Now more popular than ever, the ubiquitous recreational vehicle, or RV, has come a long way since the early days of the 20th century. With the ability to go multiple places and live comfortably in one spot, RVs are quickly becoming the most coveted way of traveling with a group of people.
RVs are like little apartments on wheels, or a mobile home if you will. They allow you to travel without having to pay for hotels and restaurants along the way. You get to see the sights in your own camper trailer, cook your own meals, and sleep wherever the roads ake you.
While there are still plenty of older RVs on the road, new models continue to be developed with consumers in mind. Consumers’ evolving needs and desires have made manufacturers pay more attention to details that can make their RVs even better for customers.
Here are a few things that make today’s recreational vehicles ideal for your weekend camping adventure:
RVs are built for off-road use
The industry keeps coming up with new innovations to make RVs specifically built for off-road use. Take note that recreational vehicles are built for road travel in mind. They’re designed to protect passengers from all weather conditions, including snow and ice.
The tires are specifically designed to keep the vehicle on the road in any weather condition and have special treads to provide traction in bad conditions. Some RVs even have all-wheel-drive (AWD) capabilities.
Despite their good looks and luxurious interiors, RVs are designed to be comfortable to drive on rough roads. They are built for off-road use. You will notice that most RVs are wide and have huge wheels. These features enhance their off-road performance.
Having better off-road capability will provide you with the most flexibility regarding where you travel, letting you see more of the world and making it easier to discover camping spaces in popular tourist areas.
Today’s RVs have upgraded living spaces
RV living spaces are not what they used to be. With all the amenities of a luxury condo and the streamlined comfort of a modern RV, today’s RVs have been upgraded to be some of the nicest ways to travel.
Some interiors have a tiny dinette slide-out, while others feature full-wall slides with expansive windows to maximize space. A Murphy bed is available in specific smaller RV models to turn a tiny area into social and sleeping spaces.
Residential-style furnishings (including a hide-a-bed sofa and theater seating), additional internal storage space, substantial screen TVs, Bluetooth home entertainment, day-night roller blinds throughout, and woven vinyl flooring materials are all characteristics to look for modern RVs.
Take note, however, that these luxuries and enhancements have come at a price; RVs have become more expensive than ever before. So make sure you balance what you want vs. what budget you’re working with when considering your RV options.
Modern RVs have more modernized bathrooms
In the past, RV bathrooms were all about function. You could use them, but they weren’t very attractive. Today, there are so many options for making your bathroom look great and feel luxurious.
Some RVs may include a wet bath, and others have surprisingly spacious bathrooms with walk-in showers and porcelain toilets. Although the corridor is usually closed off when both doors are opened, allowing for a decent-sized complete bathroom.
What’s crucial to know is what sorts of restrooms are accessible and which ones are ideal for you. For example, on one side of the RV, there are side bathrooms with a sink, shower, and toilet all in one location.
To examine all of the bathroom configurations possible, look at several floorplans for the sort of RV you want.
Newer RV models have functional kitchens
One of the most appreciated innovations by RV owners is the renovation of kitchen facilities. Today, almost all newer RVs come equipped with functional kitchens.
Upgraded RV kitchens are available in a variety of formats and sizes. There are floor plans for front kitchens, center kitchens, back kitchens, and kitchen slide-outs. Some even have multiple stoves and ovens.
Today, your RV might have residential-style appliances, such as more spacious refrigerators, solid surface worktops, center islands, induction cooktops, hardwood cabinet drawers, roller bearing drawer guides, and a fairly large pantry.
RVs now have more comfortable bedrooms
Over the past few years, manufacturers have been redesigning the bedrooms in RVs so they’re much more comfortable and convenient for the driver and passengers.
RV bedroom layouts are becoming more and more comfortable. These days, bedroom floor plans for RVs come with flat-screen TVs, stereo systems, and even entire bathrooms.
In older models, RV beds are oddly shaped, making it difficult to sleep in and obtain appropriately sized sheets and linen. Fortunately, those days are nearly gone. Modern RV purchasers desire full-size queen beds and king-size beds if space allows, and RV manufacturers accommodate those wishes.
Also, RVs today have increased interior drawer and cabinet storage capacity in new and creative ways, not just in bedrooms, but in kitchens as well.
Other standard features that come in RVs today
There are many cool things that come with an RV, and there are certain features that come standard with all RVs to give you the best value.
For example, the most common standard feature is a generator. The generator provides power when you’re away from a plug, or in an area without electricity. Many generators also have inverters, which allow you to connect your RV to a regular outlet so you can use normal household appliances.
Another standard feature is the refrigerator/freezer. This is one of the most important features in any RV because it helps you keep food at a good temperature for longer periods of time.
There are several other features that come standard in RVs today that were not available several years ago. Some of the most basic features that come in all RVs today are:
- electrical lighting and outlets
- a refrigerator
- a stove
- a sink
- an air conditioner
- a water heater
- and a shower.
There are also other features that are either optional or become standard based on the manufacturer and the type of RV you purchase. These include washer and dryer hook-ups, a television antenna jack, and satellite hook-ups.
These features make life more convenient and enjoyable while on the road.
A final word on what makes the modern-day RV so awesome
To sum up, the modern-day RV is awesome because it’s a vacation on wheels. These days, you can go camping with your family and not have to sacrifice any of the comforts you enjoy at home.
If you’re looking for the perfect RV for your family camping adventure, get in touch with us at Adventure in Camping. We have a fleet of RVs ready to go, and we’ll be happy to tell you all about them and make recommendations for your weekend getaway. Please feel free to call our team at (760) 935-4890 anytime.