Thursday, February 2, 2023


In 10 years, what percent of new-model motorized RVs will be powered by electric engines?

It seems everywhere you look these days there’s news about the explosive growth of electric vehicles. So far, most are cars and trucks, but a sprinkling of all-electric-powered RVs are appearing. Those powered by gas or diesel engines are mostly prototypes now due to their relatively short range, with those with the “house” powered entirely by electricity the most common.

There is little doubt that electric-powered vehicles will become a bigger presence as the years pass. The technology is continually improving and the cost of batteries is decreasing as well how far they can travel on a charge.

None of us can know what it will be like in 10 years, but let’s take our best guesses and get an idea of how we think as a group.

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Charlie Davis
1 month ago

It seems we have a bunch of engineers on this site that think we will run out of battery building materials, ev charging stations, etc, etc, etc.
I wonder if the engineers all had “ice boxes” in their homes, if they all had coal bins that the coalie delivered your regular supply to heat your home with, maybe they had “whale oil lamps” to study their lessons by, etc, etc, etc.
It seems we tend to forget about reality. My Grandmother cooked many of my meals on a wood stove, way before Mc Greasy showed its ugly head, just saying wake up to the future, its coming your way, like it or not.
Grandpa bought Grandmaw a gas stove and it sat right beside the old wood stove and she used them both for years, I had to carry coal and wood in on the weekends I got to visit them.

Sharon N
1 month ago

To campground owners and others… You snooze, you lose. EVs are coming whether you like it or not. There are certainly kinks to be worked out, but when multiple pull-through charging stations are available at every Interstate exit, such as the Cookeville, TN, I-40 exit, at Sam’s Club, the excuses tend to dry up. When gas stations everywhere learn that installing pull-through charging stations will increase business, especially if they install solar panels on their property to limit their costs, the smart business people will make the change. Will everyone jump on the bandwagon? Of course not. Some people still miss “the good old days” of re-built engines every 30,000 miles or tires that only last 10,000 miles. I’m 79, and I sure don’t miss those days!

Uncle Swags
1 month ago

If they took the approach of integrating EV into the existing transportation infrastructure instead of the demonizing approach they have, they would find more acceptance. However older folks don’t have the time or patience to learn all the problems and gas/diesel is a known commodity.

1 month ago

we as a society are running headlong into the false promise of an all-electric world without first building the required infrastructure to support that world. the religion…the belief that we humans can change our climate will ultimately prove to be disasterous.

1 month ago
Reply to  Rich

Well said, Rich !

Tommy Molnar
1 month ago
Reply to  Rich

Totally agree. We are having this EV stuff shoved down our throats and being brainwashed into believing we are somehow going to save humanity from the evil ‘human caused’ climate change – the biggest threat to our lives. Phooie!

Thomas D
1 month ago

The other night I took a drive on interstate 41. Nighttime because you see what is actually on the road. Three lanes each direction. Bumper to bumper about 60 mile an hour
I don’t believe there s enough lithium in the world to make batterys for all the cars i saw that night. Let alone the power to charge them. They are all going to be home around the same time and wanting to be charged

Roy Davis
1 month ago

By then the overlooked problems of EV vehicles will be brought out. It doesn’t solve a problem it simply creates a new one.

1 month ago

The Hill Country of Texas is not suitable for EV’s, Dealerships refuse to sell them, public acceptance just not there. No infrastructure can handle the electrical demands that are needed for EV’s.

1 month ago

I don’t see a major increase but what’s going to happen to diesel as the engines cease to be built. I believe you need the diesel to push those MHs down the road.

1 month ago

10 years and new models…a high percentage. Tesla Semi just showed the distance capability is there and there will be huge advancements just within the next 5 years. The build on top is the same and the EV chassis gives new (better) config options. Can’t wait!

Craig Spoores
1 month ago
Reply to  Dave

Talk about campgrounds shortages now. wait till the grounds have 4 charging sites and 5 campers show up and it takes 8 hours to charge.

1 month ago
Reply to  Dave

you’ll have plenty of time to wait when you run out of electricity

1 month ago
Reply to  Dave

Dave, I think you and I must have been the only two people to say All or Almost All! I just don’t see the “climate people” letting the “oil people” continue to run the country!

Scott Ellis
1 month ago

No RV or anything wise will be powered by an “electric engine.” Electric motors? Sure.

Gene Bjerke
1 month ago
Reply to  Scott Ellis

English majors rule!

1 month ago

I believe that a poll should be taken of campground owners as to how many campgrounds they believe will have the electrical infrastructure to support the charging demand in addition of the normal RV usage electrical demand. They can build as many EV motorhomes as they want but if the infrastructure is not at the pedestal to charge them and simultaneously provide house demand then they are useless.

1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

Good point.

1 month ago

I chose less than 20% because it encapsulates None or almost None!

I guess we need to know how many billionaires or celebrities buy new models each year. In 10 years they will be the only people with enough disposable income to virtue signal.

Bob p
1 month ago
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1 month ago
Reply to  Bob p

Amen! Again

1 month ago
Reply to  Larry

correct! us little people will be out of the financial angle on the ERV issue.

rich aigner
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob p

No such thing as an electric engine, all are motors!

1 month ago
Reply to  TIM MCRAE

I agree that cost is going to be a big factor.

Did you see how many axles were on the back of the Tesla concept? FOUR! Don’t know if those are singles or duals, but the tire changes alone would be unaffordable.

Diane Mc
1 month ago
Reply to  TIM MCRAE

My exact thought. If RV’s are priced like electric cars it will truly be only for those with lots of disposable income until the technology improves to lower costs. And we haven’t stripped all the mines in China of minerals.

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