RV News: L’air Campers Intros Tailgater Package, Winnebago Announces ‘Flying W’ Dealers, and Field Station Joshua Tree is Now Taking Reservations
Welcome back to another edition of our weekly round-up of news and events in the RV and camping industries. Here’s a rundown of some of the biggest stories from this past week.
- L’air Campers Introduce Multifunctional “Tailgater Options Package” for 2024: L’air Campers—a company that specializes in lightweight, fiberglass towables—has announced a new Tailgater Options Package for its 2024 Trillium Heritage 1300 and 4500 models. This new optional upgrade includes an innovative under-the-trailer storage drawer, which holds a variety of gear, including an exterior table for entertaining and relaxing outside. The cargo tray’s built-in brackets pull double-duty as a base for a rugged bike rack designed to hold two heavy e-bikes when needed. For more information on this innovative new option, watch this YouTube video.
- Field Station Joshua Tree Now Taking Reservations: AutoCamp—a company focused on upscale glamping experiences—has announced that it has begun taking reservations for its groundbreaking hotel located in Joshua Tree, CA. Dubbed Field Station Joshua Tree, the new facility is set to open in the spring of 2024, but travelers looking to book a room can do so now. Considering the popularity of AutoCamp’s other locations, the Field Station is expected to be booked solid very quickly. To place your reservations, click here.
- The Dyrt Finds Veterans are More Likely to be Campers: A recent survey by The Dyrt—a website and app dedicated to helping users find campsites—reveals that US military vets or active military make up 14.8% of all campers. That number is more than twice the total number of veterans in the country’s overall population, which sits at 6.4%. The survey included more than 4,000 respondents and was conducted as part of the company’s annual Camping Report, due early next year. For further insights, read the press release announcing the findings.
- Veteran Overland Help Service Men and Women Transition Back to Civilian Life: Speaking of veterans, we all know how challenging it can be for military personnel to transition back to civilian life. It is also well documented that getting outdoors and embarking on an adventure can help lower stress levels and stave off PTSD. To that end, an organization called Veteran Overland is helping US servicemen and women discover a new sense of belonging and purpose through off-road vehicular travel in remote places. The goal is to use overlanding as a way to bring vets together and help them heal as they embark on the next phase of their lives. To find out more about this amazing organization, visit the Veteran Overland website.
- Winnebago Announces “Flying W” Award Winners: For each of the past four years, Winnebago has handed out its prestigious “Flying W” awards to its dealerships that display exemplary customer service and satisfaction. This week, the 2023 winners were announced, with 113 dealers earning this honor, which is given out based on customer feedback. For a complete list of winners, click here.
- Lippert Reinvents the RV Door Latch: RV components manufacturer Lippert has announced a new door latch that it believes is a game changer for the RV industry. The all-new LatchXtend door handle extension adds 10″ to the length of the latch, making it easier for kids, seniors, or anyone who has challenges with mobility to open an RV door and enter the vehicle. The product is designed to make RV camping easier and more accessible while providing enhanced safety and security. Learn more here.
- Dill Launches Bluetooth TPMS at SEMA: Last week’s SEMA show revealed dozens of new products for motorhomes, travel trailers, and overlapping vehicles. One of the most interesting was a new aftermarket tire pressure monitoring system from Dill. The unit uses Bluetooth technology to transmit current tire pressure information to a receiver mounted in the cockpit of the RV or tow vehicle. The system supports monitoring of up to 38 sensors with kits available for four or six wheels. Check out all of the options here.
That’s all for this week. Join us next Friday for another update on everything happening in the RV and camping space.