Recreational vehicle sales are at all time high and smartphones might have something to do with it. In the past year, dealers across the nation sold a staggering 430,000 RVs. According to the RV Industry Association, that’s an increase of 15% over the previous year.
So why the sudden interest in RV camping? Some of it has to do with low gas prices and easy credit. But a majority of the new fondness for the recreational vehicles is technology like smartphones and 4G data. It has made driving around the country for extended periods less overwhelming.
Now millennials, who grew up surrounded by technology are reaching RV-buying age. They are young, ready for adventure and love to travel. In fact, more than half of RV buyers are under the age of 45, per the RV Industry Association.
Many younger buyers are attracted to the small and sleek campers, like the Alto Pop-up camper. It’s great for individuals or couples because it’s small and easy to tow, but still has the comforts of home. Companies like Airstream are producing new camper models specifically targeting millennials.
The new Basecamp trailer takes the classic shiny aluminum Airstream style and wraps it around a compact trailer with a nifty retro-modern interior. The product has been a success, according to Airstream’s CEO. They have a wholesale backlog out until the end of 2017.
RVs like the Basecamp are reasonably priced, starting at under $40,000, which make them within reach of many buyers. With the recent boom in RV sales, RV campgrounds are seeing higher numbers than they have in a long time.
So grab your iPhone and hit the open road. A world of adventure awaits you.
Watch out, tennis because there’s a new sport in town. A combination of tennis, badminton and table tennis, pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in America. It’s a great way to get active for young and old alike.
The sport is played on a badminton-sized court with a modified tennis net. Players use a plastic ball with holes in it and they serve across the net, much like in tennis. The rules are simple and easy to learn, but it can develop into a fast-paced game for more experienced players.
In fact, it’s becoming so popular one business was able to go from an online store to a retail store in just three years. Pickle Pro started off selling pickleball paddles online, and was able to open up a store four years ago in Naples Florida. The owner says the company grows about 150% per year.
For two years, more than 1,300 athletes compete in the U.S. Open, a seven-day national pickleball tournament held at East Naples Commuity Park. That’s a 40% increase in participants from the first tournament held in 2016.
Although the sport is growing in popularity across the nation, Florida is becoming a hub for pickle-ball lovers everywhere. The U.S. Open is helping Naples become the ‘Pickleball Capital of the World’. While in town, local stores sell everything from paddles and balls to special shoes designed with pickleball in mind.
Players say the sport is addicting, and it’s being touted as the number one way for active adults to stay in shape. It’s great cardio, while being easy on joints. This combination is causing 55+ communities to start adding pickleball courts to their list of amenities.
At Newby Management, we are no exception. In fact, many of our RV communities now have dedicated pickleball courts, along with hosted games and even tournaments. With Florida’s year-round beautiful weather, there’s never a bad time to get outside and see why pickleball is America’s new favorite sport.
The smell of barbecue chicken wafts through the summer air. It’s a smell that creates memories and brings them back for residents at Newby Management’s RV communities. For the residents, it’s about more than a BBQ, it’s a time to connect with friends, to relax and to enjoy their community.
For the Newby Management corporate team, the Summer BBQ’s are about living out one of the company’s core values: Servanthood. It states: “With Jesus as our example, we will strive to graciously serve our customers, investors, and fellow team members to the highest level possible. Each of us agrees to be accountable to a higher authority.” Each summer, team members from the corporate office travel across the state with a grill in tow to
serve up grilled chicken, potato salad, beans, dinner roll and a large cake at our RV Resorts. Themes create a fun and exciting atmosphere, different years have featured fiestas, the 70’s and more!
As you can imagine, a lot of logistics go into a BBQ for an entire RV community! In some larger communities, our team may cook over 400 pieces of chicken. This means we start at dawn and turn the grill four times!
You definitely won’t go away hungry from one of our shindigs either. We give very specific instructions to local butchers on how to quarter the chicken so each serving is huge. That’s right! We not only serve big pieces of chicken, but we also use local butchers near the community we’re serving.
When a resident comes through our line, they can be assured that we temp tested the chicken before it leaves the grill, so we can be sure it’s cooked thoroughly. Then comes the fun part: deciding whether you want light or dark meat. Delicious! You can get a piece plain or drenched in Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce.
We love summertime because it means an opportunity to serve our residents and give back to our communities with a good old-fashioned southern BBQ. To our team, these are times of great fellowship and fun. They are a time to create new memories and reflect on past memories. They are a time to remind our residents that we are on their side. And of course, we can’t forget the delicious food!
