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7 RV Innovations at the 2020 Tidewater RV Show

7 RV Innovations at the 2020 Tidewater RV Show

There are always RV innovations and always something new at the RV show. We’d like to share some of the coolest new RV features that caught our eye at the 2020 Tidewater RV Show. We had an afternoon to check it out and thought we would share the things we found interesting. These are the top 7 RV innovations at the 2020 Tidewater RV Show.

The Tidewater RV Show was January 17-19, 2020 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, Virginia Beach VA.

RV Innovation 1: RV Extended Outside Kitchens

Outside kitchens on RVs are popular. RV manufacturers are continuing to innovate. There were several outdoor kitchen features at the Tidewater RV Show that caught our eye. The most noticeable was the addition of extended outdoor kitchens with a larger food prep area.

You’ll note on the Grand Design outside kitchen, there is a gas griddle in place of the more typical gas burners. If you’ve ever tried to make pancakes in the camper, you’ll know that it almost always leads to setting off the smoke detector. Just listen for the beeping in the campground and you can tell who is making breakfast. Since you can’t fit a rectangular griddle on the two-burner stove found on most outside kitchens, the inclusion of a griddle is a great idea.

RV Show RV Innovation Outdoor Kitchen Griddle At Tidewater RV Show
Outdoor Kitchen Griddle

Gray Wolf didn’t extend their outdoor kitchen, but they did upgrade it to a larger refrigerator and freezer combo. And, they added an ice maker.

RV Show RV Innovation Outdoor Kitchen Ice Maker At Tidewater RV Show
Upgraded Refrigerator and Ice Maker

RV Innovation 2: Solar To Power Residential Refrigerators

There has been a trend of introducing residential style refrigerators into RVs and campers. Residential refrigerators often provide more space than the traditional gas & electric RV refrigerators. However, you need to be able to keep them powered with electricity. Many campers now come ‘solar ready’ so that you can add solar panels. However, we noticed that Rockwood was adding solar panels combined with an inverter to help power the fridge and ensure your food stays cold.

RV Show RV Innovation Rockwood Power Inverter for Solar Power At Tidewater RV Show
Power Inverter

Rockwood also had a few other features not seen on most of the other units at the RV show including a built in WiFi range extender and a power leveling system. Nice.

RV Innovation 3: RV Leash Latches

When traveling with your four legged friends, it can sometimes be a challenge. You want them to enjoy being outside with you and they need to be on a leash. But there isn’t a good place to connect the least at most campsites. Enter the Leash Latch. This provides a secure D-ring built into the camper which would be the perfect place to connect their leash.

RV Show RV Innovation Leash Latch At Tidewater RV Show
Leash Latch

Kudos to Gray Wolf for adding this great feature to their campers.

RV Innovation 4: Upgraded Shower Fixtures

Most RVs and campers provide a basic shower sprayer. Many people choose to upgrade this to get a better showering experience. We noticed that Grand Design has introduced a better shower sprayer, at least in the Solitude line. I hope other brands follow their lead.

RV Show RV Innovation Grand Design Solitude Upgraded Shower Fixture At Tidewater RV Show
Upgraded Shower Fixture

RV Innovation 5: Upgraded TV Sound

Many new TVs don’t have great sound. At home, people often add a sound bar to provide better sound quality. That seems to be making its way into RVs and campers, too. We noticed sound bars on TVs both inside and outside at the RV show.

These examples are from a Coachman Leprechaun, Highland Ridge Open Range, and KZ Connect.

RV Innovation 6: Convenience Features

Some times it’s the small details that can make a big difference. I noticed that KZ included some nice touches including a shelf for glasses and a place to hang towels in the bathroom. They also integrated a bench into the bedroom which would make it easier for many to get dressed in the morning.

RV Innovation 7: The Smallest Toy Hauler

There were plenty of small campers at the Tidewater RV Show. The number of adventure campers available seems to keep growing. But, what if you want to bring a four wheeler or other outdoor recreation with you? How about this unit from NO BO No Boundaries. It’s the smallest toy hauler I’ve seen so far.

RV Show RV Innovation NO BO No Boundaries Small Toy Hauler RV Camper At Tidewater RV Show
Small Toy Hauler

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I hope you enjoyed reading about what caught our eye at the 2020 Tidewater RV Show. Have you been to an RV show this year? What was your favorite new feature? We’d love to her from you. Leave a comment.

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