What follows is politically incorrect on many levels and deals in broad generalities, stereotyping and is probably more WRONG than non-alcoholic beer.
Women are the reason most new RV's suck. It's not their fault, it's just marketing.
Marketing people have always known that women either make or “influence” most of the buying decisions in America.
For the most part this is a good thing. It's why we have cup holders, heated seats, and those plastic tabs on the back of the rear bench in the minivan to hang shopping bags on. I love those things.
Likewise, women are the reason we live in centrally heated homes with carpeting and matching curtains. If it was up to most men, we'd have a small bedroom attached to a large steel shop, or maybe an indoor gun range.
So this phenomenon of women making things better for civilized humans has generally been a good thing until it collided with some basic male instincts.
Men want happy women and more horsepower. Women want rv's that look like luxury condos. This is OK with the RV industry because these desires combine to make bigger more expensive RV's.
What woman doesn't want oak cabinets, marble countertops, and a full size tub? Does she even care how heavy all that crap is? No. because the caveman she's married to really wants to shove his foot into the 7.3 litres of raw diesel power necessary to force nine tons of "homeyness" down the slab at 100 feet per second.
I'm not suggesting the women are dumb, or easily duped. They are more than capable of understanding simple physics. But NO ONE wants to explain this. The RV guy wants to sell bigger more expensive campers and the caveman wants MORE POWER, UUURRRRGGGG!!
In the end, we have to live with large, heavy, lumbering leaky beasts (( I'm still talking about the campers )).
And, to add to our suffering, it takes a glove box full of hundred dollar bills to move the thing to Camper World so they can fix the leaky roof.
I'm really blessed. My wife LOVES the looks of our 72 Revcon. She's only remotely interested in the weight ((under 8,000 lb)) and the fuel economy, ((12+ MPG )).
So, if you want to own a practical, efficient RV that DOES NOT SUCK, you need to be willing to give up 18-wheeler power or granite countertops.