by Pat Goss
Pat Goss: Every year more and more people are enjoying the highways and the scenery in our country by RVing. And to help explain some of the differences in the various types and so on is Mr. Dave Humphreys President of the RVIA (Recreation Vehicle Industry Association). Hi, Dave.
David Humphreys: Hi, Pat.
Pat: All right, first. What are we looking at right here?
Dave: This is called a folding camping trailer, or a pop-up. And it’s one of the towable, what we call towable products. You have travel trailers, fifth wheel trailers, truck campers and camping trailers.
Pat: All right. Now, these are the ones without engines.
Dave: That’s correct.
Pat: Okay. Now, they represent what portion of the market?
Dave: About half of all the units we make fall into this category.
Pat: All right. And what are their advantages?
Dave: Well, the big thing is they’re a lot less expensive because you don’t have to repeat the engine and so forth. Also, when you get to the campsite, you now have a way to drive around and see the area without towing the living quarters with you.
Pat: Gotcha. Okay, now, over here we have something totally different. What are we looking at in this? What class is this one?
Dave: Well, we call it a Class C. It’s probably more commonly known as a Minnie motor home. And it’s built on a truck chassis and it has a cab over. And really, it’s a wonderful product.
Pat: All right. And its advantage, say over the towable?
Dave: Well, I think that a lot of people like the driving. They want to be in there. They’d be a little nervous perhaps about towing. So you have an automotive environment, something they’re very familiar with, and they’re more comfortable.
Pat: Okay. What does it have as far as features?
Dave: Well, this unit has a lot of flexibility. There are more sleeping positions than you would find in a lot of others. This cab-over arrangement is very popular for storage, and of course kids can sleep up there. And of course price. It’s probably the least expensive of the motorized products.
Pat: Gotcha. All right, now. Back here we have something that is really impressive, at least to my way of thinking. What class is this?
Dave: Well, this is the top of the line. This is a Class A motor home. This particular one happens to be a pusher. You get a diesel engine. And it’s a great, great type of vehicle.
Pat: Pusher simply meaning that the engine’s in the back.
Pat: And the advantage to that is?
Dave: Well, I think the main thing people like is that the noise of the engine is very far removed from where the people normally are. In the Minnie motor home, the engine’s right there. So it’s a little bit louder.
Pat: And the other advantages to this over the Minnie?
Dave: Well, I think the most obvious thing is room, and there’s a tremendous amount of room. It might not have as many beds. It depends on the setup. But if you, for example, close up your house and decide to live in one, this is what you want.
Pat: And this one has all kinds of storage I noticed underneath.
Dave: Yes, that’s very popular. These storage bins go all the way through. The floor is actually pretty high, and those things are even heated. So that’s a big advantage.
Pat: It sounds like quite a piece of equipment.
Dave: It is.
Pat: All right. Thank you, Dave.
Dave: You bet.