I do not understand why people are pouring their hard earned money into cryptocurrencies instead of campers. The RV boom that started last year showed no signs of slowing down. Exports are expected to hit record highs this year, and buyers are plundering units as soon as they hit too high. The inventory for used RVs is just as strong and the stock price of two leading manufacturers, Winnebago and Thor, has doubled. Pure utility is a very strong reason for me to choose campers on crypto. Sure, Bitcoin Can be used to buy now Tesla, But it will not let you into the National Park.
To be clear: I don’t know if crypto or camper is in the market bubble. I am not an investor, I have no stock in RV companies. I am a person, as I write this, living in a van next to the river.
Last summer my wife and I bought the 25-foot 2017 Winnebago, and have been traveling since September when we were working remotely. It’s like a time when the toilet pedal is broken – although it may seem like a disaster, it’s absolute pleasure. It was not the only natural disaster that threatened to destroy the expedition. The wind in Wyoming almost blew over us as it parted one of our canopies. Wildfires in Colorado kept us inside, and tornadoes in Alabama kept us up all night. The historic deep freeze in Texas killed our battery and froze our water pipes. But we came from New York, so we got used to the harsh winters. At no point did we feel like we were flying to Cancun.
Living on the road in an RV is not for everyone, and the scene does not always stand out from America The Beautiful. But that’s the thing: it’s an opportunity to experience the areas of the country we think we know from the news and talk to people we think we understand from the red and blue maps. I’m not suggesting that more RV-ing will eliminate our deeper national divisions wonderfully, but I think it will help smooth out some of the toughest edges.
In RV parks and campgrounds, life takes place outside and people gossip – about their lives, their travels, vehicles and contexts, their politics. Conversations with strangers flow easily and those interactions help us to see each other more than Democrats and Republicans, friends and foes.
The only problem is: the neighbors we saw on the campgrounds did not look like America as a group. RV-ing old and white arch – many retirees. We did not see Black, Latino or Asian camps. I can not say whether we met the Jews, but a man in Pittsburgh told me that his last name was Markovitz “no camping” Yiddish.
The RV community will greatly benefit from more diversity. Just as people are kept next to neighbors from different backgrounds, the whole country remains the same. We recently stayed at a block-owned RV park in Georgia, opened by a young couple a few years ago, and I was shocked to learn that it was only one in a dozen in the country. But that may vary. Another will open this spring in Talladega, Alabama. And young families and couples who run the Kovid Camper nostalgia are more likely to want value and diversity.
In fact, the RV boom is collapsing, and bitcoin is always high. If I was going to burn money, I would like to do this while my neighbors’ moonshine is sitting around Simpfire.