RV News: A Camper for the Cybertruck, Take a Virtual Hike with Yeti, and Camping World Expands Again
Welcome to our weekly round-up of the latest news from the RV industry. As usual, we have a lot to cover, so let’s dive in:
- Space Campers Debuts New Option for the Tesla Cybertruck: After years of delays, the Tesla Cybertruck will finally begin shipping to customers at the end of November. Those early adopters who hope to take the EV camping will be happy to know that a startup called Space Campers is ready to assist. This week, the company revealed a new model—dubbed “The Wedge”—in anticipation of the vehicle’s arrival. This pop-up camper is specifically designed for the Cybertruck, offering a rooftop tent-like experience. Check it out here.
- DRV Luxury Suites Shares Details on 2024 RV Upgrades: DRV Luxury Suites, a manufacturer of upscale travel trailers, has revealed its plans for updating its vehicles for 2024. The company will offer an array of new features that include new construction materials, refreshed decor schemes, upgraded technology, interesting storage options, and more. For details on what to expect, click here.
- Yeti Offers Virtual Online Hikes with Top Brand Ambassadors: If you’ve ever used Google Maps, you’re probably already familiar with Street View mode. Now, premium cooler manufacturer Yeti is bringing that same concept to some of the top hiking trails in North America—and one in Australia. This week, the company launched its “Map the Gaps” project, allowing internet users to go for a virtual walk in places like Montana, Colorado, and British Columbia. Joining you on those adventures are several Yeti brand ambassadors, including mountaineer Conrad Anker, rock climber Steph Davis, and professional snowboarder Robin Van Gyn. Jump on the (virtual) trails here.
- Love’s Travel Stops Adds More RV Hookups in Time for the Holidays: As the busy holiday travel season inches ever closer, Love’s Travel Stops is preparing to welcome RVers. This week, the company announced via a press release that it is adding full RV hookups to 33 locations across the country, with that number set to expand to 51 in early 2024. Additionally, 11 of those locations now offer extended-stay options and include amenities like sports courts, fire pits, and grills.
- Eureka Camping Brand in Jeopardy: Best known for its affordable and performant tents, Eureka! has been making camping equipment for over 128 years. According to GearJunkie, that could come to an end early next year, as parent company Johnson Outdoors has indicated it will shutter the brand due to lagging sales. However, parts of the venerable company have already been sold off to the Rekord Group,, so there is a chance the colorful tents may live on.
- BLM Closes 317 Miles of Off-Road Trails Near Moab: Off-roading is a popular activity in Moab, UT, where the scenery is dramatic and dreamy. But in a surprise move, the Bureau of Land Management closed 317 miles of trail this week. The organization cited environmental impact as the reason behind its decision as it moves to protect the fragile ecosystems found in the Utah desert. Most of the routes are located west of town. Read more about this shift here.
- Camping World Expands with Travelcamp Acquisition: This week, Camping World announced the acquisition of Travelcamp RV, a 12-store regional dealership located in Florida, Georgia, and North and South Carolina. The deal should be finalized in the next 90 days, bringing CW’s total number of stores to well over 200.
- Camping World and Instacart Join Forces for Same-Day Delivery: Speaking of Camping World, the company also announced this week that it is partnering with Instacart to bring same-day delivery to more than 185 stores. Using the Instacart website or app (iOS/Android), users can now place orders for their favorite camping gear and equipment and have it delivered to them at the campsite. To begin shopping, simply log in to Instacart and connect to the CW storefront.
- RVshare Names Northern California Top Travel Hub: San Francisco and Northern California top RVshare’s list of travel hubs in North America. The company, which allows RV owners to rent their vehicles online, shared its findings in a press release this week. Research data shows that more than 7,000 motorhomes and towables are available for rent in the state, where renters have spent over 10,000 nights in someone else’s RV. Big Sur and Yosemite National Park were also popular destinations for travelers.
- Airstream Announces Five Rivet Dealerships: Airstream has announced the recipients of its coveted Five Rivet status for the past quarter. The award goes to the dealerships that exemplify the brand’s five pillars (or, in this case, rivets) of customer service, which include authentic brand representation, superior shopping experience, seamless delivery service, quality service experience, and trusted long-term loyalty. For a list of the most recent winners, click here. And to search for a dealership near you, visit the Airstream website.Welcome to our weekly round-up of the latest news from the RV industry. As usual, we have a lot to cover, so let’s dive in:
That’s all for this week. Come back next Friday for another rundown of the biggest RV and camping stories that you may have missed.