Consumers are continually kept informed of the technological advances incorporated into automobiles. Recreation vehicles are not left out of the scheme of things. Wi-Fi connectivity and digital appliances are only a couple of the conveniences that someone renting or buying an RV currently enjoy. For the delight of motor home enthusiasts, Traveland RV encourages camping fans to take a look at some of the latest improvements and technology that manufacturers are now offering in the various models of vehicles designed for the pleasure of travel and outdoor fun.
Standard pin boxes are now replaced with shock absorbing boxes that practically eliminate the swaying motion formerly produced when towing 5th wheels. Travel trailers received similar improvements in the form of upgraded hitches. Electric or hydraulic braking systems now take the place of older surge brakes. In an effort to protect the many internal features of RVs, engineers incorporated shock absorbers under 5th wheel motor homes, which also serve to offer a smoother ride while enhancing towing ability.
Nearly 30 years ago, RV manufacturers introduced slide-outs that increased the overall interior space. Though adding to comfort, the technology required the inconvenience of having to manually pull out the extensions. Occasionally, campers experienced trouble when attempting to accomplish the task, as slide-outs got stuck or bound. Now, set-up at a campsite happens much more quickly as everything occurs at the push of a button. The technology also includes electronic jacks and automatic leveling, which helps prevent mechanical failure. These advances additionally offer increased levels of safety. In the event of a storm or in the presence of heavy winds, motor home owners and renters need only press a button to close an awning. However, some elite models now come equipped with electronic sensors that automatically retract awnings in adverse weather conditions.
Two decades ago, CD players and microwave ovens were the hottest additions that ensured home away from home comfort. Today, the array of amenities includes convection ovens, large flat screen TVs and entertainment centers equipped with surround sound. Luxury models also offer smart pads that are programmed to adjust lighting and control entertainment centers, along with performing other functions. Various companies have also added leather furnishing options, bunk beds, sleep number beds and partial baths installed in the middle of larger mobile homes.
As fans of outdoor fun, RV enthusiasts not surprisingly are also interested in reducing the carbon footprint. Manufacturers are making this possibility a reality by equipping vehicles with energy-efficient appliances and fuel-cell technology to power generators. Other options include solar panels, solar equipped awnings and wind turbines to power electrical components.
The overall size of motor homes has also traditionally not been equated with fuel efficiency. Improvements in this area includes lighter, smaller, more aerodynamically designed vehicles. Many weigh less than 7,500 pounds and are easily towed by half or one-ton pickup trucks. In keeping up with the automotive industry, motor home design engineers have also helped create diesel/electric hybrid vehicles that reportedly improve fuel efficiency levels by up to 40%.