Latest Trend in RVing: Closing the Way to the Grid

Often too many neighbors. Sometimes make noise. Just like at home.

This is why a lot of campers these days are enjoying the tradition of “boondocking” or camping away from traditional campies. And away from all those other campers.

Amanda Watson said that you have been living in the 1998 Safari Motorhome with your husband for eight years. “That’s what I consider a boon.”

In general R.V. has been made Increasingly popular in the last few years. And this has only recently happened in the case of keeping people away from shared housing with coronaviruses. Now, solitude is decreasing even once in secluded places, especially if It is near a cell-phone tower. Accessing running water or sewer is not a thing, but obviously no one wants to stay away from the Internet.

Watson said, “We have discovered, especially in the southwest, where the ground is really open and the cell signal goes too far.

The Polydrop KJ-20 Trailer.

This is a trend that has given rise to many small startups Companies, like Opus, Polydrops and EarthRoamer, built trailers and recreational vehicles designed to be off paved – or even unpowered – roads. Traditional RV companies like Winnebago and Airstream have also taken notice And now trailers and camping rigs are turning to climb rocks and hoofs with bigger, nobier tires and more ground clearance.

Dry camp

Some homeowners hire campies who are often easily accessible spots on their private land. but If you want to get For places that are more remote and away from viewable asphalt or gravel roads, you might want a rig designed for that

Compact size Is also important. You do not want something that is difficult to maneuver around the boulder or on the way to your secluded camp among the trees.

Trailer of Opus OP2.

About three years ago, Kyunghyun Liew, a California architecture student, set out to design a camping trailer light behind his wife’s Mazda 3 or almost any SUV. He produced the trailer for Polydrop, now available in four different styles. About $ 14,000 to $ 20,000, all of which resemble a space pod from the 1970s science fiction film. With air conditioning and heating, it provides a comfortable place to sleep. A cellar kitchen is also available and Lew says he is also working on a built-in toilet. For now, campers will have to improve.

Another company, Opus – founded in the United Kingdom but with its US headquarters in Pittsburgh, California – offers rugged folding camp trailers. Developed as “Tough Luxury”, most Opus models are designed, essentially, a tent in a low-profile metal box riding on knee tires.

They come in various sizes, some have enough room for only two or are large enough for four or six. Prices start at around $ 20,000. Enlarge the tents – they have an inflatable frame – in minutes, according to the company. The trailers have stoves outside for cooking and also have refrigerators and freezers. They also have water tanks that keep sufficient clean water for the last several days.

Opus also offers a hybrid model. For a starting price of $ 47,500, it is like a traditional metal-bound camp trailer with a fabric-walled extension that faces off the roof for additional space.

Airstream Basecamp 20X.

During this, Traditional RV companies have responded Boon’s growing popularity with his own model. Airstream recently introduced the Basecamp 20X. Costing approximately $ 50,000, it is a more rugged version of the company’s futuristic-looking compact aluminum trailer. It connects to the smaller basecamp 16X, which costs a little over $ 40,000.

These versions have more ground clearance, more rugged tires and a redesigned back end. This allows them to climb over steep incisions without cracking the ground. There is also greater protection on the windows to prevent the tree branches from breaking.

These trailers allow people to move further into the forest and to the locations of those beautiful lakes.

“It’s more what we put in our brochures,” Airstream CEO Bob Wheeler said.

Winnebago, meanwhile, recently unveiled the Revel, a new off-road-oriented version of a traditional Winnebago motor home. With prices starting at around $ 175,000, it has all-wheel drive and more ground clearance and is relatively compact for easy maneuver.

As they showed the prototypes of Revell, the Winnabago designers felt that they were working with a different type of customer. People usually want to know how big a TV they can fit in an RV.

Winebago Revol.

“We were listening to things like ‘Can I leave TV? Do we have TV?”

What customers really needed was to leave as much outside of their gear as possible to make more room.

For those who want to go even further, EarthRoamer is. this The Ducano, Colorado-based company modifies the Ford Super Duty trucks, turning them into massive anywhere camping rigs, such that they simply retreat from the apocalypse.

This level of “go anywhere” does not come cheap. Prices for the smallest truck from EarthRoamer – which is still very large – start at $ 590,000. With options, the average price reaches $ 700,000. Prices for larger models – huge of course – start at $ 1.7 million.

EarthRoamer HD is the company's largest RVs.

These custom built trucks come with carbon fiber camper body. And there are huge lithium batteries and solar arrays so they can be off the grid in a week. They have very high ground clearance – small trucks more than a foot off the ground – for uneven terrain and strong diesel engines.

One company you think will be really sad with this whole boon trend Campgrounds of America. The KOA resides in all those camps with its convenient facilities.

Not so, Whitney Scott, it is said, is the vice president of marketing for the CoAA, because, at some point the boondockers will have to come out of the woods. Sooner or later, she said, they want to empty their sewage tanks and do some laundry.

In addition, it is good to take a break from a completely rough.

“Sometimes that little shop down The road can be a great thing with a chocolate bar, ”she said.