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Listen up RV Industry! Here is what Real RVers say are the most important RV features they want when they buy their next RV.
We surveyed and heard from more than 300 of them and it's clear they know what they want.
And between the lines in their responses, it's equally clear that the RV Industry hasn't been delivering it.
You can listen to the podcast in the player below. And scroll down this page for shownotes, plus links and resources about all the things we talk about.
Results of our Survey: The Most Important RV Features wanted by Real RVers
We really hope the RV Industry gets ahold of this report because it's pretty clear to us that there seems to be a pretty big disconnect between what this industry is making and what real RVers want.
Earlier this week, we asked a simple question on our RV Lifestyle Social Media accounts: What features do you want in your next RV?
The response, from our RV Lifestyle Group, our RV Lifestyle Facebook Page, our RV Lifestyle YouTube community and our @rvlifestylemike Instagram followers was immediate, detailed, and well-informed.
We had nearly 300 responses to that question, and more are still coming in.
But from those responses we seen some clear trends.
Here are the 10 things RVers say are the most important RV features they want in their next RV:
* Four-season capabilities, with things like heated tanks
* Lithium batteries for coach power
* Solar panels
* Office space for remote workers
* Ducted air conditioners
* Comfortable beds
* Stand up dry showers
* More storage space
* Pet friendly amenities
* Quality workmanship
They said lots more, so much more we are going to share many of the messages we received on our voicemail line (586-372-6990) and we are going to print some selected text responses we received, too. From them all, we picked 54 responses that reflect on just about every single aspect of an RV.
Clearly, consumers today know what they want. And clearly, many think the industry doesn’t know what they want.
That’s why we think it so important for these voices from Real RVers be heard.
Let’s start with some of the audio messages we received:
Roger says local service and creature comforts count the most
"Hi Mike and Jennifer, this is Rodger Stambaugh in response to your request about what we look for most in a RV. Number one is local maintenance of the chassis in the RV build. We recently ordered a Wonder we may have to change to a Unity because the local Ford dealer need not maintain that chassis of the Wonder. Next is a large storage area and a full-time bed. So in the unit they would go with the island bed, which has almost the same storage as The Wonder of rear twin beds. Next would be a dry restroom with a separate shower, and ease of dried driving, so it'd be a van chassis."
Rod & Carla want a four-season camper
"This is Rod and Carla in Topeka Kansas. We recently bought our first travel trailer a couple of months ago. Haven't even been out yet because of COVID but getting ready, learning a lot, reading a lot and learned a lot from this site. One thing on the table we will look for when we upgrade would be a four-season camper. We didn't even know there was such a thing before now. I think we would have to have that for starters. Enjoy camping"
Reese wants an AWD Class C
"Hi, Mike and Jen. My name is Reese with my husband is Mike and we're calling from Chesterfield, Virginia. We watch your Ask Us Anything show every Sunday night and have watched probably all videos over and over. Our next RV is actually our first RV and we have spent months and months during the shutdown, or lockdown, studying all the different models.