Top 10 RV Industry News Stories of January 2024
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The Florida RV show dominated the RV news headlines this January. Beyond the trade event, we have news on the latest RV shipment numbers, electric RV developments, ground-breaking industry inventions, and updates on the future of campgrounds.
Here are the top RV news stories of January 2024.
RV News on Shows and Events:
1. RV Extravaganza at the 2024 Florida RV Supershow
75,123 people visited the Florida RV SuperShow at the State Fairgrounds east of Tampa from January 17 to 21, 2024. The mega event is hosted annually by the Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA).
Every major RV manufacturer graced the event with over 1,200 new RVs. In addition, there were 400+ parts and accessories exhibitors. Here are some major talking points of the show:
- The first day attracted 18,111 consumers.
- Despite a good overall turnout of 75,123, the Tampa Show attendance dipped by 5% compared to 2023.
- Barclay Travel Home was one of the most unique RVs in the show. It’s a luxury custom rig.
- The first new Westfalia Wave Class B was sold during the show.
- All Trail Manor travel trailers that were on display sold out in 24 hours.
2. Vendors Were Pleased With Quartzsite Sports, Vacation & RV Show
Held in the Arizona desert from January 20 to 28, the Quartzsite RV Show is another popular annual event. Thousands of vendors gather to showcase items ranging from new and used RVs, rocks, gems, and minerals to gadgets, jewelry, apparel, and home decor. This year, vendors saw an overwhelming number of attendees even though official attendance results aren’t available yet.
Other successful RV events that occurred in January were:
- 2024 NTP-STAG Expo – An aftermarket buying event.
- Meyer Distributing’s Annual Dealer MegaShow – RV dealers and vendors event.
- Boston RV & Camping Expo – New England’s largest RV fair.
RV Sector News on Camper Shipments and Sales:
3. RV Shipments Up 8.1% in December
A survey of manufacturers conducted by RV Industry Association’s (RVIA) revealed that RV sales in December 2023 were up 8.1% compared to December 2022. A total of 21,522 units were shipped last year in December compared to 19,907 a year before. Here’s the performance of shipments based on RV types:
- Conventional Travel Trailers – 11.4% increase
- Motorhomes – 9.4% decrease
- Park Models – 31.9% decrease
RV Industry News on Gas Prices
4. Gas Prices Dipped in January
Just like holiday decorations, gas prices came tumbling down at the start of 2024. The national average for a gallon of gas fell slightly by three cents to $3.09. Experts speculate the drop was due to weak demand, as fewer people are fueling up after a busy holiday of road travel. These prices have since risen and are now $3.150 at the time of February.
Latest Electric RV News for January 2024
5. Lightship Secures $34 Million to Market their L1 All-Electric Trailer
Lightship, an electric RV startup founded by Tesla Alumni, just secured $34 million in financing to accelerate production of the Lightship L1. The L1 is a travel trailer that’s battery-powered and it has an electric drivetrain that propels the unit forward while it’s being towed. This enables near-zero range loss for the tow vehicle.
6. Coast Electric Travel Trailer Opens Production Slots for 2024
Coast by Aero Build is taking reservations for their luxury, all-electric, off-grid capable travel trailer. This $129,900 smart home on wheels is designed and built to last years. Parts and materials aren’t sourced from typical RV suppliers. They are acquired from the best brands worldwide, including Italian Appliances.
Expect a fully composite structure made from 100% recycled materials, a triple galvanized frame, all-season comfort, and a one-piece seamless roof. Further, it’s outfitted with 1600w of solar, 20kWh of Lithium Power, two 3000W inverters, a 7-gallon electric water heater, and a remote monitoring system. Simply head to their website to reserve. The initial deposit is only $500 and is refundable.
7. Pininfarina Gets In on the EV Camper Revolution
Pininfarina, an Italian car design firm and coachbuilder, just designed a future-forward electric camper. They’ve already showcased the stylish concept called the eTH. This transformer house resembles a sleek tour bus with clean, smooth lines and massive panoramic windows.
More importantly, the new electric RV will be able to keep itself running using green energy no matter how far you go off the grid. Once parked, the side and rear walls expand outward to create an enticing 400 square feet of interior room. This e-trailer’s battery pack will be connected to a large roof-mounted array of solar panels.
In other eRV news, Pebble, a California startup, just announced that its Electric Travel Trailer will feature the NVIDIA DRIVE Orin to power its technology integrations. NVIDIA Orin is an ultra-advanced computer platform that provides autonomous car and driver assistance functionality powered by deep learning.
RV Industry News On Tech and Inventions
8. Big RV Brands Leveraging the Latest Technology
An increasing number of companies are adopting AI and other digital tools to gain leverage. Here are some top RV tech headlines for January 2024:
- KOA launched an AI chatbot to enhance camper experiences and simplify trip planning.
- Park Vendor Review debuted a platform that offers park owners the chance to review the vendors they use.
- Winnebago introduced the Winnebago Connect—a world-class intelligent RV system. It’s empowered with an intuitive control that proactively manages onboard systems according to user preferences.
- General RV’s new service app makes RV ownership a lot more easier. You can schedule appointments, get maintenance recommendations, and input your RV’s details so you can receive custom alerts.
RV News on Campgrounds
9. The Campground Industry is Witnessing Impressive Growth
Private campgrounds, RV parks, and RV resorts are seeing strong growth. Here are some important stats:
- Experts expect the establishment of more than 18,000 new campsites through 2027. Around 13,284 of the new campsites are coming online through the construction of 90 new retreats.
- Speaking from their display booths at the Florida RV SuperShow, campground and RV park officials told RVBusiness that business is nearly as good as it was in the height of the pandemic when everyone was going camping.
- Campgrounds are reporting a 500% spike in bookings for the April solar eclipse.
- In 2023, KOA elevated its total number of operating locations to 511 campgrounds. It acquired 12 independent parks and signed eight new construction contracts in 2023. Further, they aim to reach 550 campgrounds in the next few years.
News on the Latest 2024 RVs
10. Top RV Brands and Startups Unveil New Rigs
Several big manufacturers have revealed new 2024 RV models this January.
- Thor Motor Coach announced two adventure vans—Palladium 1910 & 1920.
- nuCamp showcased the 2024 TAB 400 teardrop.
- Brinkley RV entered the travel trailer segment with ‘Model Z Air’. It’s a multi-functional, upscale camper measuring 35’9” long.
- Lance revealed its freshest work: Squire Travel Trailer. It’s 19’2” long and strikes a perfect balance between size, capability, and cost.
- Airstream released the all-new Interstate 19X 4×4 off-road adventure campervan.
2024 January RV Industry News Roundup
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