RV News Weekly Round-Up (July 21, 2023)
Camping World Closes in on a Milestone, Thor Previews Class C Models, and The Dyrt's Best Places to Camp in 2023
Each week there is far more news from the RV and travel industry than we have time to cover. To make up for that, every Friday, we offer a roundup of the most interesting and important stories that you may have missed over the past seven days. Here’s what you need to know:
- Camping World Closes in on 200 Stores: This week, Camping World announced the opening of its 199th store in Billings, Montana. This is the first CW outlet in that state, but more importantly, it puts the company on the verge of having 200 stores spread out across 43 states. Don’t have a Camping World near you? Visit CampingWorld.com to shop online.
- Thor Updates Super Class C Models: Thor Motor Coach continues its rollout of its new and updated models for 2024. Over the past weeks, we’ve seen updates on the company’s Class A and B RVs. This week, it turned its attention to its excellent line-up of Super Class C models, giving us a rundown of the changes and upgrades coming for 2024. Check out the preview on the official Thor blog.
- The Dyrt Announces Best Places to Camp in 2023: Online campsite booking site The Dyrt has announced its picks for the best places to camp in 2023. The list is dominated by national and state parks from across the country, with Denali National Park taking the top spot. To find out what other locations earned a nod, read the full list on The Dyrt’s website.
- RV Technical Institute Certifies Nine Female Techs: The RV Technical Institute, working in conjunction with the General RV Center, announced that its July 10-14 class included nine women. Those female students graduated from the course and now join the ranks of certified RV techs working throughout the country. Congrats to the ladies on this well-earned achievement.
- KOA Finds July 4th Camping on Par with 2022: This week, KOA released its monthly research report covering all things related to camping. Of note from the latest edition is that the number of households that went camping over the July 4 holiday was about the same as in 2022. Those numbers remained consistent, despite challenges in booking campsites and ongoing hot weather in large parts of the country. For more insights, read the press release on these findings here.
- Lenovo and BirdLife International Build Camper Van for Research Trip: PC manufacturer Lenovo has joined forces with BirdLife International—a nonprofit organization focused on bird conservation—to create a camper van designed for research on the road. The one-of-a-kind Class B model is built to serve as a mobile lab, demonstrating that technology can help us work from anywhere while also doing good for the communities we visit along the way. In this case, that involves researching the changing migratory patterns across North America. The van’s high-tech upgrades include built-in 5G connectivity, integrated smarthome components, a tablet that serves as the control center, and several Lenovo laptops. To find out more about the project, click here.
That’s all for this week. Join us next Friday for another roundup of important RV news stories.