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Curbed: Surprise, tiny living enthusiasts are making RVs popular again

From the bloggers at Curbed.

It’s not just you—RVs are making a comeback. From the many refurbished vintage campers to the new “Five-Star Luxury” Airstreams, it seems these mobile homes are the coolest, most in-demand tiny housing options du jour.

As writer Laura Bliss puts it in a new CityLab piece exploring the who and why of the RV’s resurgence: “There’s no small amount of “tiny house” ethos implicit in the appeal of these compact, vintage-inspired models: Folks buy these vehicles expecting (and perhaps projecting) a sense of adventure and freedom, reduced belongings, and stylish, simple functionality.”

First, some stats: Airstream had a record year in 2014, as sales soared 26 percent over 2013 numbers. Camp-Inn, a Wisconsin-based manufacturer of compact camping trailers, also saw “consistently rising sales for at least six years.” And the popularity of RVs overall, are rising. For example, this past February, some 32,045 RVs were shipped from manufacturers to dealerships, compared to 29,700 in February 2007.

“The small-house movement, asset-lite lifestyles, and a move away from conspicuous consumption are all in this same basket,” writes Bob Wheeler, president and chief executive officer of Airstream, in an email to Bliss. “Airstream falls in line with much of this thinking: a small, self-contained dwelling that is mobile and fully functional.”

To read the full story by Curbed, click here.

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