The average American home is 2,600 square feet. For many retirees, that is way too much space. This is exactly why the Tiny House Movement is appealing for those looking to retire or downsize. First, let’s talk about what the Tiny House Movement is. This movement encourages people to move into homes that are less than 1,000 square feet. At Winterset RV Resort, some of their park model homes definitely fit the mold for being a Tiny House. Today, we’re going to introduce a 2017 Skyline 14′ wide Park Model Home. Coming in at 490 square feet, this home is the perfect Tiny House. It utilizes every inch of living space expertly to give you the right amount of storage and room.When you’re downsizing from a large home to a smaller one it can be intimidating, but we think a tour of this home will ease your fears.
As you walk up the steps of the home you’re met by an outdoor patio and sliding glass doors that lead into your living room. You’ll have the opportunity to enjoy countless nights on your patio in the beautiful Florida weather.
You won’t believe how much cabinet and counter space you have in this Tiny Home. The large cabinets are perfectly accented by your brand new black appliances. You’ll love the large smooth top range. Plus, there’s plenty of room to fit a dining table.
As you look out from the u-shaped counter in the kitchen you’ll see a great living room. Lots of natural light and a built-in entertainment center make this a homey and comfortable space. The beach-themed furniture brings Florida to life, right in your own home.
This one bedroom home features a comfortable queen-sized bed and great built-in shelves and nightstands, complete with lights near the bed so you can enjoy a good book before you sleep. The natural light throughout the home make it bright and airy.
One of our favorite things about this home is all the built-in storage. This is an expert use of a smaller space and allows you to leave bulky furniture behind. You can see here plenty of drawer and closet space for you to store clothes. You’ll love getting rid of clutter!
The 3 piece bathroom is nicely sized and has lots of great storage options. The shower includes two seats for your comfort. One of the best things about this home is that it comes with a full size stackable washer and dryer. This saves you space and allows you to do laundry with ease.
This amazing Tiny House also includes an outdoor storage shed. We love this park model home and everything it offers. Join the Tiny House movement and find out how this home could be yours today. Lot rent in this amazing community is just $360!
RV camping is all the rage today, whether you’re looking to ride out your retirement or you’re a millennial on the road. There are all kinds of ways to start RVing, you can rent, buy or build your own. That’s right, today we’re looking at the DIY RV.
Building Your Own RV vs. Buying A New One
New RVs can cost a pretty penny. However, the upside to buying a new RV is that it’s ready for the road and all costs are included. The downside is that you won’t get much customization if any at all. If you’re looking to put in a little extra work, you could build your own RV camper. This could definitely be the cheaper route, although you always have to be prepared for unexpected costs to arise. Many people have gotten creative and re-purposed old vans or buses. The possibilities are endless! So buy or build? It’s really up to you and your needs! Take a look at our list to see if building an RV is right for you. If you’d rather buy, check out Tips for Finding the Best RV for Sale.
The Value Of Having Space
Let’s talk space. Think about how much room you’ll need. If you need lots of space, consider purchasing an old school bus. If you need less space, a van should really do the trick. Make sure to get any kind of van for as long as it is designed to be used commercially. Get some great ideas by checking out our DIY RV Camper board on Pinterest.
Creating List Of Items Needed
Make a list of things you need in your RV. For example, do you need a kitchen? How many beds? A fridge? If you’re building the RV with someone else, these are things you’ll have to discuss together. You have to decide how you’ll be using the RV. If you’re going to be on long trips, you’ll likely want a small kitchen and bathroom, as well as a sleeping area. If you’re using the RV for shorter trips, or will usually have an outdoor living space, you might not need as much in your camper.
Choosing The Water System
Choose your water system very carefully as your drinking water will rely on this water system. Also, consider how many people will regularly take a bath so you will know which model of water system you should install. This is because if you are going to use the water exclusively for cooking and cleaning, you will need about 5 gallons.
Checking The Electrical Wiring
Check your electrical wiring for safety. Your appliances will need about 12 voltage of electricity so you might just have to go looking for extra batteries as well as a proven durable alternator.
Comfort And Mobility
Make sure that when you are ready to buy your appliances, you also look for comfortable beds, kitchen counters and cabinets that are especially designed for mobility. You will find these inclusive of adapters as well as mounting services included.
Hiring An Expert
And most important of all, make sure that you will assemble your converted RV with extra care on the design and further consideration on convenience and comfort. If you will need to make some necessary adjustments to mount everything properly, then by all means, do so. It would be best to employ the services of an expert if you are not so comfortable with your own designing. That way, you will be worry-free when you travel in your newly-built converted RV!