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Old 07-19-2021, 04:48 PM   #1
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The RV frenzy is just a fad.

It's not because of the china virus. I camped recently at a large commercial campground in the Midwest. Not one person of any age was distancing or wearing a mask.

What one dog has the other wants. Currently there is a shortage thus people rush to get one before it's too late further compounding the frenzy.

It's the same as Barbies, baseball cards, Beanie Babies and Bitcoins.

The RV frenzy is just a fad.
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Iíve been stuck in this fad for 35 years. Hate to see the end coming.

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It's not because of the china virus. I camped recently at a large commercial campground in the Midwest. Not one person of any age was distancing or wearing a mask.

What one dog has the other wants. Currently there is a shortage thus people rush to get one before it's too late further compounding the frenzy.

It's the same as Barbies, baseball cards, Beanie Babies and Bitcoins.

The RV frenzy is just a fad.
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Old 07-19-2021, 05:08 PM   #3
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Itís not just RVs, new home construction, massive home renovations, people buying new cars. Yea, itíll all settle out soon
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Old 07-19-2021, 09:06 PM   #4
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So you're saying that RVs are the new toilet paper??
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So you're saying that RVs are the new toilet paper??
They seem to be built from toilet paper these days.
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So you're saying that RVs are the new toilet paper??
Good analogy.
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Old 07-20-2021, 08:44 AM   #7
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They seem to be built from toilet paper these days.
The sad thing is these RVís built during Covid(2020-2021) seem to have even worse build quality than before. In the coming years these used RVís will be falling apart, making them the years to avoid in the used market.
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https://jalopnik.com/vanlifers-are-parting-ways-with-their-vans-as-the-world-1847308157?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=news_tab &utm_content=algorithm

This might be the beginning of the end of the current rv frenzie.
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Old 07-20-2021, 09:00 AM   #9
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The sad thing is these RVís built during Covid(2020-2021) seem to have even worse build quality than before. In the coming years these used RVís will be falling apart, making them the years to avoid in the used market.
Couldn't agree more. I have some contacts in the industry that tell me there's enormous quality problems with the current builds.
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Disagree on it not being related to covid. Different people have different risk avoidance levels. Theose most afraid are still at home, ordering groceries online, and driving alone in their car with a mask on.

Those somewhat afraid saw RVs as a somewhat safe way to travel and drove up sales.

Those of us that were not afraid were denied most other forms of travel. Nations closed borders, cruises shut down, flights canceled, hotels shuttered, ... I had a trip to Scandinavia canceled for May 2020.

Personally I bought my trailer just before 4th of July 2020 for a camping trip I had been taking sleeping in my truck tent for years. I realized I was getting too old for that (75%), and had extra cash from not spending $$$$$ in Norway plus lockdown savings(25%). If COVID didn't happen it is highly unlikely I would be a member here now.

Will I still be here in five years? Probably 50/50. I may be part of the fad.
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I bought a Jayco tt last September and the build was fine by low price travel trailer standards. I just got an Airstream tt built in April and itís fine too. So based on a sample of two I say build quality is the same as it always was.


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Disagree on it not being related to covid. Different people have different risk avoidance levels. Theose most afraid are still at home, ordering groceries online, and driving alone in their car with a mask on.

Those somewhat afraid saw RVs as a somewhat safe way to travel and drove up sales.

Those of us that were not afraid were denied most other forms of travel. Nations closed borders, cruises shut down, flights canceled, hotels shuttered, ... I had a trip to Scandinavia canceled for May 2020.

Personally I bought my trailer just before 4th of July 2020 for a camping trip I had been taking sleeping in my truck tent for years. I realized I was getting too old for that (75%), and had extra cash from not spending $$$$$ in Norway plus lockdown savings(25%). If COVID didn't happen it is highly unlikely I would be a member here now.

Will I still be here in five years? Probably 50/50. I may be part of the fad.

I also disagree on it not being related to COVID. We are also part of the fad and likely would not have bought a TT if not for COVID. The primary driver was the elimination of international travel.

I expect we will keep and continue to enjoy the TT, but less frequently when travel opens up again. So, if traveling out of the country, won't be using the TT. If home and not using the TT, will be using the boat trying to catch a few trout. My cup is full!
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Old 07-21-2021, 10:05 PM   #13
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COVID was obviously a huge boost to the industry but at this point I think the inflated housing market and fear of inflation is sustaining the momentum.
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Old 07-21-2021, 10:23 PM   #14
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For me the fad has been going on since I camped with my parents at age 1.
For my wife age 16. We got back into it in 2018 with my parents 96 Flair. We've used the RV for camping, and baseball tournaments for our son. During the pandemic we use the RV as a restaurant, getting hot food with curbside delivery.

For us its a fad, that keeps evolving. Will say however, hopefully the RV traffic gets a bit lighter, or more campgrounds are built. Making reservations 6-12 months in advance in not always much fun. Miss the 1990's when getting a camp site (last second) was almost never a problem.
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