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Old 08-01-2016, 03:50 PM   #1
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Survey of RV owners

Has anyone ever conducted a survey of RV owners? Specifically a breakdown of age groups and the type of RV they own?

I am really curious as to how many RV owners fall into the 40+ age group with no kids living at home and a lot of toys (like motorcycles and jet skis) that they would like to take with them camping. Very specifically how many would like to carry more than one toy at a time.

Likewise I would be interested in knowing what the market would be for 5th wheels built in two story concept (IE: garage UNDER rear bedroom). Yes I know about Grand Design 376 with it's tiny garage under the rear bed floorplan---step in the right direction but only carries one toy......
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I thought about that too, but afraid I could not go under many overpasses, and end up slicing off that 2nd story
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I kinda fell into that category, tried to take it all with me for 2.5 years. gave up back in a class a and much happier now lol! That whole less is more thing.


The weight would also be a problem. My toy hauler was 19,200 loaded. that is a lot to pull.
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A real market research survey, suitable for a business plan requesting funding, will not come from an Internet forum. You need to get a more representative sample than you can get here.
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Oh but I do have kids
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The RVIA does a lot of that stuff, but they don't make it all public. Especially customer satisfaction data!

But here is some of it:
The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association: RV Ownership Trends
The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association: FAQs
The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association: Market Data and Trends

And some other sources:
https://data.sca.isr.umich.edu/fetchdoc.php?docid=24777
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Seems like the vast majority of folks on here are class A owners. I was too but the cost of ownership vs a 5th wheel just didn't make sense to me. Yeah there is the prestige of pulling up in a big diesel pusher but the first time you have sit on the side of the road with a busted transmission or dead engine that goes out the window. Granted you can tow a lot of toys in an enclosed trailer behind one and it would be one way to go to cure our "carry it all" crisis. But the class A route just doesn't make much sense for us even if we were full timers. You just get so much more value for your dollar with the 5th wheel.
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the first time you have sit on the side of the road with a busted transmission or dead engine that goes out the window. Granted you can tow a lot of toys in an enclosed trailer behind one and it would be one way to go to cure our "carry it all" crisis. But the class A route just doesn't make much sense for us
Really....I just wonder how many have busted transmissions or dead engines along side of the road. In all our travels and being around full-timing folks all the time, we've never heard of it. Most Class A owners tow a car behind or perhaps a car inside a trailer. Help is easy, if needed. It 'could' happen but the odds are slim if you maintain your vehicle properly.

OP: RVs come in all sizes and shapes. You just have to decide which is best for you. You might have to leave some of your toys behind.
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Had a fifth wheel, went threw 4 transmissions. Haven't had that since I went class A
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Had a fifth wheel, went threw 4 transmissions. Haven't had that since I went class A
Was the truck underpowered for the 5th wheel you were pulling?
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OP: RVs come in all sizes and shapes. You just have to decide which is best for you. You might have to leave some of your toys behind.


That's the trick about a Market Economy...they will build what buyers demand. No need for public surveys. And, no need to leave your toys behind.

Want a two story toy hauler (that fits under the Federal 13.5' height max) go look at the Outlaw Class A
https://thormotorcoach.com/outlaw/class-a/

There's really no reason for a 2 story towable Tour Hauler...but like said the Momentum (Grand Design) 376TH is part-way there.
https://www.granddesignrv.com/showro...oorplans/376th
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The husband's do most of the talking on this forum, so now I'm looking to hear what the wives have to say about their coaches. I'm wondering what the wives LIKE MOST about their RV of choice or what they also dislike most. I'm in a Newmar Class A and I wish I had heated floors and I love my large kitchen. My husband wants a second bathroom.
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The husband's do most of the talking on this forum, so now I'm looking to hear what the wives have to say about their coaches. I'm wondering what the wives LIKE MOST about their RV of choice or what they also dislike most. I'm in a Newmar Class A and I wish I had heated floors and I love my large kitchen. My husband wants a second bathroom.
Like the king size bed and the residential refridgerator. Don't like the small kitchen prep area & while there is plenty of storage it is mostly the overhead hinge up ( tough on shoulders) type . Even a small pantry would be helpful for access. .
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