Today’s RV traveler is just as likely to be a millennial, road-tripping in a customized RV and posting curated photos to social media.
According to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association, the fastest-growing demographic among RV owners is 35- to 44-year-olds, an average five years lower than it was a decade ago. The average age is expected to drop even further in the coming years, as more and more millennials (defined roughly as those born between 1981 and 1997) join the ranks of happy campers.
On the popular social-media service Instagram, #vanlife is among the fastest-trending tags, as stylish millennials post images of vintage RVs with attractive interiors and, of course, the beauty of the open road.
Gigi Stetler, owner of South Florida’s RV Sales of Broward, told the New York Post that millennials often prefer to buy a used RV for about $15,000 (half its original value) then spend an additional $5,000 to $10,000 customizing it to suit their own tastes and needs. For example, millennials often add high-tech features like Wi-Fi, charging stations and smartphone integration – add-ons that make sense for many #vanlifers who work from the road. Other popular extras include surfboard or kayak storage, or extra room for pets.
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