History of RVs
People might find it surprising that RVs also known as recreational vehicles are around here since the car normalcy. The evolution of RVs is very astonishing, all thanks to American’s wanderlust and innovative nature. It is interesting to know that RVs have quite a rich history. If you want to dig a bit about how RVs came into existence and what made them look like this, keep reading below.
Gradual Modifications in RVs
The first RVs were manufactured as a single unit in the USA. It had limited capacity and facilities than we have now. RV took its time to be what it is now. Let’s have a look at it in different eras.
In the early 1900s, the first RV was hand-built on a vehicle. It was customized with an Icebox, radio, and incandescent lights on board. There was space for four adults in the first RV.
RVs were made available commercially by the 1910s. With the frequent availability of vehicles and increasing interest of population in camping and road trips, people usually used trailers and towable attached to the cars for the purpose.
The Great Depression
In 1920, most of the people started living on the road with their RVs, this was not an expedition but a consequence of the great depression. RVs were highly used during this crisis.
First Solid bodied RVs
Solid-bodied RVs came into existence in the 1930s, all thanks to Arthur G. Sherman (a bacteriologist). He built an RV with the help of a local carpenter. He installed proper furniture, windows, and cupboards. He called his masterpiece the “Covered Wagon”. Despite the sturdy price tag of the Covered Wagon, it was still popular.
Aid in World War II
During world war II, RVs were used to aid in the war to transport soldiers to places with their stuff.
RVs in recent time
RVs have been evolving ever since their idea came into the limelight. Nowadays RVs are loaded with full kitchenettes, rooms, and all the necessities anyone could find in the house. RVs are very much admired by pop musicians.
Pandemic and RVing
With the rise in Covid cases, the global economy was in crisis. With people driven to stay home, many people opted for RVing instead of going on vacations. There was a rise in RV sales by new buyers. People looked to RVs for a better recreational time in isolation. RVs demand has boomed during a pandemic because people wanted to stay on road and have fun rather than caged in houses. This resulted in high demand and lower RV supply. RV dealers are reporting an increase in RV sales (abc7news.com).
It is mindblowing how RVs transformed from gypsyish wagons to fully equipped camping vehicles. People are hitting roads more than ever before in their campers to enjoy road trips yet feeling home. After the pandemic, the demand for this recreational activity has taken road trips to next level. People are choosing RV trips over staying at home. This is a creative way to isolate in pandemic yet having fun!
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