There’s no denying it, RV travel is popular and is only getting more so! As we come out of the pandemic (albeit slowly), seasoned campers are finding increasing competition for coveted camping spots, both standard tent and RV spots in campgrounds and resorts across the nation.
Not convinced? RVShare reported a 1,000 percent increase in bookings in just two months in April and May, and that was back in 2020!
And the new campers? Well, experts all over are reporting that new RV enthusiasts have caught the bug and are planning even bigger adventures this year and beyond. The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) have shown that many vacationers plan to spend more nights camping this year than ever before.
The top three reasons for this surge are:
- To get away from the crowds and noise at more popular destinations and cities
- A general love for outdoor spaces
- Exploring new destinations
With that, the interest in RV camping is at an all-time high. Much of this is attributed to the growth of remote work and even virtual schooling. People have more freedom now to roam than they ever had before. Whew knew you could work and be on vacation at the same time?
“RVs provide an opportunity for people to continue to enjoy vacations with their families while still adhering to social distancing, which will likely be around in some form for the foreseeable future,” says Monika Geraci, RV Industry Association spokeswoman.
Since 2020, there have been over one million full-time RVers in the U.S. Now that it is 2022, that number has surely increased…by a lot.
RVing is now experiencing a huge number of younger families who can pack all of their members into one cozy vehicle. They have been quick to discover that they can enjoy all the comforts of home while taking their young ones to the most beautiful places in the country.
An increasing number of RVers, those who have families, those who do not…and yes, even solo travelers, are discovering the joys of mobile living. They are maintaining full-time jobs by working remotely. As more companies are shifting their workforce to fully remote even after the pandemic, the number of professionals who become digital nomads will only increase in the future.
Are you new to the RV game? Here are some tips to bring you into the fold:
- Rent an RV before you buy. Get a feel for how your home on wheels drives, how to work and maintain the features, and how much maintenance goes into it.
- Figure out what type of RV or campervan fits with your situation and lifestyle.
- When you are ready to buy, try to buy used – there’s a huge market for used RVs, and you will save money to boot.
- Ease into it slowly. Start with a long weekend trip, then slowly increase your RV time from there.
- Leave plenty of room for planning. This is true whether you choose to be a part-time or full-time RVer.
Your travels will go a lot smoother when you take your time and prioritize what works for you. This also includes driving the RV and knowing how to operate it safely.
So, have you made your RV travel plans yet this year? If not, NOW is the time. Don’t hesitate! Book your stay with us today – we’d love to have you as part of our RV family.