RVs Could Be the Answer to Your Summer Travel Plans: Here’s What to Know

RVs Could Be the Answer to Your Summer Travel Plans: Here's What to Know

While many summer travel plans have been postponed or canceled because of the coronavirus, one form of travel might be a viable way to go: RVs. As of May 19, bookings on RVshare, an RV peer-to-peer booking platform, were up 1,000 percent from early April. Yes, 1,000 percent.

The RV-sharing platform has been doing its part during the pandemic by teaming up with RVs 4 MDs to help provide RVs to front-line health workers.

The pandemic has affected travel enormously around the world. On April 7, the Transportation Security Administration recorded the lowest number of U.S. flyers screened in the agency’s history, when it dropped to below 100,000—a 95 percent decrease from the same day in 2019. On May 20, the TSA screened 230,367 passengers, compared with 2,472,123 on the same day last year.

Empty security lines are seen at Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans on May 15. Air travel is down an estimated 94 percent because of the coronavirus pandemic.
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As the pandemic has halted most forms of travel, families are looking for safe ways to get out after months of home isolation. But for some people—about a million, to be exact—living out of an RV is the norm.

An RVshare survey that found that 77 percent of respondents were looking to make travel plans within the next three months. Sixty-five percent of travelers said they want to be in and around nature, including locations like a national park (65 percent) or a lake (47 percent).

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Around one million people in the United States are full time RV-ers. Though according to Curtis Coleman, there are 10s of millions of RV owners total.

Connecting (and Traveling) at a Safe Distance

RVillage, the largest social media platform for RVs, offers a place for RVers (and aspiring RVers) to talk to one another. Whether you are considering purchasing an RV for an upcoming vacation, deciding to leave your conventional home behind or have been on the road for years, about 3,000 crowdsourced groups are available to field all RV-related questions and discussions, RVillage founder Curtis Coleman told Newsweek.

Now, with the pandemic, RV travelers and owners can use the platform to help plan their next move safely.

Coleman's Prevost RV
RVillage founder Curtis Coleman’s Prevost RV, where he lives full time.
Curtis Coleman

“People are talking to each other,” Coleman said. “What’s open, what is not open? What are best practices right now if you want to go with your family? Where to avoid? How does social distancing work in the RV?”