Yesterday Lug-Nut posted about all electric RVs and their pros and cons. It is a well thought out article. Only the newer, larger deisel RVs are being built with this feature. The main advantages are 1) you can have a residential refrigerator and 2) you don't travel with propane. The disadvantages are many. The main one is that you need hookups, and 50 amps at that, most nights. Boondocking is possible, but more limited. And you'll be running your generator several hours a day.
I began full-time RVing in 1992. We started with a used motorhome. RV friends we made traveled in simple travel trailers and could live on practicially nothing. They spent months boondocked in national forests and on BLM land. Most of us boondocked a good bit of the time.
In the 15+ years since we started, RVing has gone mainstream. Luxurious RVs costing upwards of a million dollars are being built. The bells and whistles in new RVs are amazing. We modified our MH to put in a desk; newer ones have desks, entertainment centers and elaborate technology. We see people with $200,000 to $500,000 RVs trading them in for even better (translated - more expensive) ones every couple of years. RV park fees are going up. A few charge more than $100 a day and cater to the large rigs. If you motorhome is more than a few years old, forget staying there.
There seem to be two tracks of RVers. One group has lots of money to spend and sees staying in RV parks as the norm. They are tethered to their utility pole. Travel in these rigs can't be spontaneous if you must have a 50 amp hookup and a site large enough to fit your rig. Many in this track may not have the newest and latest but do see RVing as moving from RV park or campground to another. More RVs need 50 amp power. Convection ovens must have electricity to operate and are in most of the new rigs.
Others still look at RVing as a way to see the country and enjoy out-of-the-way places. They choose smaller RVs so they can get off the beaten track. They want to experience nature and quiet. Being clustered in a group of RVs is not what the RV experience is all about. These RVers change their lifestyle. They don't spend a lot of money on "stuff" or even experiences. They go where they can hike, take photos, and enjoy what nature has to offer. It's both free and priceless.
Of course many of us wander back and forth between these two tracks. We stay in parks on our travels, but seek the natural experience. We love finding natural hot springs and hiking in national parks.
If you had to say which mindset fits you the best, which would it be?