Will RVing be as popular in 20 years as it is today?


It appears that 2018 will be another banner year for RV shipments, up another 30,000 over 2017’s record numbers of more than a half-million.

As RV parks and other campgrounds get more crowded, will some RVers tire of the hassle and opt out of the lifestyle? Or will more people take up RVing, sending its popularity to new heights in the years ahead? What do you think?

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i believe that as the baby boomers get to old for rving the next generation will not be the outdoors type. they cant leave their tv’s, computers and other indoor comfort items They don’t cook at home so can you expect them to cook while camping.


Think it will decline. As quality worsens, gas prices rice, and fewer and fewer campsites become available, I think more people will choose another hobby. There seems to be no motivation in the entire industry to remedy the problems.


I think here in Ca. there’s a real possibility motorized units may be outlawed in the future…sorry Billy Bob, no facts to support my feelings, just the fickle history of Ca. politics. BUT, I do hope that rv’ing in general gets more popular.

Tommy Molnar

Totally agree, Billy. The less the fed gets involved, the better off we ALL are.

Having said that, I will repeat what I always say. Too many folks buy on impulse and really have no idea what RV’ing is all about. Once they get their shiny new rig, the first question is, “Now what?” A couple trips to wherever, paying for full hookups or Just paying for a site in a state park, and the thrill is gone. The “Go RV’ing” pictures of serenity by the creek side are hard to duplicate in real life, especially east of the Rockies. Then the shiny new rig begins its new life as a remotely parked monetary burden.

So, this is why I think RV’ing will decline in the future. And of course, if fuel prices skyrocket, that will add to the decline. Just my opinion.


Without much higher fuel prices people will continue to buy. A huge increase in interest rates could slow buyers down. No place to go will be the biggest factor. Actually, we really like the 2017 43′ 5er but think I should have kept the 35′. We no longer go during June – August and may quit altogether sooner than planned.

Bruce Irwin


Bob Godfrey

Just wondering but won’t today’s cell phone addicted generation travel virtually and not need an RV?


With record sales, limited campground space, stagnated wages, continued inflation, over-priced rigs, higher financing rates forthcoming, consolidation of manufacturers driving up prices, continued poor quality, government regulation of where you can park one, storage rental rates going up, Home Owners Association rules and regulations, yuppies that will find they don’t enjoy camping because of barking dogs, unruly kids, tight spaces, and high insurance rates, the future looks bleak. Add to this the record drop in used RV’s when the millennial’s get their belly full and start selling of those record new sales with record used sales.

On the other hand, as home prices continue their out of control spiral upward, home taxes continue to climb and insurance rates out of reach, what choice will persons have?


With the way the current administration is working to destroy public lands and make it easier for “big business” (as though rv-ing and outdoor sports is not big business) to destroy what is left of clean air and clean water, etc., it is hard to imagine that there will be much to attract people to the RV lifestyle–unless that is the only way they will have any home at all.