Get To The Chopper

Get to the chopper was a line used by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the movie “Predator”.

I just did not ever expect to see one on top of an RV.

I am not sure if Furrion is getting into the coach building business or not. They built this one for the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this month.

Furrion’s vision is a bit ambitious: to make the future perfect.

Today, our mission is to reinvent luxury living for a new generation, helping our customers escape the constraints of everyday life and live a future of limitless possibilities.

It is this clear, idealistic vision that drives everything we do. Creating perfection isn’t easy, but we’ll never stop trying.

This video gives a walkthrough of the Elysium coach by Furrion. I somehow doubt that I will ever see one on the road.

Tampa RV SuperShow

It is a big show, the Tampa RV SuperShow. And some of my family attended the show this year. They even sent us photos in front of what appeared to be a Newmar Dutch Star like our Castaway.

The Tampa Bay Times carried an article which predicted a big turnout, over 70,000 attendees.

For industry representatives like Alonso, this year’s event is shaping up to be a record breaker.

“Ever since Trump won the election, people are going crazy spending money,” Alonso said.

The event has pulled in about 63,000 people for the past two years. If the weather holds up, Dave Kelly, head of marketing for the Florida RV Trade Association, has set the ambitious goal of 70,000 attendees.

The gate was 70,528.

From RV Business:

In fact, each of the first four days set an attendance high compared to past years which, despite a Sunday (Jan. 22) storm that brought rain and wind to the show’s Tampa-based venue, resulted in an overall gate of 70,528 people – a total that eclipsed 2015’s record of 63,264 by 7,264, according to Lance Wilson, president of the host Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA).

Prevost Motorhome Expo

My friends at Hearthside Grove sent me a nice invitation:

Hi Richard,

As 2017 begins, we are kicking off our schedule of events happening in and around several locations in Florida. Hopefully we will have the opportunity to catch up with you over the next few months.

Stop by the booth at the upcoming shows and ask about the new lots we are constructing and the new finished 1100 sq. ft. bungalow and garage currently being built.

The first two stops are next week.

January 16-17 – Prevost Motorhome Expo – Tampa Convention Center

January 18-22 – Florida RV Supershow – Supplier Building B – Booth # B123

Unfortunately I won’t be in Florida this week but a friend of mine might be there. If you are reading this post, I hope you dropped in on the Prevost Motorhome Expo. They should have had a lot of Prevost coaches on display. The tentative list of coaches can be found here.

When we dropped by Hearthside Grove last year, there were dozens of Prevosts around the resort. Hadn’t seen so many of them in one place before.

The Marathon coach, pictured above, is always a crowd favourite. It lists for around $2.5 million USD which is well over $3 million for Canadians. Now that is a really, really expensive motorhome.

More pictures of the Marathon here.

A Martian Airstream

Found this really cool article about a research project involving an old Airstream trailer.

The Mobile Extreme Environment Research Station (MEERS) at the Daytona Beach Campus is a student-run project to design and build a mobile laboratory and space habitat simulator out of a 31-foot 1976 Airstream trailer for the purpose of testing and advancing space technologies. It will allow for the study of human behaviors and performance in extreme environments, such as Mars.


An AirBnB for RVs?

Michelin backs motorhome and campervan rental marketplace Campanda:

Berlin startup Campanda, which offers an online booking site for Recreational Vehicles (that’s motorhomes, caravans and campervans, to you and me), has raised €10 million in Series B funding. Leading the round is Michelin Travel Partner, the subsidiary of tyre manufacturer Michelin.

I’m not too fussy about Michelin — it took them far too long to resolve our simple tire warranty issue — however it was not a bad idea for them to jump in early on the sharing economy. Campanda is a small company, roughly 45 employees, with an inventory of about 25,000 RVs. Looks to me like they are primarily focused on dealers as only about 1,000 private owners rent on their service (you can list your own RV if you like the idea of renting it out to someone). We wouldn’t do it but the concept of renting motorhome is not new. For most people, an RV hangs around, unused, for much of the year. Delivering a rental service, with a bit of the sharing economy thrown in for good measure, through a digital business model is interesting although I wonder how successful Campanda will be over time.

I took a look at some of the Class A rentals. Prices ranged from about $100 a night to over $500 a night for this Coachmen.