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RVs are Popping Out All Over
Today’s RV designers are finding some creative ways to give us more living space in our RVs, and how they’re achieving that is what’s interesting.
In some cases, they’re expanding up or expanding out and occasionally adding a room where none existed before, and they’re doing this with a century’s old material: canvas. Now, this is not the canvas our forefathers used under covered wagons and tents, but lighter, stronger canvas. And in some cases, the material being used isn’t even canvas, but high tech vinyl and nylon fabrics.
While attending this past RV industry open house, we couldn’t help but notice all of these canvas additions. So we decided to take a closer look at what some of these companies are offering now. Currently, most of these canvas extensions and add-ons are being used on smaller camping and travel trailers, along with a few class B motorhomes. But larger trailers and toy haulers are expanding up and out also, especially on the rear tailgate decks, with some nice enclosed screened-end additions. A lot of this modern creativity and engineering goes beyond the actual addition itself.
If you look closely at this full room extension on the back of this Cyclone toy hauler, you’ll notice there are no metal corner or roof poles. Rather than metal framework, these additions are supported by inflatable tubes, which make the whole unit lighter and easier to set up and take down. Where and how they add this extra sleeping space, I guess, is up to the imagination of the designer, and no more is this evident than on these next two examples.