How Fast Is Too Fast In An RV?

Speed. Gotta get there. Faster.

If you drive a motorcoach, I’m sure you have seen this happen on the highway. A large diesel pusher races past you, travelling at least 75 to 80 mph.

Why would anyone think it safe to travel that fast in a motorhome?

This question was raised on social media from an owner of a Newmar Dutch Star:

2021 DS 4310 OBSERVATIONS: We just picked ours up, and there are a couple things I’d like to know if others have experienced and found a fix for:

1) Speeding Reminder – Around 73 MPH, it says speed warning, and with cruise set at 75MPH, this is super annoying because it says it nearly non-stop.
2) Cruise Max Speed 75MPH – How can I get this re-programmed to allow whatever speed I want?

Here is the fix: SLOW DOWN!

Most RV tires have a maximum rated speed of 75 mph. If you flat tow a vehicle behind your coach, you may also have a maximum speed limit from the manufacturer. In our case we have to limit our maximum speed to 65 mph when we flat tow our Lincoln.

Every time I see a thread about highway speeds, the majority of motorcoach owners comment that they travel between 60 and 65 mph on the Interstate. We set our cruise to 62 mph when cruising the Interstate.

Cruising over 75mph?

Way too fast.

The tires will build up a lot of heat. Braking distance will increase. Fuel efficiency will decrease. Control of the vehicle in the event of a tire blowout will be compromised.

We remain locked down in Ontario, Canada with the coach in storage for the winter. Hoping that life gets somewhat back to normal come May and that we can travel about the country again.

When we do, we won’t be in any rush.

62 mph is about right for our coach. Reasonable fuel economy. Safe highway speed.

Myakka River Motorcoach Resort Site 90

Our home away from home. Until COVID came along. And then we were forced to seek out alternative living arrangements for the winter. Depending on the course of this pandemic, we might be forced to seek out alternative living arrangements again next winter.

We have a beautiful waterfront house to enjoy until the spring. November ushered in summer-like conditions. Last week, we had temperatures in the 20s — in the 70s Fahrenheit for my American friends.

The view from our back deck:

Then winter decided to show up yesterday.

The temperatures plummeted to -5 Celsius or in the low 20s Fahrenheit.

Yet it was a beautiful morning when I took that photo. I decided to step outside and take it all in.

Yikes.

Frozen.

In just a few seconds I raced back into the warm house.

I miss Myakka. I miss the sun. The palm trees. The warm weather.

This year I missed the two hurricanes that hit our area in Florida, Eta and Iota. Literally missed them. I was up north enjoying the unseasonably warm weather in Ontario. I hope all of our friends at Myakka made it through those two storms safely.

Yesterday we received a package from one of our friends at Myakka. It included this note:

Richard and Lorraine,

We hope this finds you well. We know you’re unable to travel south this year but wanted to give you a little something that will remind you of Myakka and are able to take it with you wherever your travels may take you.

Take care. God bless. We miss you both and Tabby too.

Rick and Marsha. Izzie too!

Here is a picture of that little something on my desk just to the side of a Canadian coaster:

What a wonderful and thoughtful gift!

At the entrance to each site in Myakka, there is a light and a marker. Shaped just like the carving above.

Site 90.

Our home away from home.

Sigh.

I really do miss Myakka.

And I really do miss all of our amazing friends at Myakka.

The Rumours Are True!

Very few coaches to buy!!! That was the title of a recent thread on one of the iRV2 forums.

Here is the post:

It’s true !!!

Thinking about downsizing from our Monaco 43DFT since we are only two and not full time…

Went by Motorhome Specialist In Alvarado, Tx… sort of a large dealer!

The rumors are true, they have very little to sell !!!

They used to have three HUGE lots of rv’s and are down to about a half a lot of just a scattered few rv’s !!!

Guess no new inventory coming in and all kinds of new buyers testing the RV waters !

So many exclamation marks. It must be true. They (the RV industry overall or perhaps this one dealer) have very little to sell.

The latest projection from ITR Economics: RV shipments are expected to surpass 400,000 wholesale units by the end of 2020 and the RV industry should see continued growth in 2021 to more than 500,000 units.

They are calling for roughly 425,000 units shipped in 2019 which, if that happens, would be a gain of roughly 4.5 percent over the 406,000 units shipped in 2019.

ITR Economics is projecting a likely outcome of 507,000 units shipped in 2021 which would be an increase of over 19 percent over 2020. That number would be the best total ever recorded for the RV industry.

If it happens.

2020 will be a good year for the industry. A total annual shipment of 425,000 units would represent a number in the top five of annual totals on record. An excellent result given all that has taken place this year.

I suspect that many dealers went into the pandemic with a great deal of caution and that a good business strategy would have been to manage the inventory levels closely until supply and demand levels recovered. Most of the shipments going out the door continue to be lower cost units in the towable market. The motorized segment, especially Class A motorhomes, have yet to recover.

