Originally Posted by markopolo
Long video here:
Over 1/2 hour I think. I got through 3/4's of it. As George noted earlier LOTS of Class B's & small C units.
The front dinette area for 4 or more, no counter space small kitchen area & rear twin bed layout was in a lot
of units. You can see why an actual sofa could cause some excitement over there.
It's the most complete and thorough report of the Düsseldorf show I've seen. with very high video quality. Almost like being there.
Always impressed by the critical mass of quality RVs and the wide variety of formats, from tiny units to huge refined class A's (with integrated car garages!). Not everything is interesting. A lot of tacky luxurious interior designs but at least most of the vehicles have some quality features in terms of functional and esthetic aspects. Also impressed by the younger crowd with kids in an RV show.
How come North America is so far behind all this! Apart from a small 40% of the class B market (which represent less than 1% of the whole RV market) and some of the Adventure and custom made RV vehicles, the rest is IMO a vast pathetic primitive production. It hasn't evolved. It actually got worse. Look at the early Airstream and Winnebago RVs. They were great. Look at all the recent Class A's, they all look like Casino hotels. Maybe that's what people like. I simply don't understand how all those ugly designs are so popular.
OK, you can't have it all! (smile) I wouldn't want to have the sophisticated European RVs and loose the great National and State parks and wonderful campgrounds we have in North America.
So let's be patient and hope the industry will slowly evolve with a new breed of more sophisticated customers.
In the video, the future of RV design in a few concept vehicles The Triaca by Roller Team
And Europeans seem to have discovered the North American slide-outs this year! But they understand that an RV doesn't necessarily have to look like a chocolate sundae with swirls and stripes!
My my, Hymer's Niesmann+Bischoff made quite a impressive showcase!
You can really measure the level of the investments made by the RV industry in Europe. Almost like a car show.
Updated my album with screenshots of this excellent video: