opening weekend. I think at that show we might try to do a couple in-depth reviews of rigs on our radars… hopefully the new Wonder bike garage model and maybe we can even hit the Nineteen? If we do, you’ll be the first to know!
And if we met you at the show, it was a pleasure, truly. Hope y’all have some incredible RV adventures this fall!