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Old 08-16-2013, 09:19 PM   #1
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What advancements do you see in 5 years?

I wonder what we will see as far as RV advancements in the future. I bet we see hybrid drive, that would be awesome with higher fuel milage, I would love to see a fridge that doesn't require leveling.
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Old 08-17-2013, 08:28 AM   #2
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I wonder what we will see as far as RV advancements in the future. I bet we see hybrid drive, that would be awesome with higher fuel milage, I would love to see a fridge that doesn't require leveling.
I'm with you on the fridge . I can always sleep out of level somewhat if my head is up. Even if they had a red light that told you... Nope you are too far out of level or a green light for you are still good !
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I read somewhere that modern gas absorption fridges can withstand 6 degrees out of level without problems. I'd rather see manufacturers installing residential fridges and beefed up inverters.
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I would like to see 90% efficent furnaces. I do think we will see more factory installed solar systems. And, there are more efficent insulation materials that should come into use. I would like to see better ST tires. And a small factory installed printing press for making more money.
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All,

I'm seeing a trend toward folks getting out of their big Class As in favor of drivability and maneuverability.

That said, this emerging market will demand the stuff they've become used to. Roadtrek's new E-Trek is a move in the right direction in being an all electric coach. The battery technology will have to catch up. I for one, will not be an early adopter for Lithium batteries. They're too dangerous to sleep on top of.

I see:

1. More tankless hot water heaters.
2. More use of hydronic furnaces and under floor heating.
3. More use of fuel cells.
4. More use of diesel fueled stoves.
5. More efficient daylight solar panels.
6. More manufacturers going slightly larger and following Leisure Travel Van's lead.
7. Dry baths.
8. Near full size twin beds.
9. More all season features like dual pane windows, thermal shades, and four wheel drive to meet the needs of the skiing family and those who want to leave home in northern climes for respite in the sunny south.
10. More use of compressor refrigerators.
11. More use of cassette toilets.

That's my short list.

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I think we will see more two rear doors on vans, leading to slide outs at reasonable prices.

Hard side retractable lofts.

More that will sleep 4

Much better batteries. As said better, cheaper solar.

Accident prevention detectors. More computer intrusions. Thus more unnecassary complexity.
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We are already seeing a trend toward LEDs replacing the traditional incandescent light bulbs.

Eventually, I would expect to see lithium batteries replacing the lead-acid batteries we are stuck with now. The hybrid vehicles are using lithium batteries, so the price should keep coming down as the volume rises.

Small fuel cells to use instead of generators already exist, but the prices are prohibitive. I would hope to see somebody come out with one at a reasonable price.

Currently, pure sine wave inverters are usually at least three times the price of similarly sized modified sine wave inverters. The components in the PSW type are really not that much more expensive. I would hope to see the price dropping.

Now, I am really dreaming. There are already cars that parallel park themselves. Why not a system to automatically back a TT or 5er into a designated spot?

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I do see LED lighting becoming more common place as well. I do see a trend toward class C and I see super Cs becoming popular as well for the diesel power.
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  • LED lighting will become the norm
  • Factory solar options
  • AGM house batteries will become the norm
  • Residential refrigerator options on most all RV's
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I wouldn't mind of someone made a super quiet genset.
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Quality from their suppliers. Quality from their engineers. Quality from the assemblers & quality from their inspectors.
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Quality from their suppliers. Quality from their engineers. Quality from the assemblers & quality from their inspectors.
I sure understand what you are saying, but Class B's are already $100,000 imagine what they would charge incorporating all of that into the mix.
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Tankless water heaters, hydronic heating, solar panels, more efficient air conditioning.

The biggest difference I see is the expansion of B's into the North American made larger vans ala ProMaster & Transit, and possibly a Chevy/GMC European inspired van, with gas & diesel options
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I sure understand what you are saying, but Class B's are already $100,000 imagine what they would charge incorporating all of that into the mix.
I think the class Bs are a bit overpriced, you can get a nice class C for the price of a Road treck.
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