There’s a lot to look forward to in 2021–including some epic RVs and features brand new to the market. From state-of-the-art insulation options to more fuel-efficient engines, RV’s have come a long way since their inception. And they just keep getting better. Here are some of the top RVs and RV features we’re most excited about as 2021 gets into full swing.
The Ford V8 Chassis: A Huge Step Forward for Fuel Economy
Since 1998, Ford’s RV line has used V10 engines exclusively. The more powerful engines reliably handled the heavier weights and higher demands of many RV’s. The tradeoff? Less-than-stellar fuel economy. This year, Ford rolled out the 7.3L V8 engine, a solid option that’s lighter on fuel use but still powerfully versatile. Buyers can opt for a wide variety of wheel bases on this chassis. Some of the most noteworthy features:
- A six-speed automatic transition with double overdrive
- A Tow/Haul mode
- Capacity for up to 26,000 lbs. GVWR
- Top-of-the-line front and rear shock absorbers
- A 50 degree wheel cut, making it brilliantly driveable
Phase Change Insulation: Cutting-Edge Insulation for All-Weather RVing
When it’s cold, this new phase change insulation (called BioPCM) is in a solid form that seals in heat to keep your toes toasty. When it’s hot out, the BioPCM blanket softens into a gel that absorbs heat without changing temperature at all. Sound like something out of a science fiction novel? Well, it is 2021, after all. This cutting-edge phase change insulation measures in at just 1cm thick, and it’s ideal for use in the sidewalls of an RV.
BioPCM is currently being used in Coachman Class B motorhomes, but it’s also starting to find a competitive market in residential applications. Because it’s non-toxic and biodegradable, it’s a compelling earth-friendly (or at least earth-friendlier) option.
The Pleasure-Way Tofino: A Campervan With Attitude
The Tofino is back again, and it’s looking better than ever. The 2021 Tofino captures the essence of the classic Eurovan, but it’s so chock-full of brilliant, thoughtful design that easy to see why it continues to be a cult favorite as we move into 2021. A pop-top adds extra sleeping capacity in cozy cabana-like style. Ample storage space allow hobby equipment to come along for the ride. Measuring less than 18 feet long, it will fit in most parking spaces–and it’ll take you well off the beaten path, even to the most cozy and remote of campsites. This is the campervan that just gets it right when it comes to minute design details. And the state-of-the-art technologies rolled in make it a powerful contender for those in the market for a campervan.
- Two 100 Ah lithium batteries coach batteries
- A 2000-watt power inverter
- Option to add a 200-watt solar package
- 70 cubic feet of rear cargo storage for bikes, skis, camping gear, etc.
American Coach’s American Eagle 45K
Go big or go home, they say. This is definitely the “go big” option of our rundown, with features that make many new single-family residences look a little shabby in comparison. The American Eagle resides on the Freightliner XCM chassis. It’s big, it’s beautiful, and no expense has been spared to make it look and feel like a rolling slice of luxury. Features like European-style cabinetry, full-size, residential Samsung appliances, a luxury farmhouse sink, custom seating that feels like it was made for you, and a variety of floor plans to choose from.
Some of the most decadent features include:
- A robust JBL speaker system
- A tile shower with a glass enclosure and a skylight
- The Cummins X15, 605HP engine
- Not one, but three 15,000 BTU air conditioning units with both front and rear heat pumps
- Heated and cooled 8-way adjustable passenger and driver chairs with lumbar support and footrests
Of course, there’s more to the 2021 RV scene than this handful of cherry-picked options; these are just a few that have us giddy to roll into a new camping season. Have questions about insuring a new 2021 RV, or insuring your own RV in and out of season? Feel free to get in touch for more information!