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  • Published on Oct 17, 2014

    Recreational Vehicles

    For more than 100 years the recreational vehicle has been a staple of the American lifestyle. By offering a space to travel and sleep all in one, the RV changed the way Americans thought of camping and togetherness in general. It not only redefined the road trip, but it also redefined camping.

    To understand where the recreational vehicle is now, you have to go back to where it started, and boy has it come a long way.

    The Start

    The first RV that was introduced here in America was in 1910. It was named the Pierce-Arrow’s Touring Landau  and it was shown at the world most famous arena, Madison Square Garden. The Landau had a basic bed that folded down from the back seat, a chamber pot toilet and a sink that folded down from the back of the seat as well. It wasn’t much, but it was the start of a revolution.
     
    1910 not only marked the first RV, but it also marked the first camping trailers that were made as well. Soon, manufacturers were producing what they called auto campers at a high rate.

    But that production slowed when the crash of 1929 and the Depression hit. The depression limited the discretionary income that families had to purchase RVs with. With many families strapped for cash, RVs took a back seat to basic survival needs. After the depression came another event, World War II, where rationing stopped production of RVs for consumer use altogether. The start of the RV boom was cut short, but only for a while. The draw of the recreational vehicle was just to great to keep people away.

    The Rise 

    After World War II, young families were seeking inexpensive ways to travel with each other. The blooming highway system offered a way to go a long ways much quicker than before, and just like that another RV boom began to happen in the 1960’s.

    As automobiles became more advanced and safer, people took to traveling more and more. With more travel came an increased popularity for national and regional parks as well. Campgrounds began to spring up with hundreds of campsites and amenities to accommodate the growing number of families traveling by car and recreational vehicle. These first campgrounds paved the way for campgrounds now to offer great amenities to their guests.

    In 1967, RV manufacturer Winnebago began mass-producing “America’s first family of motorhomes.” There were five models that ranged from 16 to 27 feet long, and were sold starting at the small price of just $5,000. From there, more manufacturers started to come along and push Winnebago for the title of “affordable family living”. Not only did this increase sales, it also advacned the RV industry greatly.

    Present Day

    As RVs become more sophisticated, time will only tell what they have in store for us in the future. With several different types of recreational vehicles available on the market, most families can find an RV that not only fits their needs, but also their budget.

    According to a 2005 University of Michigan study most families that have an RV travel for 26 days and an average of 4,500 miles annually. Where will your new RV take you?

    Trailside RV

    Here at Trailside RV we believe we offer a wide selection of both new and used recreational vehicles. If you are in the market for a new RV, come on down to Trailside RV and let us show you why buying with us makes all the difference. Stop by our location in Grain Valley, Missouri today or give us a call! We look forward to helping you find your perfect RV.

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