R.V. Life Means Never Having to Leave Home (or the Office)This article is a part of our brand-new Currents series, which explores how technology is quickly altering our way of life.
The American deployments of Isaac Garrett Since their marriage in 2016, Navy has required Brittany Garrett to live apart from her husband on a number of occasions.
R.V. Life Means Never Having to Leave Home (or the Office)
The pair didn’t decide to put their long-discussed plan of continual companionship into action until February of this year. They sold their home in Virginia Beach and set out on a cross-country road trip with a heavy-duty vehicle towing a 22-foot trailer (first an S.U.V., then a pickup truck).
The last few months presented Ms. Garrett, 26, with the opportunity to make up for “all the lost time when he was gone”—the time she had spent apart from her husband.
We are in our mid-20s without children, so a two-bedroom, three-bathroom house wasn’t necessary for us, despite what society tells you to do at that stage of your life, according to Ms. Garrett, a recruitment manager for a child-care agency who works from home. As a result, we have reduced our workforce.
Even after the Garretts became RV owners, the Oscar-winning movie “Nomadland,” about a wandering RV owner, was released. According to Monika Geraci, a representative for the RV Industry Association, there are currently 11.2 million recreational vehicles in North America.
Ownership has Climbed By 26%
R.V. In the past ten years, ownership has climbed by 26%, and in March, new RV sales shattered all previous records with slightly more than 54,000 sent to dealers in North America.
According to dealers and internet markets, there is a significant market for used campers, trailers, buses, and vans. The latest models from Airstream are always improving, according to president and CEO Bob Wheeler.
Rollout awnings with integrated solar power panels and grey water reusing technology could be the next big things. He exudes enthusiasm.
As Mr. Wheeler noted, “the velocity of change is growing,” and as one researcher put it, “it is up to us to foresee and build systems that are adaptive.”
Cary Auburn, a retired lawyer from Colorado and an experienced camper, is amazed by the development. For those of us who have been RVing for a while, the technology is advancing at an astonishing rate.
Mr. Auburn claims that such times are long gone when batteries only gave a small amount of power and water was flushed away in the woods.
It’s impossible to find yourself in a scenario where you don’t have the resources you require, according to Dave Simso, proprietor of Dave’s RV Center in Danbury, Connecticut.
Newmar Brand can Cost as Much as $1.3 Million
RVs under the Newmar brand can cost as much as $1.3 million and start at just under $200,000. The general manager of the business, Dave Jr., the son of Mr. Simso, claims that even producers of RVs with moderate price tags have consistently made an effort to stay up with new technologies, even in the days when “new” meant microwaves and DVD players.
The booming aftermarket allows for the upgrading of older models. The president and owner of RV Designer, John Tinghitella, deems the topic of toilets “icky,” and the majority of the focus is on the internet, portable electricity, and this issue.
When it comes to hitting the “flush,” we’ve been doing it for as long as we can remember, according to Mr. Tinghitella, a member of the RV Industry Association.
This isn’t always the case when travelling, which has given rise to numerous toilet improvements.
The Garretts usually park their RV in a campground and connect to a sewer connection so they can use their gravity flush toilet. A dump station is necessary to empty the holding tank in all other cases. The process, in Mr. Garrett’s words, is “my job,” but his wife, like many others, finds it “grotesque.”