RV, Outdoor Hospitality Industry News for the Week of May 17May 21, 2021
We continue to see a slew of studies/surveys coming out that give us insights into the mindset of travelers as North America continues to pry itself loose of the COVID pandemic.
Experts and insiders expect the outdoor hospitality industry to have a banner summer with park owners across North America reporting strong advanced reservations.
Many of the surveys coming out now are focused on how travelers will travel and the impact of COVID vaccinations on travel patterns. So far, while there is some concern about the COVID pandemic, many of the studies/surveys show that people are itching to get out.
Below is a breakdown of important news that made headlines this past week.
OUTDOOR HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY
More Park Owners Embracing the Use of Solar Power at Their Parks
- As energy costs and concerns about the health of our planet continue to increase, the merits of investing in solar power are not only catching the attention of independently owned campgrounds and RV parks, but publicly traded companies like Sun Communities Inc.
KOA Camping Data Indicates Healthy Memorial Day Outlook
- While most campers plan to camp only over the holiday weekend, 24% indicate extending their trip by either a day or two or the entire week before or after the long weekend.
A Jellystone Park Survey Shows That Moms and Kids are Ready to get Camping
- Nearly three-fourths of moms (73%) said they are very interested in going on a family vacation this summer, assuming safe options are available. Add in moms who are somewhat interested and the number jumps to 93%.
An RV Industry Association Study Says That 56 Million Plan to RV this Summer
- Asked their reasons for considering RV travel, the respondents cited an interest in exploring the great outdoors, flexibility to work or attend school remotely, and a desire to travel with children and family members as their top three motivations. The least popular response was unreadiness to take other kinds of trips.
Florida ARVC & Alabama ARVC Host Record-Breaking Joint Conference
- Roughly 330 people attended the May 11-13 event, including representatives of more than 100 parks and 58 campground industry vendors.
New Ala. Law Helps Parks Deal with Unruly Campers
- HB 555 gives park operators the ability to have law enforcement remove guests who disturb the peace as well as guests who are in possession of or are using controlled substances.
‘Camp Collective’ Eyes Top End of RV and Glamping Markets
- Camp Collective will focus on destinations in highly desirable tourist locations such as Yellowstone, Yosemite, Austin, Texas, or the Willamette wine country.
Ford’s Electric F-150 Set to Go on Sale Next Spring
- With an electric motor mounted on each of its axles, the vehicle will offer more torque — in effect, faster acceleration — than any previous F-150 and will be capable of towing up to 10,000 pounds. Its battery pack can put out 9.6 kilowatts of energy, making it able to power a home for about three days during an outage, according to Ford.
Families Finding Ways to Live, Work from the Road
- Over 430,000 RVs were sold in 2020, up 6% from 2019 despite an industry shutdown that lasted for two months at the outset of the pandemic, the RV Industry Association reported. Garry Enyart, the association’s chairman, said he expects the RV market to get even hotter in 2021, forecasting more than 500,000 RV shipments.
Vegas Lifts Restrictions: Good News for RVDA Con/Expo
- This year’s convention/expo will be a hybrid of in-person and online meetings bringing together dealers, manufacturers and RV industry business partners for the premier dealer education and networking event of the year.
RVIA to Host Webinars on RV Buyers and Forecast Insights
- Webinar participants will hear the good — and not so good — things new RVers have to say about their experiences over the past year and come away with a better understanding of how to keep these new RVers in the industry.
RV Wholesale Shipments into Canada Up 60% in Quarter One of 2021
- The Canadian Recreational Vehicle Association (CRVA) reported today (May 19) that RV wholesale shipments into Canada for the first quarter, ending March 31, totaled 13,852 units compared to 8,634 in 2020, representing a year-over-year increase of 60.44%.
Marcus Lemonis Elaborates on CW’s Peer-to-Peer RV Rental Plans
- The company’s RVRentals.com website is now open for listing RVs and expects to be available for rental bookings by early July 2021. Camping World’s sister company, Good Sam will provide products and services for renters like24/7 roadside support, membership savings on booking and service fees, and rental protection.
Thor Motor Coach Inc’s 2022 Class C’s Offer Style, Tech
- Available on the Ford, Chevy or Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis, Class C motorhomes range in size, storage space and design to meet every camper’s lifestyle on the road. The 2022 Chevy chassis – available on select Four Winds, Chateau and Quantum models – offers an upgraded 6.6-liter V-8 gas engine outputting 401 horsepower and 464 pound-feet of torque.
Winnebago Introduces Compact ‘Solis Pocket’ B-Van
- Joining the 59P and 59PX, the new 36A floorplan is not only the brand’s most affordable camper van, but it also features extended season capability and a layout that’s inspired by van life custom layouts and DIYers.
RV Industry Notables Among ORR Event’s Speaker Lineup
- This year’s Partners Outdoors will be June 1-2 and will include key speakers and leaders from the White House, Congress, National Park Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Forest Service, as well as ORR members, university partners, and cross-sector business leaders, such as Vista Outdoor, Winnebago, KOA and more.