From groundbreaking EVs to epic spaces designed to maximize work and play, here are the top trends for RV's in 2023:
1. Electric Vehicles Break New Ground
The RV market isn’t far behind auto manufacturers on the path toward electrification. While fully electric motorhomes are still in their concept phase or remain custom builds, there are some electric and fuel-efficient features that RV consumers can look forward to seeing in 2023.
One to watch is Winnebago’s new eRV2 prototype all-electric van. Built around the Ford E-Transit electric chassis, this innovative RV provides zero-emission power to both the drivetrain and the house. Boasting up to 7 days of boondocking capabilities, this Class B motorhome also offers numerous features crafted from recycled and sustainable materials, which allow you to further reduce your environmental impact.
2. Dedicated Office Spaces Continue to Hold Major Appeal
As people continue to embrace remote work, RV manufacturers have leaned more into crafting floor plans that allow workers to ditch traditional workplaces in favor of a digital nomad lifestyle.
This year, Keystone launched the new Montana 3941FO fifth wheel, which features a sizable, private front office space. Forest River rolled out an easier-to-tow option in the 23-foot Wildwood 163RDSK couple’s travel trailer, which serves up a dedicated desk in the rig’s main living space.
3. Gathering Spaces Extend Beyond the Traditional Dinette
Those more concerned about enjoying their rigs after the workday is done will find that entertainment spaces are also taking front and center in new 2023 floor plans, with outdoor TVs, abundant seating, and onboard bars becoming more prevalent.
This greater emphasis on expanding entertaining spaces has also led many RV manufacturers to begin shifting away from including bulky dinettes and now offer more compact high-top seating and expanded lounge seating with removable tables. Kitchen islands are increasingly serving double duty as dining space, as found in the new Brinkley RV Model G prototype toy hauler, which features an expandable island countertop that adjusts to seat more diners as needed.
4. The Ability to Customize to the Max
Whether you’re looking to work hard or play hard, manufacturers are striving to meet the increasingly diverse needs of today’s RVers, with many creating floor plans that offer the opportunity for easy customizations on the part of the consumer.
For those looking to customize their own adventure van, the new Ford Transit Trail Van promises “the perfect platform to design and build a campervan.” This rig is designed specifically to be easy to configure and customize yourself, or through Ford’s network of modifiers, giving DIYers a range of options to suit their travel needs.
5. An RV That Feels Like Home Sweet Home
The ability to customize, along with the continued move to residential-style features and finishes within RVs, allows travelers to make their rig feel even more like home. So, it’s no surprise that sales of the most “homey” of all RVs, destination models, are on the rise.
From new two-story, family-friendly loft floor plans, such as the Forest River Salem Villa 42VIEW, to the Crossroads Hampton HP374BAR, a not-so-tiny home that makes the perfect couple’s retreat, there are more destination options than ever before. And for many consumers, rising housing costs have made RVs an even more appealing and cost-effective option for full-time or seasonal living.
RVers will have a lot to look be excited about while shopping for a new camper in the new year. From groundbreaking EVs to epic spaces designed to maximize work and play, RVers are sure to find a rig that will fit their every need!
See you on the road!