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Posted: 06/09/22 06:29pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Acampingwewillgo wrote:

Maybe I'm way behind on developments in the trucking/RV industry as to electric vehicles in that arena....but where is the outcry from these manufacturers? I don't see a battery powered HDT or motor home in the near future.


They're coming, but slowly.

Winnebago showed a Ford eTransit based EV:

https://fordauthority.com/2022/01/winnebago-e-rv-concept-debuts-as-ford-e-transit-camper-alternative/

But it's still a concept vehicle, not for sale. The 120 mile range is limiting for many people, but for those that like to go on weekend trips near home, it'd work fine. It would cover around 80% of my RV trips.

They announced a Class-A concept with the same range.

The cost (and availability) of the large battery needed for long range is the biggest limiting factor, eventually that will be solved, along with charge time. Tesla claims 300-500 miles of range for the Tesla Semi along with 30 minutes of charge time to add 400 miles of range at a Tesla "Megacharger".

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Posted: 06/09/22 09:59pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This is good. Where are the EV RVs????

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solman wrote:


Interesting to see where the numbers end up if fuel prices remain high.


I predict here.

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And in breaking news LOL.................Holy Hot Sauce Batman

Let the hoarding begin!

* This post was edited 06/10/22 03:07am by Camper445 *

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Posted: 06/10/22 05:36am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Remember this from recent days: "A major RV maker now has more than $18 billion in backlogged orders and says its dealers may not be fully restocked until 2023"

Of course, the article was referring to Thor. Odd, however, that when I do a nationwide search on RVTrader, I find OVER 5,500 brand new, unsold, Thor products sitting on the ground on dealer's lots, or imminently inbound -- and that's just the Thor brand, not factoring-in any of the other companies owned by Thor.

I just find it interesting.


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RetiredRealtorRick wrote:

Remember this from recent days: "A major RV maker now has more than $18 billion in backlogged orders and says its dealers may not be fully restocked until 2023"

Of course, the article was referring to Thor. Odd, however, that when I do a nationwide search on RVTrader, I find OVER 5,500 brand new, unsold, Thor products sitting on the ground on dealer's lots, or imminently inbound -- and that's just the Thor brand, not factoring-in any of the other companies owned by Thor.

I just find it interesting.

While I get your point 5500 RV's nationwaide is not a huge number


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RetiredRealtorRick wrote:

Of course, the article was referring to Thor. Odd, however, that when I do a nationwide search on RVTrader, I find OVER 5,500 brand new, unsold, Thor products sitting on the ground on dealer's lots, or imminently inbound -- and that's just the Thor brand, not factoring-in any of the other companies owned by Thor.

I just find it interesting.


Are you sure those are really unsold and available? When I was RV shopping a few months back, a lot of times I'd see an add for an RV on the lot or "arriving soon" only to be told by the dealer, oh that one's already reserved. We can add you to the wait list for it in case the deal falls through."

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Camper445 wrote:

solman wrote:


Interesting to see where the numbers end up if fuel prices remain high.


I predict here.

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I'm betting down closer to the 2008 number. Maybe lower as anyone who was on the fence probably bought one in the last 2 yrs, so not only will the economy be in the dumpster and gas prices through the roof but the supply of interested buyers will smaller.


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Lantley wrote:

RetiredRealtorRick wrote:

Remember this from recent days: "A major RV maker now has more than $18 billion in backlogged orders and says its dealers may not be fully restocked until 2023"

Of course, the article was referring to Thor. Odd, however, that when I do a nationwide search on RVTrader, I find OVER 5,500 brand new, unsold, Thor products sitting on the ground on dealer's lots, or imminently inbound -- and that's just the Thor brand, not factoring-in any of the other companies owned by Thor.

I just find it interesting.

While I get your point 5500 RV's nationwaide is not a huge number


That's 5500 advertised on RVTrader --- and not every dealer advertises on RVTrader, and of those that do they don't necessarily advertise every unit on RVTrader.

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I recently saw on a Josh the nerd video that dealers place orders based on sales speculation. Thor was simply stating what dealers had ordered. Josh said that dealers are now retracting their orders so Thor can no longer stand behind that 2023 statement.

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I suppose my hesitation in regards to this Fuel crisis is for the first time, I don't see relief in sight. While I may have the ability to pay the higher prices, we're retired on a fixed income and paying consistently higher fuel prices is not in the long term plan. I fear these new prices may be the long term prices.

Certainly these new prices will have consequences in the RV industry and beyond and while I may not be ready to pull the RV plug(pun intented), our RV'ing will be curtailed for now!:-(


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