The RVs That Will be Popular in 2021
What Are Campers Interested In?
It’s clear that camping and RVing is going to be huge in 2021. There’s no doubt about it. Various sources note the death of the travel industry as we have come to know it due to COVID-19. Because people are more interested in spending time away from crowds and out in the outdoors, RVing and camping is a clear alternative.
According to Forbes, campsite bookings are up by as much as 500 percent for 2021. While a large portion of those folks will be car camping or tent camping, a significant number will spring for an RV.
With this new influx of RVers to the market, you can bet the RVing trends for 2021 will be far different from year’s past. Christopher Johnson, VP of Inventory Operations at Camping World noted this shift. “The trends for 2021 seem to be first time buyers, small, inexpensive, single axle, and towing as lightweight of a unit as possible,” he said.
According to the RV Industry Association, RV sales are booming. In a June 2020 report by the association, the sales data suggested that camper vans and Class B sales are up, and it echoed what Johnson said of first-time buyers and lightweight towables.
It’s not just RV sales and campgrounds that are booming. RV rentals are up significantly, too. According to CBS Minnesota, RV rentals are booming as well. Back in May of 2020, rentals were up 600 percent, and they have stayed strong throughout the year, according to multiple reports.
RV Trends for 2021
The trends for 2021 are pretty clear already. While things may shift throughout the year, it will take the industry a bit of time to catch up to consumer demand. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the biggest trends and some of the RVs that will be popular in 2021.
First Time Buyers and Inexpensive Options
First up is first-time buyers. To put it plainly, there are going to be a whole slew of new buyers out there in 2021. Sure, a lot of folks who have never gone RVing before will opt to rent, but even after renting, they may purchase.
There are also a lot of deals out there on small, manageable campers and motorhomes that come with low payments and can be enticing options to buyers if they’re on the fence about renting or buying.
The Coleman Lantern LT 17B is a perfect example. It has an extremely low starting price of $11,995, offers a floorplan that works for a small family, and is lightweight enough to be towed with most SUVs. Monthly payments for this are typically very low, and at the end of the year, if you didn’t like it or wanted to upgrade, you could do so easily.
It’s a smart choice for many first-time buyers, which is why Camping World, the exclusive seller of this model, has sold more than 270 of these little trailers per month.
The Coleman 17B isn’t the only small and inexpensive camper out there. A quick search will show you that there are plenty to choose from. You’ll discover everything from small teardrop campers to pop-ups to other small travel trailers; there are numerous other options for buyers, such as the models sold by Jayco like the Jay Flight SLX 154BH, which retails for $18,654 but can be found on lots around the country for far less.
Of course, used models will go for far less than MSRP, and that’s part of the reason used inventory will be so hot in 2021, especially for first-time buyers looking for a small and inexpensive option.
Single Axle and Lightweight Towables
The main reason small and inexpensive RVs will be such a big draw in 2021 is because of the types of vehicles buyers have to tow these options. Most people own SUVs or standard full-sized pickup trucks. With those vehicles at their disposal, the big, multi-axle fifth-wheels and travel trailers are often too heavy.
Fewer buyers are willing to buy a new RV and a new vehicle. This means they look for smaller lightweight options with single axles. These types of RVs are easier to tow, which is also a hurdle for a first-time buyer. Towing a large trailer is difficult, and smaller towable campers are easier for drivers with little towing experience.
Small Motorhomes, Too
On the flip side, small motorhomes will also be big. In another article, I said this year could be the Year of the Camper Van with plenty of evidence to support this. Campers of all kinds will be looking into the Van Life, but you can also expect many of them to choose Class C motorhomes, and specifically shorter ones, to go camping with their families.
The reason these smaller motorhomes will be a focus is for much of the same reason smaller towable options will be. With many new RV owners, smaller RVs are simply less intimidating than large ones. Keeping things smaller and simpler will enable those first-timers.