In March, the RV Experience trade show brought hundreds of RV and outdoor brands together in Salt Lake City, Utah. Visitors to RVX got to see more than their fair share of exciting and innovative campers and trailers, including new, cutting-edge models that preview where the industry is headed.
RVX attendees were also treated to a sneak peak at what the distant future of camping itself may hold, thanks to a virtual-reality "campground of the future" presentation by Kampgrounds of America.
KOA has many bold predictions for the camping in the year 2030, beginning with the way people will book campsites. In addition to booking online through apps and onsite kiosks, campers may one day use virtual reality to experience a campsite before they book it, just to get an idea of what it will be like.
Geofencing is another technology that could be applied to campsites, as RVs entering the location could be automatically checked in and directed to their reserved site via lighted signs.
Looking at the delivery drones already in use by companies like Amazon, KOA predicts that delivery robots could provide firewood, packages and food to vacationers roughing it far from the nearest convenience store. The organization has also noted the increased emphasis on sustainability, and could see campgrounds focusing on ways to reduce their carbon footprint.
KOA envisions campsites in nearly every locale (and especially sunny desert climates) embracing solar power to run everything, including the RVs. Rather than plug in, future RV owners will drive onto a large, solar-powered pad to charge and power their rigs. The sunnier it is, the more energy and shade such setups would provide.
"We have a massive Solar Parasol structure that covers two acres of RV sites at our Tucson/Lazydays KOA Resort in Arizona," KOA president and CEO Toby O'Rourke told Curbed. "That structure supplies more than enough power for the campground, while providing partial cooling shade for the RVs parked beneath it."
Those who have grown accustomed to having personal assistants such as Siri and Alexa may also be excited to hear that voice-command technology is already being integrated into RVs by companies like Winnebago and Airstream. In fact, KOA thinks it's highly probable that the entire RV and camping experience will be voice-activated by 2030, as owners instruct their campers to roll out the awning or check the water levels.
Thankfully, even the most seemingly far-fetched visions of camping's future still include plenty of RVs and campers. One way to ensure a bright future for your own company is to offer great financing programs that enable customers to purchase the camper of their dreams. Talk to Aqua Finance today to find out how you can make these financing opportunities available to your customers.