Have you considered taking an RV vacation in China?

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August 5, 2011


China's first RV rally

By Bob Difley

Be glad you’re not an RV fulltimer or boondocker in China. With its 1.3 billion people, there are only about 5,000 RVs–in the whole country!And no wonder, since there are only a few dozen “RV camps” according to the China RV & Camping Association as reported by USA Today.

However, if you are in the RV manufacturing business, that’s a good thing. Change is coming fast in China, says Wang Jidong, the RV association’s secretary general, as local governments and businesses are rushing to build hundreds of RV camps around the country.

Lu Jun, general manager of the Beijing International Automotive Camping Park that opens later this month in south Beijing says, “When I talk to U.S. RV suppliers, they ask if I want to buy three or four vehicles,” referring to imported RVs costing over $70,000 each. His reply? “I want to buy 1,000 to fill the 100 camps his company will build within two years.”

With little in the way of government oversight and environmental studies, entrepreneurs are building camping parks faster than is conceivable in the USA.

They are also building smaller, inexpensive motorhomes (trailers have not caught on yet due to restrictive licensing requirements) to meet the exploding demand and popularity of camping. I wonder how long it will be before cheapChinese motorhomes will start appearing on American dealers’ sales lots.

Check out my website for RVing tips and destinations in America, and for my ebooks: BOONDOCKING: Finding the Perfect Campsite on America’s Public LandsSnowbird Guide to Boondocking in the Southwestern Deserts, and 111 Ways to Get the Biggest Bang out of your RV Lifestyle Dollar.

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  35. My chief navigator says,”no” to China travel. We prefer to shop and buy American when possible. (Sometimes our fresh produce purchases come from Mexico, but I think it’s still part of North America.)

    However, I imagine selling 1000 US built RV’s to China would bring some employment to our RV companies. We can’t solve the trade imbalance by exporting cigarettes and Jack Daniels alone. Now, if we can just get most of our vehicles running on home grown or produced fuels and solve the rest of our trade imbalance.

  36. Dan Rambow

    Butterbean, don’t shortchange the Chinese countryside. The majority of the country is open space. There are some scattered mega-cities in the interior, along with major population centers along the coast. There are deserts, mountains, canyons, forests, wetlands, etc., depending upon where you go. I have only seen it in travelogs, but looks like there is a lot to see.

    Think of it as similar in size to the the United States, with a relatively new interstate system, and a rapidly growing affluent population. As the units become available, I would expect there will be lots of people very interested in getting out of the big cities to see the countryside.

    I don’t plan on driving my RV there, but could feel a kinship with the individual Chinese citizen who wants to get away from it all. Perhaps for them, considering the concentrated population centers, it might be even more important to them than us?

  37. Bruce

    I would not even think about going to Mexico, much less China. This communist country wants to take over or destroy America, so why would American want to give them any more money than we already do.

  38. butterbean carpenter

    Howdy Bob,

    I doubt there are any places in China to ‘boondock’, with all of those people.. Some

    guy was trying to start an rv company in China a while back, but didn’t get it started..

    If they do build’em they’ll be available @ WallyWorld and Harbor Freight….

    Smooth roads, clear skies & balmy breezes !!!!!!!!!

  39. I was very interested to see this, as my humorous RV travel memoir, QUEEN OF THE ROAD (Random House) is being published next month in China. It’s been published in a few foreign countries, but I really didn’t understand why China would want it. Now, I know.

    Wonder if they’ll change the title to “Comrade of the Road.”