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Old 12-15-2017, 07:19 AM   #1
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RV Interior Design shifts on the way?

Been noticing a sharp shift towards cleaner, sharper, more minimalist styling across a lot of the mid and high end 5th wheel brands this year, both in their exterior graphics and also in their interior trim, colors, and accents.

It seemed to happen all at once with 2018 models, where the psuedo-Western motifs, browns pallets, materials, and upholstery patterns used since the 1970s were significantly disrupted by more mono-chromatic modernist styles and hues.

Dare I say that this a sign of the significant changing of the guard of the buyer demographic? The Gen-Xers have finally ascended past the Baby Boomers in the market hierarchy and the Millennials are now starting to be courted with aspirational targets?

Winnebago seems to have gone full modernist with their new Class A designs. This is a clean break from the industry's past (and dare I say that I love, love them):

https://youtu.be/ILbs_jz8iyo?t=473

I predict in a couple years, maybe with 2020 model year launches, more 5th wheels will be looking like this.
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Old 12-15-2017, 08:34 AM   #2
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I like the more modern RV interiors. To me it always seemed like the manufacturers fired all their interior designers in the 80's and just kept doing the same thing. Airstream has nice interiors. All the dark wood finishes make the interior seem smaller than it is.

I don't like the "pleather" furnishings that is in everything though. We looked until we found a used fiver with the cloth chairs and couch.
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Old 12-15-2017, 12:31 PM   #3
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Lord I hope so. I know this is intensely personal, but frankly most of the trailers and 5ths I've stepped in looked like a "Gentleman's Club".


And, no, I'm not going to share how I'd know that.
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Old 12-15-2017, 01:06 PM   #4
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Lord I hope so. I know this is intensely personal, but frankly most of the trailers and 5ths I've stepped in looked like a "Gentleman's Club".


And, no, I'm not going to share how I'd know that.
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Old 12-15-2017, 02:37 PM   #5
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I'm glad this has come up so I can somewhat, defend us Boomers. I never liked the crap they were putting out before, and have no idea why the rv mfgs. decided that we did. I mean, what's up with that Jayco bird?? I may not look as young as I did a few years ago but I don't need help crossing the street, would never buy a phone from Consumer Cellular and hate AARP cuz they insist that I be a member. I dare say, I would like a more "up to date" looking rv as much as a person half my age (that is...someone in their early 30s ).
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Old 12-15-2017, 03:22 PM   #6
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I'm in the last of the baby boomer group. Sorry, that look is just too antiseptic for my tastes. I'd feel like I'd be sleeping in my doctor's clinic or something. Yes, it's about personal taste but this is not a warm homey feeling.

Honestly, my daughter is in her 30s and she doesn't like this "modern" look either.

Here's a question for those that like this style, how many of you have your homes remodeled in this style?
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Old 12-15-2017, 03:47 PM   #7
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I'm in the last of the baby boomer group. Sorry, that look is just too antiseptic for my tastes. I'd feel like I'd be sleeping in my doctor's clinic or something. Yes, it's about personal taste but this is not a warm homey feeling.

Honestly, my daughter is in her 30s and she doesn't like this "modern" look either.

Here's a question for those that like this style, how many of you have your homes remodeled in this style?
My last two houses were more on the contemporary side. The cleaner designs also make the space seem larger which is needed in an RV. The same reason condos are bright and modern,makes 500sf look like 1500sf.

Be nice if you actually had a choice of styles when buying. Instead it's light brown, brown or dark brown with a choice of carpet or vinyl, both brown.

Until it gets to the point where RV manufacturers can sell whatever they slap together there won't be any choices. Used to be Ford only sold black cars

Oh, and I'm 61, so it's not an age thing. I've always liked contemporary or post-modern design. Really it's from the 60's anyway, RV interiors are from the early 80's farmhouse period.
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RV Interior Design shifts on the way?

I like contemporary and both houses Iíve owned are/were remodeled and furnished in contemporary style. I wish my RV were too. Instead it looks more like my grandparentsí old 1991 doublewide. I totally dig the airstream look... at least on the inside.

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New ? The cabinet industry in the 70"s became European designed cabinets, which meant shiny laminate...which was the low end in Europe but high end in the US. There is nothing new, cabinets and everything else goes around. This styling started in Europe after the war when they had very little hardwoods left to build cabinets with, so they used board made of chips of wood (Particle Board) and eliminated frames on the cabinets (frame less) construction became the norm in Europe. That style was imported because it was the least expensive and with the import costs it was still half affordable.

Soon it became the "have to have look" in the high end Kitchens.. When in reality it was the low end look. Even in Europe Wood was the true high end, but was not available.

This will fade away over time to wood, darker colors again which lend a traditional stable look, think Law firms. Dr's want new modern up to date so they use sleek laminate and white or lighter colors. A lawyer you want stable, traditional, years of experience so you go with Dark heavy wood look.

RV's are subject to the same design trends across all segments of society. There is actually groups that get together and decide what next years (and next decades) colors and designs are going to be. They can tell you what colors are going to be hot next year and in five years...they represent clothing, autos, furniture and all other segments. Ever wonder why everyone seems to be doing the same thing? They all buy into this design source.

Just remember there is nothing new, everything just goes around.

The RV industry does use more earthtones because they show dirt from camping less than these high sheen lite colors. I doubt you will find many of these very comtempary designs boondocking in the desert... She is exactly correct, it looks like a NY apartment...sadly, not many NY apartment dwellers go camping.
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Nah, I can't agree with what you're saying. The RV industry hasn't evolved and changed over time, their interior styles have been frozen for decades, as most have agreed to here. Even high end diesel pushers used the same token materials and design cues to look "rich" and higher status: marble everywhere, crystal chandeliers, lots of mirrors, gold plating. Old fashioned symbols of wealth, just like your lawyer office example.

New fashioned is what you are seeing in that Winnebago video. It's a version, albeit in a much more tasteful and quality execution, of what you've been seeing in Toy Haulers, which definitely are not aimed at Baby Boomers. It's also reflecting what you are seeing on home renovation shows, which have done a lot to push forward the buyer's expectation of evolved aesthetic and materials.

This is a design shift to synch up with who is now making up the majority of the buyers for these RV segments: Gen Xers.

I agree, the RV industry didn't change up to this by accident, and it was planned years ago, but it's not a coincidence it's now finally rolling out across multiple segments. That's the indicator that the majority of who the buyers are has now shifted. Design should reflect the buyer, not the seller: give them what they want.
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