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The Future of RVs Is Here

As technology advances, the future of RVs promises more innovation than ever. The days of camping in a rickety old tin may soon be behind us.

So what exactly is in store for campers?

Today, we’re looking at the most modern features and what’s on the horizon.

Let’s ride!

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Where will the future take the RV industry?

What Is the Future of RVs?

The RV of the future is on its way to becoming a reality. While they’re still in the early stages, many manufacturers are creating fully electric models that rival the efficiency of cars. And lowering fuel consumption isn’t the only advancement.

Lithium-ion batteries are replacing outdated 12-volt lead-acid models. Currently, lithium batteries can power a motorhome’s interior, but it won’t be long before they’re under the hood.

As these batteries become more effective, they’ll be able to help propel your camper as well.

Standard solar panels are becoming more common on motorhomes, and nomads increasingly rely on this alternative energy source. Today, rigid panels are affixed to roofs, but we’ll see solar sails included in retractable awnings in the future.

Changes in exterior designs will make travel trailers more aerodynamic and, consequently, more fuel efficient.

Some of these advancements are already on the market, but many are still in the testing phase. Here are some of the most exciting RVs we just might see in the coming years.

Get the details with Electric RVs, Explained.

This Airstream Concept Is the RV of the Future

In collaboration with luxury brand Porsche, the Airstream Studio FA concept is a new twist on an old favorite. It has a pop-up top, extendable rear, and auto air-ride suspension. In theory, you could fit it into a standard garage when fully condensed. 

It looks like a dream to tow, sleek, lightweight, and aerodynamic. 

Below the floor is a ten-inch space that houses everything from water tanks to the air-conditioning system. You won’t lose valuable storage and living space to bulky appliances and cabinets.

And the Studio FA brings the great outdoors inside. The rear extension opens to expand the lounge area shaded by the back window. Plus, entry points on the side and rear offer easy access. You’ll be able to enjoy al fresco meals from the comfort of your dining table. 

Winnebago e-RV Concept Illustrates the Future of RVs

In 2022, Winnebago introduced its electric motorhome concept at the Florida RV SuperShow. It’s modeled around the Ford Transit and has a converted electric powertrain. 

This concept vehicle has plenty of perks. Despite its small size, it houses a kitchen and a bathroom. Inside and out, the lighting gives this ride the look of a spaceship. Undercarriage LEDs and recessed lighting in the cab make this motorhome stand out from its ancestors. 

The e-RV2 features standard solar panels that offer 400 to 500 watts of easily renewable power. Plus, you’ll feel good knowing your travels won’t affect the environment. 

Limited range is the most significant setback. While Winnebago estimates it can travel 125 miles before it needs to “refuel.” However, test drivers found that limited access to charging stations meant they needed to stop between 70 and 90 miles. 

Not only that, but they had to stick to backroads along the way. The e-RV maxes out at 69 miles per hour, and running full-throttle takes an added toll on distance. 

Many full-timers won’t be turned off by these stats, though. The RV Industry Association states that most motorhome road trips are less than 150 miles. So if you’re happy to travel in small jaunts rather than long hauls, the e-RV might meet your needs.

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Lightship Introduces an Innovative All-Electric RV of the Future

Perhaps the most innovative design yet is the aptly-named Lightship. This isn’t just a standard RV with retrofitted electric features. It’s a whole different beast. 

Former Tesla employees Ben Parker and Toby Kraus designed this unique travel trailer. Its modern minimalist design is ultra-aerodynamic. In fact, it’s three times more aerodynamic than traditional pull-behinds. 

Inspired by pop-up campers, the Lightship’s roof extends to allow for headroom. When it’s not in use, it retracts.

This revolutionary design and the self-propelled trailer mean that towing’s a breeze. With 300 miles of range, the Lightship can take the load off electric or gas-powered tow vehicles. You’ll spend less time at the charging station and less cash at the pump.

Built-in solar panels on the Lightship’s roof power all its electronics. And its aesthetic appeal is unrivaled. The atrium-inspired design offers nearly 360-degree views from the inside. 

What Are the Drawbacks of Future All-Electric RVs?

As we saw with Winnebago’s e-RV, the range can be an issue with electric motorhomes. And while charging stations are more common than ever, they’re less prevalent than gas stations. 

Many folks have a healthy fear of winding up stranded with a dead battery. This is especially problematic when the propulsion charge also runs your appliances. Not only could you lose power on the road, but you also might have no charge after camping. Solar panels can help ease these concerns but not eliminate them. 

Most electric vehicles require battery replacement every three to ten years. And we can assume those figures won’t be any better with the heavier load of a camper. 

Another issue with the RV of the future is uncertainty. Most alternative energy motorhomes are still concept vehicles. They haven’t built the track record of other campers. And when making a significant investment, buyers want to feel confident in their purchase.

Further, these revolutionary units are poised to have a hefty price tag. Although we can’t offer hard numbers, it’s safe to assume you’ll pay a premium for the latest technology. 

We dig deeper into this with 5 Reasons to Avoid Electric RVs.

Are You Ready For the Future?

Motorhomes have already come a long way from the 20th-century clunkers your grandparents had. And the future of RVs is only getting brighter. State-of-the-art technology, convenient features, and more efficiency than ever before mean there’s only more to love. 

Unfortunately, you’ll have to give these vehicles a little more time before they hit the road. But we’re hoping the rest of the industry will get on board once they appear on the market!

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