As the RV sales boom continues, with Class B motorhome registrations up an amazing 22.8 percent for the year, Roadtrek remains firmly in the number one spot as the best-selling Class B RV in North America.
The final figures for 2014 show Roadtrek maintaining its its long-held position as the top-selling Class B manufacturer with 35.2 percent of the Class B market, followed by Winnebago Industries Inc. (25.4 percent) and Thor Industries Inc.
The data comes from RV measurement firm Statistical Surveys.
Just by the email and comments I receive here on the blog and from those whose stories I hear as we travel around North America and meet other Class B owners, I think there are two big trends behind the explosive growth of the Class B market:
1) Baby Boomer Retirees
Each day in America, 10,000 Baby Boomers reach Social Security age. Sociologists tell us this generation of retirees is the most healthy, active, affluent and adventurous of any other group that came before. Many, retiring early because of buy-outs or being forced out during the economic downturn, have made calculated decisions to seize the opportunity to see the country. Others have planned for this moment for years. But new retirees are choosing Class B’s because of their easy mobility and the convenience of also being able to use them as second vehicles.
2) RV Downsizers
There is also a sizable contingent of new Class B owners who are downsizing from a Class A or C. These are typically veteran RVers who have been on the road for several years. Some are fulltimers who have found an area of the country to purchase a home and settle, but still want to be able to travel in comfort. Others want to be more flexible in the places they go and are downsizing as part of a transition to simplify their lives or are tired of towing a second vehicle or being relegated to pull through spots and full service campgrounds.
There's also a lot of pent-up demand from buyers who were sacred off by the economy and are now comfortable in making a big purchase.
I know Jennifer and I are sure glad we are in this small motorhome lifestyle.
In fact, my only regret is I wish we had bought years ago. I spent too much time wondering if I could afford it. The truth is, as my friend Yan Seiner says when he faced the same issue, I could not afford to do it. The clock is ticking. I want every moment of the time have left to count.
Jim Hammill, the Roadtrek President, has a very powerful illustration that brings this home.
He says take out a tape measure. Ask yourself how long you think you will live. Say it’s 90. Then ask, how many years will you be healthy enough to enjoy RV traveling. Say the answer to that is 85. Put your finger on the 85 inch mark. Now put another finger on your current age. The length of time between those numbers is how much time you have left. Look at those numbers from one to your current age. They went by pretty fast, didn’t they? Now look at the numbers between 85 and your current age.
There really is no time to waste.
We all have a bucket list.
Jennifer and I are filling ours.
We just wish we had started earlier because now that we’re Roadtreking, we keep adding to it as we see what an incredible world is out there just waiting to be explored..