Sunday, July 31, 2011

Winding Road for the RV Industry

 Sales of RVs have followed the housing market in the US and taken a dive, but are on their way back up- with some slight changes in the type of RVs people are buying. The market crashed with the housing market, resulting in a lot of repos and a difficult time for dealers. It is coming back up- However, a few years ago, it was the giants of the road that were popular- the bus-like motorhomes. Now, like the housing market, bigger has been replaced by smaller and more compact, and often towable.

More of this on the roads?
Photo by David Wright Flickr Creative Commons

"The mix for big dealers used to be 70 percent of sales would be motorhomes. . . . Now it's 30 percent motorhomes and 70 percent fifth-wheel and travel trailers," Wayne Barnes, owner of B&B RV center in Anderson, northern California, told local site Dealers have had to adapt to the new trends in road trip holidays, supplying less of the big and more of the small.

 The smaller motorhomes and trailers are not only cheaper to buy, but easier on the gas. Trailers can also be more convenient- you can leave them at a campsite and be free to take your car to explore the area.

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Author: Phil Wright+

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Campervans and the Rugby World Cup

Campervans are proving to be a popular choice for Rugby World Cup 2011 attendees. As with the Lions Tour in 2005, many visitors to New Zealand are choosing to take to the road and take advantage of the freedom of a motorhome to see some rugby and the country. But is New Zealand up to the challenge of accommodating this influx of nomads? Will there be room for themn, especially after recent laws cracking down on freedom camping?

Kiwi spirit is showing through with creative solutions to the issue of where to put all these motorhomes. Alexandra Park, a horse racing ground in Auckland City, will be open to wanderers looking for a park at $45 a van, and should be able to take around 960 vans. Claudelands in Hamilton will also open it's doors to campervans and will cater to up to 300. These sites will have limited facilities so are intended for self-sufficient motorhomes. Westhaven Marina in Auckland's central city is also available for campervans around cup match dates, with a higher price of $80 a night due to it's better facilities and location.

Marton, a small town near Wanganui and Palmerston North, has an even more novel approach to the problem, thought up by community co-ordinator Cathryn Ash, and she is hoping that it will attract some tourists off the beaten State Highway 1 and into their town. Residents can register to adopt a motorhome and offer their driveways to travellers- not only bringing revenue in to the town but potentially forming international friendships.

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Author: Rohan Marx+

Motorhome to star in a new TV Show

Photo by Casey West Flickr Creative Commons

Channel 4 in the UK has just started showing "Quiz Trippers," a show in which 5 people tour the British Isles in a motorhome whilst attending pub quizzes. It has been called a cross between Come Dine With Me and Coach Trip, as people compete against other pub quiz attendees and each other to win a cash prize.

The motorhome is stocked with only the very basics, and the team must decide whether to spend the pub quiz winnings that they may potentially take home to make their roadtrip a more luxurious one- the team votes after each quiz who was the most valued player for that night, to determine the ultimate winner.

Quiz Trippers can be seen on Channel 4 weekdays in the UK.

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Author: Rohan Marx+

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