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It’s an exciting time in the world of camping. One really big indicator of the growing enthusiasm is the sheer number of RVs that have been sold, cracking 500,000 shipments to dealers for the first time in 2017. We’re starting to see how this surge is translating to the campground in exciting ways; here are a few.

More ethnically diverse people
According to Kampgrounds of America’s (KOA) 2018 North American Camping Report, Hispanic, Asian and black folks are camping more and more. In 2017, half of the newest campers were from non-white groups and non-white people now comprise one-fourth of all campers. Get out there and make some new friends!

Younger people
According to a 2016 Nielsen study performed for Go RVing, in a single year, from 2015 to 2016, the average age of RV owners dropped from 48 to 45. And KOA reports that participation among millennial and Gen X households has grown steadily, exceeding what is observed in the general population. Enthusiasm to camp more frequently is also strong within younger groups.

More people
You’ll also find a more active campground in general. The KOA report says that 6 million new North American households have adopted the camping lifestyle since 2014. And the growth is having a sort of snowball effect: In the past three years, the number of campers who take three or more trips each year has grown 36 percent while the number of campers taking just one trip a year has dropped 10 percent.

Practical online resources
More people camping does mean busier campgrounds, but online tools have made it so much easier to check site availability and make reservations. RVparkreviews.com is great for finding reviews of campgrounds, while aggregators like Recreation.gov make it possible to find available campsites and book them no matter where you are.

More connectivity
While many head to the campground to disconnect, those who don’t want to abandon their connectivity completely, or like to work from the road, will be happy to find out that more and more campgrounds are equipped with WiFi networks.

A focus on pets
Pet owners know there’s almost nothing that makes you smile like the unbridled joy of a furry friend. Many campgrounds are pet-friendly, and now some have dedicated areas for them to run leash free. This is especially exciting for the city-dwelling pet owners who may not have the space to let their pets get up to full speed. Hey, pets need vacations too!

Better amenities
In addition to WiFi, campgrounds are adding washers and dryers, outdoor theaters, game rooms, organized activities and patio campsites. You can surely find a campground that suits the experience you’re looking for and who you’re traveling with.

The growth in RVing, and camping in general, is undeniable and the changes it’s driving at the campground are exciting. It’s encouraging to see new people giving the lifestyle a try and the conveniences that have come along to make it easier to do so.

Learn about how we are adapting our RVs to the modern camping scene by reading about trends in exteriors, storage design, and interiors.

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Young people are embracing the RV lifestyle like never before. They’re realizing RVs are a great way to tap into the countless benefits of some analog relaxation, uninterrupted time together and good old-fashioned fresh air. We understand this and are building units that make finding those experiences as easy as possible. Here are just a few examples of designs and features that are appealing to younger travelers and families.

Easy-to-tow units
Large SUVs are a popular option for young families with third rows, space for sporting gear, and added safety there are a lot of reasons that make them a smart choice. One other reason is that there are now many different RV options that are towable by SUVs—some of the smaller trailers can be towed by standard-sized SUVs, even minivans. You can learn more about some easy-to-tow RVs here.

Off-the-grid features
It’s true of just about everyone to some extent, but younger generations are especially inundated with digital information. Screen fatigue is a real thing and there are few better cures than getting off the grid and spending some time in nature. How are RV builders helping them do it? It’s with features like larger propane, water and waste tank capacities, storage, larger battery compartments, generators, solar options, and higher ground clearance. Each of these contribute to the ability to camp without hookups like those you’ll find at campgrounds.

Creatively comfortable sleeping arrangements
Larger RVs can sleep more than 10 people—bring all the friends! What’s just as exciting for growing families is that, thanks to smart design, many smaller trailers comfortably sleep more folks than it may appear. Even in lightweight trailers and shorter motorhomes, you’ll find floorplans with bunkhouses, Murphy beds, tri-fold sofas or hide-a-beds for just the right mix of flexibility and comfort.

Bluetooth ® connectivity
You’d be hard-pressed to find someone under 35 that doesn’t have a smartphone in their bag or pocket. Most of these devices are equipped with Bluetooth and RVs are adapting to accommodate the technology. Many speaker systems are now compatible with Bluetooth-capable mobile devices so parents and youngsters can have the music they want right when they want it—as they are now accustomed.

Stain guards
Spills, they’re almost inevitable, especially with little ones excitedly bouncing around. These minor mishaps don’t need to leave a lasting mark on your RV. Easy-to-clean vinyl flooring, seamless countertops (so crumbs and sugary drinks don’t get stuck) and carpets with stain guard are a few of features we’re building in to help prevent unsightly and deteriorating issues.

Modernized safety features

It goes without saying that safety is priority number one for families. RV builders are working hard to keep pace with some of the innovative advances we’ve seen in our everyday vehicles. For example, we’re building units prepped for, or with factory-installed, side view and backup cameras. Another trend is safety lighting. Many of our towable models are now equipped with the JaySMART™ (Safety Markers and Reverse Travel) lighting system. The system adds several external lights that more clearly signal driving intentions to fellow drivers and campground neighbors. You can see it in action or use our online demonstration tool here.

Family has always been important to us not only because we started as a family business, but also because we believe camping helps build stronger family bonds. You can learn more about the ideas that gave Jayco its start more than 50 years ago and the rest of our history here.

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Curious about the RV lifestyle? You may just fall in love with it if…

…you want to travel more.

…you want to have the comforts and conveniences of home with you when you travel.

…you’re in search of new and exciting experiences.

…you’re a history buff.

…you love to drive.

…you’re looking for a way to spend more time with your friends and family.

…you love to fall asleep to the sound of nature.

…you want to go places you’ve never been before.

…you have friends and family far and wide.

…you want to disconnect from your computer and mobile devices.

…airports stress you out.

…you want to make camping friends.

…you want more control over your vacation budget.

…you’re a grill master.

…you enjoy biking.

…you aren’t able to see a sky full of stars very often.

…a hike in the woods calms your soul.

…a little dirt between your toes is no big deal.

…you love the smell of a fire.

…you love s’mores.

…you have kids.

…you enjoy photography.

…peace and quiet is your cup of tea.

…you live in a big city.

…you enjoy kayaking or canoeing.

…you’re a sucker for a beautiful sunset.

…you already own a vehicle you can tow a trailer with.

…you’re always up for an adventure.

…you find the change of seasons beautiful.

…a run or swim is the perfect way to start a day.

…you have a dog.

…you enjoy riding ATVs.

…you prefer a flexible itinerary.

…experimenting with new ingredients and dishes is your thing.

…you’re drawn to the mountains.

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