February 20, 2020
Technology has impacted every industry, and this includes those who enjoy outdoor recreation. While news around technological advancements is often tied to computers, AI technology, and automation, technology is also influencing the ways in which people interact with the outdoors, including those who love to use an RV on their outdoor adventures. Some of the biggest names in the industry such as Camping World (Tii:CWH), Wolverine World Wide (Tii:WWW), and Thor (Tii:THO).
Camping World has long been one of the top providers of outdoor equipment. With the Good Sam Club membership, members can save 10 percent every day at Camping World. This company provides items from some of the top companies when it comes to RV equipment, including Keystone.
For example, Keystone provides its novel iFlex SMARTryde Air Suspension System. This is based on technology used in the automotive industry that provides RV users with a smoother ride. The suspension system can be controlled using a touchpad, helping the driver level the RV, keeping the ride as smooth as possible.
In particular, this system can be used to raise or lower the ride height of the vehicle, making it easier to lower the angle of the ramp door, mate the RV to a truck bed, or even tilt the RV slightly to make it easier to empty the tanks.
Wolverine World Wide is known for its snow and ice equipment. Now, they have developed a technology for the bottom of the boot that will make it easier to walk on wet ice. The Vibram Arctic Grip Sole has been advertised to provide up to three times the grip on wet ice when compared to standard boots.
Their boots are made from lugs that use a special material that feels almost like sandpaper. When exposed to ice, the Arctic Grip turns the boots’ lugs blue. This is done through a thermochromatic effect, meaning that the color change is only aesthetic; however, it is representative of how the grip works. Users have already raved about how well the boots work, as their technology makes it much easier to walk across wet ice without slipping or falling.
Thor is one of the leading names in the world of RV technology. They have a novel app called Togo, designed for both iOS and Android. This is one of the most advanced tools in keeping RV owners organized. The goal of the app is to take the time that is usually spent on maintenance and planning, transforming this into time spent enjoying the open road. This app can be used to track maintenance and service schedules, come up with checklists, and even locate campgrounds. This app can change the way RV users plan their trips.
These are only a few of the numerous examples of how technology is changing the way we interact with the outdoors. It will be exciting to see what these companies come up with next!
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