In Summer 2018, recreational vehicles manufacturers experienced a drop in sales. In August 2019, their shipment figures declined dramatically. 2019 has not shown a positive recovery so far. Sales have been falling short for over a year, marking the beginning of an alarming RV recession. Manufacturers are the first to recognize that declines in the RV industry can be tightly linked to economic cautious. Customers are less optimistic about their finances; as a result, they are less likely to want to invest in a camping van or a motorhome.
However, there’s also a growing trend in the travel industry of vacationers who seek comfort and convenience. Many adults today, who experienced camping van adventures in their childhood, didn’t keep happy memories of their family trips. However, it’s fair to say that the typical RV has changed dramatically over the years. We’ve compiled a short list of the most common fears and complaints about RVs to show you how to tackle these. Don’t let your worries stop you from buying a camping van.
They’re so uncomfortable
It’s fair to say that the old camping van your parents bought in the 1970s might have lost a lot of its comfort and splendor by the time you were born. Back pains caused by bedding features punctuated your childhood’s camping mornings. It doesn’t have to be like that. You can refurbish your vehicle with custom RV mattress that can give you all the support you need for a good night’s sleep. Additionally, you can also add cozy cushions for the bench area to make dinners inside more convivial. More and more new owners even choose to replace the table and seats to make the dining space more welcoming. In other words, RVs are only as uncomfortable as you let them be. As the owner, you are in charge of the interior decor, which means that you can actively seek replacements and improvements to create the perfect cozy interior you crave.
I’ve got nowhere to go if it breaks
If you’re not a confident mechanic, your worst fear on the road is to encounter car issues. In an RV, it’s likely that mechanic problems are going to cause you the same amount of stress. However, the key to keep your calm and manage vehicle troubles are the same, whether you’re driving a car or a camping van. Indeed, prevention is crucial for any type of vehicles. You can’t afford to embark on a road trip without making sure first that everything is in working order. Checking breaks, flids, fuel, and tires are essential must-do. Additionally, it’s a good idea to give your vehicle a trial run before the departure – especially if you don’t use it often – to spot suspicious sounds and issues that can be fixed by your local garage. Besides, if your RV still breaks down on the road, you’ve got an entire home of wheels to spend the day in, while you’re waiting for help.
There’s never going to be enough room for everything
Packing is always a nightmare. When you stay at a hotel, you can at least bring a huge bag with you. But in a camping van, it’s impossible to get everything you need without feeling cramped. Do you think so? With a little bit of smart packing and storing, you can get your RV ready for a family trip with the kids. Get a packing list before you start; you’ll need to make sure you don’t forget anything. When traveling with kids, always pack a toolbox for emergency repairs and twice as many clothes; accidents are prone to happen.
I don’t want to eat canned beans every day
Do you remember the canned meals your mom used to cook on vacation? Here’s the thing: It doesn’t have to be! Admittedly, you have to be smart about food preps and transport, but you don’t need to feed yourself solely from the canned bean aisle in the grocery store. First of all, you can prepare your meals ahead – and while you’ll have to can them for preservation, they will taste nothing like grocery shop cans. Salads – warm and cold – are a fantastic choice with fresh ingredients.
I don’t think I’m saving money on trips
Most vacationers worry that road trip costs can be elevated with an RV, as a result of fuel needs. However, you can recoup the cost of fuel by cooking your own meals and sleeping in your camping van, as opposed to staying in a hotel. All things considered, RV trips remain an affordable alternative to hotel vacations.
It’s time to make peace with the camping van. Not only can you create a cozy and welcoming space for your family, but you can also explore the country without breaking the bank. Camping vans, motorhomes, trailers, and pop-up campers are a family-friendly and appealing option for your holiday. Don’t let your fears keep you from discovering new adventures!
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