Day two of coverage from the 2014 National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky. looks at “E-Treknology” and the way it is revolutionizing RV travel.  Plus, we expose the biggest secret in the RV world — how Park units are becoming a hot new trend of “camping without a camper.”

Jennifer and I are in Louisville and in our continuing coverage of the National RV Trade show, we interview a slew of experts for inside info on the trends that will be shaping your RV travel for months to come

Here are the shownotes from Episode 11 of Roadtreking the Podcast:

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After answering a reader question about credit card security while on the road, they tap into the latest in RV trends by interviewing Bill Sheffer, of the Michigan Association of Recreational Vehicles and Campsites, one of the largest and mst influential such groups in the county. Sheffer tells us:

  • Why RV sales are continuing to boom
  • The latest trends he's seeing in RV demographics
  • Why so-called “Park Units” may be the next big trend in RVs.
The control console on the Roadtrek TS Adventurous is one example of "E-Treknology"

The control console on the Roadtrek TS Adventurous is one example of “E-Treknology”

My next interview is with Yan Seiner, a Roadtreking Reporter on the Roadtreking.com RV Travel blog and an engineer at Roadtrek Motorhomes.

Yan explain how “E-Treknology “is finding its way into the Class B small motorhome market, the evolution of electronic and green energy systems first introduced in Roadtrek's Etrek model two years ago.

Seiner explains:

  • How power management systems in modern motorhomes now involve sophisticated systems like solor power, engine generators and on-board high tech monitoring systems.
  • How an iPad or Android tablet or a smartphone can now remotely control and monitor critical RV energy, lighting, security and comfort featur

And finally, I interview RV industry veterans Bob Zagami… John DiPietro RV Insights, who discuss:

  • The use of Park models for extended stay camping, sometimes called Destination Camping

    ParkUnit

    A Park model offers 400 square feet of living. It's classified as an RV because it was on wheels. Lots of different companies are now selling them and campgrounds are setting up special areas for them

  • How you can get two of them for price of a used motorhome, one for up north in the summer, one in the south for wintertime
  • Why RVing is experiencing a huge resurgence because it connects people to places and each other
  • Younger families are rapidly becoming a major demographic
  • Cabin and “yurt” rentals are the biggest income producers for many campgrounds these days, “camping without a camper.”

We'll be back with another bonus episode of the podcast tomorrow as Day Three of the National RV Trade Show ends.
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