A Motorhome Takes Manhattan
2014 Fleetwood Storm
April 23, 2014, Manhattan, NYC
-- The typical New York reaction to a state-of-the-art, 30-foot house on wheels: “You’re gumming up traffic.”
The observation—delivered through a driver’s open window—was valid, and the feedback was instructive. In fact, indigenous observations were part of the idea when Bloomberg Businessweek
arranged to help deliver the monstrous Fleetwood Storm to an exposition in midtown Manhattan, with me at the wheel.
With roughly 9 million recreational vehicles in the U.S., the odds of seeing one in urban traffic are better than ever. And thanks to a burgeoning economy and a tide of cheap financing, the RV industry is poised for its best year of sales in nearly a decade. The Recreational Vehicle Industry Association expects sales to grow by about 6 percent this year, with about 340,000 new vehicles rolling out of dealerships.
(Check out the neat video of this motorhome taking Manhattan)