Scanning RV Trader, there appears to be no shortage of Class A motorhomes on the market. At least 6 months supply of inventory for sale if you are in the market for a new motorhome. The industry builds about 1,000 Class A motorhomes a month and there are over 6,000 new Class A motorhomes listed on RV trader. I suspect there may be a bit more inventory on dealer lots than what RV Trader is showing.

Lots of coaches to buy!!!

It’s true!!!

Virus? What Virus?

Lockdowns. Curfews. Masks. Bubbles. Circles. Yes, it goes on and on doesn’t it? Here in Ontario we have no less than five classifications to manage the spread of COVID-19:

  1. Prevent (Green)
  2. Protect (Yellow)
  3. Restrict (Orange)
  4. Control (Red)
  5. Lockdown (no colour apparently)

There is a comprehensive document that outlines all of the restrictions that apply to each classification which you can download over here. Of note is a section that speaks to the key risk factors of potential transmission. Coincidentally, there are five key risk factors:

  1. Crowded Places
  2. Forceful Exhalation
  3. Prolonged Exposure
  4. Close Contact
  5. Closed Spaces

The government of Ontario tells me that it is critical I understand the risks of gatherings (crowds).

With that context, let’s look south.

The 2021 Florida RV SuperShow is still on. In 70 days. Perhaps the pandemic will be over by then. I could not find anything on their website that even acknowledges a pandemic is underway. Last year the show attracted 74,000 attendees. We were there and it was packed. I wonder how many will show up this year?

Quartzsite is also a go. According to the Arizona Highway Department, as many as 1 million people come out to this event. Unlike the Florida SuperShow, Quartzsite did post an update on COVID-19. Here it is:

  • Face coverings will be mandatory for all exhibitors, attendees and show staff.
  • Numerous hand cleansing stations will be placed throughout the facility.
  • The 3 Isles inside the temporary structure will be expanded to 15’.
  • All isles will be one-way only.
  • Signage reminding attendees regarding social distancing and isle direction will be placed strategically throughout the facility.
  • Clear plastic dividers will be places between all exhibitors’ selling areas inside the temporary structure.
  • Overcrowding will be controlled, when necessary, and some entrances may be closed, temporarily, in that event.
  • We will be encouraging attendees, via social media, press releases and through other media sources to avoid attending opening day and to attend during the week, if possible, to avoid long waits to enter the BIG TENT.

Strange times.

In Ontario, no outdoor public gatherings over 100 people.

And definitely no RV shows. At least not for the foreseeable future.

The Year Of The RV Continues

First snowfall arrived yesterday. Environment Canada was predicting several inches of accumulation and hazardous driving conditions. False alarm. We did receive a light coating of snow and it should all be gone by tomorrow as a bit of a warming trend arrives to this part of the country. By warm I mean somewhere in the 50s Fahrenheit or the low teens Celsius.

And Daylight Savings Time ended yesterday. The long dark days of winter combined with a pandemic may prove a bit challenging for the clipped wings of Canadian Snowbirds like myself. Not to mention a stock market that awaits the political chaos that may run wild as we brace for the unfolding drama of the U.S. election. That begins in earnest tomorrow evening although I expect the unexpected. MAGA, baby, more MAGA. Or a New World Order. One or the other.

Interest rates up here have reached a new low of 1.29 percent on a variable-rate mortgage. The rate of inflation will soon be higher. Free money. The result will be continued inflation of real estate which, in this neck of the woods, is completely unhinged.

Can you name the top ten cities in North America that have the most expensive real estate prices? Would it surprise you to learn that 5 of those 10 cities are in Canada: Toronto, Vancouver, Surrey, Coquitlam, Brampton?

Canadians pay the highest real estate prices in the world due to excessive government spending and low interest rates.

Canada has one of the highest unemployment rates. In Toronto that rate is almost 13 percent.

This level of real estate inflation is dangerous and it is definitely not normal.

Another thing that isn’t normal?

Newmar asking $1.3 million USD for a King Aire motorcoach. Yikes.

Let’s do a quick check on the Year of the RV.

The RVIA pushed out the latest numbers from September — October numbers won’t be out for a few more weeks — with all of the usual spin about the strong demand amidst the backdrop of COVID-19. People are literally pounding at the doors of RV dealerships: I WANT AN RV AND I WANT ONE NOW!!!

Not surprisingly, the Year of the RV seems to be big for folding camping trailers and van campers.

And some good numbers for travel trailers and 5th wheels.

But for Class A motorhomes? Down almost 32 percent from last year.

Seems to be a bit of a mixed bag for the industry. Better than expected for the cheap rigs (folding camping trailers and lower-cost travel trailers) and not great for the expensive rigs.

There will be some residual production for the balance of the year and October’s numbers should be interesting to review.

Hard to predict where things might go next year.

One would expect a global recession to hit hard.

Except in Canada. We like spending a lot for a little. Like this recent listing in Toronto. It did sell by the way. For about $200,000 over asking.

My, my.