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The Evolution of Motorhomes


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Recreational Vehicles have come a long way from “traveling homes" to style icons. Besides being passionate, RVers can be termed as resilient. The transition or evolution of RVs can be attributed to the dramatic changes in the technology. A few of them have been outlined in the following paragraphs.

The construction of the RV can be suitably given the first place. In the initial RV constructions, we can find that Roadmaster chassis was implemented. These days Dynomax chassis are implemented, along with traditional Roadmaster that results in the formation of semi-monocoque chassis. This unique construction leads to the equal distribution of weight throughout the RV. Also instead of the ribbed fiberglass materials employed in the older RVs, the new age RVs use smooth fiberglass side panels. Foam type insulations is also employed in the RVs. Aluminum frames are also welded into the structure and EPDM rubber along with polyester are used as the roofing.

Space constrain was one of the disadvantages of the older RVs. The RVs of those ages were even mockingly known as cigar tubes. Nowadays slide-out walls are provided, which can increase or decrease the space within a RV at the mere press of a button. The whole arrangement is motorized. The seats and other upholstery in the modern age RVs were upgraded. Back in the olden days, only a radio would be hooked up. But in modern RVs, LCDs and HDTVs come into action.

Heating used to be a problem. Usually gas furnaces were employed to heat the RV. Electric heat pumps have replaced such furnaces. Air conditioners are also mounted on the roof and help in the even distribution of air. The kitchen back then had a gas stove and other preliminary utensils only. These days even compact refrigerators have found its way into RVs. These refrigerators are intelligent and work on optimal cooling only. Storage spaces are also recent additions in a RV. Basement storage is often employed, and that helps in the distribution of excess baggage throughout the RV.

Automobile engines are quickly getting replaced with newer technologies as days pass by. The same had happened with RVs too, the older engines hardly gave 3-4mpg. These days the usages of turbo-charged diesel engines satisfy the heavy footed of the RVers. Radial tires also helped in increasing the comfort ability of a RV. Modern RVs even include tire pressure sensors on every tire, and hence the driver can get an approximate reading of the tire pressure from the comfort of his seat itself. Navigation systems using the GPS technology have also been incorporated. This ensures the RVer doesn't get lost in the midst of nowhere. Tilt steering also helps in ensuring the comfort ability of the driver.

Backup generator systems are also a blessing. Instead of looking about of spaces where one can plug-in and recharge his batteries, the RVer of these days need not worry about such chores. Technology has advanced to such extremes that some RVs even have provision to keep the pets comfortable.

Matthew Leary is an traveling enthusiast who writes extensively on RV mattresses and the usefulness of the NADA RV Blue Book . He has been on road trips lasting over 3 months and continues to do so. You can find more information on the Nada RV organization and more at his website.

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