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[SW Colorado | July 2020 | By Ninah Hunter]
According to Forbes Magazine, 2020 is likely to be a banner year for RVers. “Consider that millions of cooped-up Americans are eager to get out and travel. Driving will be the preferred method of transportation, and self-cocooning in some sort of RV would seem to be one of the most desirable ways to travel with family or close friends.”
There are lots of advantages to heading on the road in an RV. Social distancing is a given—it’s you and your fellow riders; no masks needed. You have our own bathroom, which alleviates the fear of shared germs, a major concern for road trippers who use public restrooms. And you take your bed with you, no need to share one where you aren’t sure how clean it is or if the hospitality staff has thoroughly sanitized your accommodations.
RVs can be expensive, though. Buying one new can set you back anywhere up to $300,000! Sharing one can be a good option, so you don’t have to store it or park in your driveway when not in use. It’s kind of like an Airbnb rental, but motorized and on wheels. Owners who don’t use their rigs all the time can share them (for a rental fee) with you through a company like Outdoorsy or RV Share. The latter reports the number of days booked via its website has more than doubled compared to last year. Another option is to outright rent one from a company like Cruise America. And that company reports it is rapidly running out of rentals, so if you want to sign up, do it now. Rental fees are similar to hotel rates (in many cases, a little lower), but don’t forget to figure in the gasoline cost. These vehicles go through a lot of gas! Before you rent—if you rent, or if you buy used—be sure to check that the vehicle has been thoroughly sanitized according to CDC guidelines.
You can take your toys with you. Many RVers haul a “Toy Trailer” behind their rig. Image, Amy Lokey, Red Mountain RV., Silverton.
You can take your “toys,” too—ATVs, Jeep, boat, bikes. A lot of campers use a “toy-hauler” for the bigger items and often tow a Jeep or 4-wheel-drive vehicle behind the rig. For those who make a habit of it, RVing is a great way to travel, and they’ve mastered the tools to travel comfortably.
Own, buy, share, rent—whatever your choice, now is a great time to get on the road and go. Here are some tips for planning for summer and fall camping and road tripping. You can also find some of my favorite Internet planning tools, most of which also have a mobile phone app for use on the road.