Tue Feb 5, 2019
Author: RV News Staff
Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) will provide attendees of the inaugural RVX: The RV Experience a look ahead to what it imagines camping in 2030 will be like.
KOA will offer an immersive, virtual tour at the RVIA event set for March 12-14 in Salt Lake City. The forecasting is based on KOA’s 57 years in leading the outdoor hospitality industry, expertise in campground innovation and design, input from other key industry leaders, understanding of camper preferences, trends through the North American Camping Report and KOA’s annual research initiative.
KOA says the Campground of the Future will focus on experimental enhancements for campers in 2030, highlighting ways for RVers to connect with nature and each other. Five futuristic camping concepts will be in display providing different designs based on forest, seaside, urban, desert and mountain settings.
The Campground of the Future display will include these features:
- Blurred lines between the indoors and out with open-air common areas, cabins with retractable roofs and glass-floored campsites to place campers above rivers, valleys and even crevasses.
- Automated site selection and check in that uses geofencing technology to known when campers arrive and seamlessly guide them to their selected campsite.
- Natural gathering spaces designed to facilitate recreation activities in nature that emphasize campers’ priority to tap into the benefits of the outdoors.
- Automated voice-command technology for delivery of firewood and other necessities, ordering services and signing up for experiences.
“Advancements in technology and the ever-evolving approach to environmental standards will certainly impact how people prefer to interact in the outdoors through camping and also impact the way we design campgrounds in the future,” KOA President Toby O’Rourke says. “We believe camper expectations will continue to increase over time, and the thoughtful use of technology will play a key role in meeting those expectations. The day is quickly coming when self-driven recreational vehicles will arrive at campgrounds, park themselves in pre-selected campsites and immediately allow guests to begin immersing themselves into the outdoors.”
O’Rourke says several features that will be on display at the Campground of the Future already exist and are being actively tested on KOA campgrounds.
“We have a massive solar parasol structure that covers two acres of RV sites at our Tucson/Lazydays KOA Resort in Arizona,” she says. “That structure supplies more than enough power for the campground, while providing partial cooling shade for the RVs parked beneath it. That’s just one example of the futuristic steps that are already being taken.”