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The sale of recreation vehicles are on the rise, and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down in the New Year. According to Forbes, RVIA President Richard Coon said he expects RV shipments of 335,000 units in 2014, which is 6.1 percent higher than 2013, and means that 2014 is bound to be a promising and intriguing year for RVing.

While other years have brought about improvements to the connectability and efficiency of 5th wheels, many people on Twitter (according to social media analytics tool ViralHeat) predict that 2014 will mark the year of enhancements to the design, comfort, and technology of RVs. With the numerous RV shows around the nation that have already occurred this year, we already have a glimpse into what 2014 holds for RVing, and below you’ll find the top 5 newest RVs, coolest additions and accessories, and expectations for the future of RVing.

1. 2014 Winnebago Travato
This is definitely the year for Winnebago. Debuting at 2014 Chicago Auto Show on Feb. 14, the new Winnebago Travato is a treat for those who want a compact and functional RV. The 20-foot Travato, based on the Ram Promaster chassis, is meant for two and is the newest Class B motorhome on Winnebago’s roster. Some cool features include exterior speakers, an outside-facing TV jack, and on the inside, a full kitchen, full bathroom, LED lighting and a 22-inch TV. The Travato is going for about $85,000. Also on the list of new Winnebago releases is the new Destination, its most luxurious 5th wheel ever, which was released at a December 2013 RV show. Winnebago also recently released the new Trend, Viva!, Forza, and Solei.

2. Thor Motor Coach Axis R.U.V.
Another hot item at all the RV shows this year is the 25.5-foot Axis recreational utility vehicle (RUV) made by Thor Motor Coach. It is essentially a luxury SUV and motorhome combined to form a compact, comfortable and stately Class A motorhome built on a Ford E-series chassis. The Axis has a single slide-out, removable coffee table, swivel captain chairs, and a unique double-hinged “extender-room” which extends the bathroom into the living room.

3. The 2014 Little Guy T@G Max
This teardrop-style trailer, an update from the classic 1940’s teardrop trailer, is the newest of the Little Guys collection. The T@G Max features the signature retro look, a queen-size bed, Prius towing capabilities, and is made of 100 percent aluminum, all for about $10,995. Little Guy also just released a Limited Edition teardrop that is made of antique stained birch wood.
4. Livin’Lite 2014 Game Day Trailer
From the maker of ultra-lightweight trailers, comes the granddaddy of them all – the Livin’Lite Game Day Trailer. This custom trailer boasts two built-in bars, a his and hers restroom, three 70-inch televisions, two Xbox systems, two football sofas, stainless steel grill, stainless steel kegerator, and a sound system all packed into a 7×24-foot space, providing the “ultimate tailgating experience.” Game days will never be the same.

5. Outdoor kitchens and attached decks
The newest addition to luxury in trailers and fifth wheels are outdoor kitchens and walkout decks. Most outdoor kitchens released this year feature a sink, 120 volt refrigerator and stove top and grill, such as the 2014 Wildwood Heritage Glen 312QBUD. Another emerging trend is attached decks, or walkout porches, that are a floor level with the living space. Long gone are the days of tarp and tents, since these new French doors opening to a covered porch allow lucky RV owners to live in the life of luxury. Some of these side porches fold down from a slide out and, while traveling, the closed deck protects the sliding glass doors.

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“The fuel prices don’t really impact RV sales quite the way a lot of people might think,” Kevin Broom, director of media relations for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), said. “Part of it is there’s so much savings already built into RVs that stay when fuel prices rise.”

The RVIA had San Francisco-based PKF Consulting look into that question, Broom said, and it concluded that fuel prices would have to get to nearly $10 a gallon before the most expensive RV — a Class A motorhome — would lose its economic advantage.

For travel trailers, fifth-wheels and folding campers, gas prices would have to rise to $15 to $20 a gallon before those vehicles lose their economic value, Broom said.

People may take shorter trips, Broom said, but people will still use them.

Rising fuel prices, though, can enter into the equation in other ways. The biggest is if they affect consumer confidence, he said. Another factor is the availability of consumer credit, which greatly affected RV sales in 2008.

In the recession, fuel prices did go up, but Broom noted, consumer confidence and credit availability were other key factors.

“There were so many things going on,” Broom said. “Fuel prices did go up, but at the same time we had home foreclosures and a credit freeze and this massive recession that went on. “Did RV sales drop because fuel prices went up or was it because there was this massive economic cataclysm?”

It’s hard to separate each factor, Broom said. “My guess would be that those larger economic factors like decline in home prices, like people losing employment, just the availability of credit,” he said. “Those were probably bigger factors than fuel prices.”

As it is, University of Michigan economist Richard Curtin is predicting a 5.1% increase for RV sales for the year in the spring issue of RV Roadsigns.

Curtin predicts RV shipments will reach 265,200 for 2012, which would be the third straight year of increased sales.

Curtin cited stronger economic growth, increased job opportunities and easing consumer credit as factors.

“We’re encouraged by that,” Broom said. “The economy is showing signs of growing, of recovering.”

Camping World is celebrating the grand opening of its new Jacksonville location, officially named Camping World of Jacksonville.

Formerly Suncoast RV, Camping World of Jacksonville encompasses both a Camping World retail store and Camping World RV Sales dealership. It is located at 9012 Beach Blvd.

The grand-opening celebration, which began with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Nov. 4, runs through next Sunday. Customers will find a good selection of hundreds of new and pre-owned RVs. In addition, there are daily camping accessory and parts specials, plus free door prizes to the first 50 customers each day and free coloring books for children. There will also be free lunch on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the grand-opening event.

“With its abundance of outdoor recreational activities and natural attractions, Jacksonville is an ideal location for Camping World,” said Camping World of Jacksonville General Manager of RV Sales Matt Bateh. “We look forward to continue serving the Florida, Southern Georgia and Jacksonville areas.

“This store – along with our new Birmingham store – is the first step to reaching 100 stores by 2014. We believe that the Greater Jacksonville market needed a full-service solution for RVers,” said Marcus Lemonis, Camping World’s chairman and CEO.

Camping World is the world’s largest retailer of recreational vehicles and provides outdoor enthusiasts more than 8,000 RV parts and accessories, service and collision centers along with other products and services to enhance the RV and outdoor lifestyle.

Today, the Lincolnshire, Ill.-based company serves more than 4 million RV enthusiasts with more than 81 RV lifestyle retail locations.

Camping World provides retail sale, finance, service and rental of recreational vehicles, with more than $300 million of new and used recreational vehicle inventory representing more than 13 RV manufacturers and 150 brand names.

In addition, Camping World currently operates in 33 states, including Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

For more information on Camping World of Jacksonville, call 1-877-508-5417 or go to campingworldofjacksonville.com.

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