The Growing Manufacturing Industry of RVs

Recreational vehicles or RV for short, have come a long way from where they first started. These recreational vehicles are used by millions of people to fuel their wanderlust.  RVs are being used for a wide variety of uses from weekend fund to full time campers. More specifically, at least 8 million American households own RVs, according to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association.

RVs allow people to travel, whilst enjoying the comforts that come with a modern home. How did this discovery that offers both convenience and comfort come to be? Truth is, RVs, also known as caravans in the United Kingdom, have been around for centuries.

Let us take a look at how they began, as well as their current growth and popularity today.

The History of Recreational Vehicles

Historians state that the concept of RVs first begun in Europe. As opposed to its recreational use today, it was used for utilitarian purposes by gypsies and nomads. These particular individuals lived out of horse/ oxen- drawn caravans while travelling from place to place.

During their travels, they would try to make a living out of selling and promoting their goods and services. Over time, these simple caravans continued to evolve to fit the needs of people.

In 1910, America introduced the production of motorized recreational vehicles. More specifically, it was Pierce- Arrow’s Touring Landau that introduced these new RVs to the scene. The Landau vehicles featured a small kitchen and even a bedroom.

Soon after, Auto- Kamp Trailers and Trailer Works manufactured their very own RVs. The 1920s saw the inception of travel enthusiasts. The Tin Can Tourists. These individuals fueled the love and growth of RVs considerably.

The 1930s welcomed a new breed of manufacturers such as Ford and Winnebago. In a bid to create something new, they introduced caravans fully equipped with electricity.  Moreover, they mass produced larger and wider caravans, all protected by an aluminium shell.

Winnebago RVs have a history of their own.  Check out our article on “the History of Winnebago RVs.”  It is interesting read on this iconic RV manufacturer.


The growth and popularity of RVs, however; boomed in the 1950s. Manufactures got more serious on releases different designs that featured comfort and convenience. Admittedly, the hippie era helped quite a lot in the revolution of the caravan.

Airstream Trailer

As the desire for travel grew, so did the recreational vehicle companies grow. As the needs and wants of travel enthusiast grew and changed, so did the look and production of the RV change. Now, RVs have evolved to fit into the technological world that we live.

Current RV Trends

Trends are always changing. Due to that, so are the RVs. Today’s RV trend include smaller sized motor- homes, with amazing floor plans. You can now have your very own living room in your RV, as well as flaunt your very own kitchen island.

Class B RVs with its modern design is able to offer most every luxury offered by larger RVs.  Innovative use of space and sleek design is resulting in these smaller RVs being popular with travelers who want a small vehicle that is easier to drive.

Undoubtedly, there is more room for flexibility and versatility in today’s RVs. Moreover, they also come with smart features that allows you to use your devices while travelling.

Types of RVs

There are different types of RVs available in the market. Each comes with a different look and capabilities to suit individual preferences. RVs can be classified into two main types: Motorized and Towable RVs.

Motorized RVs include the class A, class B and Class C type RVs. Class A is the largest and has more features that offer convenience and comfort. Motorized RVs are a great investment for travel enthusiasts and long road trips.


Trailer RV

Towable RVs, however; are detached from the vehicle. These types of Motorhomes are great for those that only travel for short periods of time. Towable RVs include the Folding Camping Trailer, Expandable Trailer, Fifth-Wheeler, Truck Camper, Sports Utility RV, and the Travel RV Trailer.

In conclusion, recreational vehicles are not going anywhere.  Both the older generation, families, and even millennials are getting on-board with the RV lifestyle. In fact, with each passing year, they seem to be growing more in terms of popularity. According to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association, they recorded a sale of at least 430, 000 RVs.  Moreover, the year 2018 has seen an increase in sales of at least 15%.