The industry says 2020 is the year of the RV.
RV sales are going through the roof. Dealers are reporting that customers are buying them over the phone, sight unseen.
When you toss in the return of warm weather. the Memorial Day weekend and the start of the summer travel season, record low gas prices and a virus-caused aversion for things like crowded cruises, airline travel and even staying in hotel rooms, you can see why so many think this is the year of the RV.
Then there's the media feeding frenzy. Every major news outlet and TV network, along with regional and community newspapers, have been doing stories for the past few weeks about this new boom in RV travel and how this is the year of the RV.
Why is this the Year of the RV and why are so many people buying RVs?
Year of the RV Reason #1:
They are self contained: RVs are the perfect solution to being able to get away and self isolate. One of the year of the RV newspaper stories I saw this week said traveling in an RV is like being quarantined at home, but a home on wheels. You have your bathroom, bedroom and kitchen all contained in your tiny home. You're only breathing your germs.
Year of the RV Reason #2
You can social distance in an RV: Most people certainly are convinced about the need to social distance and expect to be doing so for some time. Even in a campground, you can keep your distance from others and still be outside. Hiking, fishing, longing in the sun can be very satisfying solo and thus socially distant activities.
Year of the RV Reason #3
Families can travel together in an RV: People have been cooped up so long but are wary of mixing in crowded places. They can stock up the RV with groceries, have an adventure but do so as a family, without having individual members exposed to “stranger germs” and bringing them home. As the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association says in a video they did on how 2020 will be the year of the RV: “There’s no better way to recreate responsibly and control your travel experience than in an RV.”
Year of the RV Reason #4
The desire to get outdoors has never been greater: Personally, I think this is the most important reason that 2020 will be the year of the RV. It is just not healthy to be indoors for as long as many people have been since March. You can get close to nature in an RV, yet still have the security of having your own four walls to retreat to at the end of the day. It's like I say on our RV Lifestyle “Small House. Big Yard” T-shirt.
Year of the RV Reason #5
You can find plenty of places to camp close by: As people emerge from lockdown, many are doing so tentatively. Just as they don't want to travel overseas or on a cruise right now, they are a bit wary of being too far away from home base. Most RVers are traveling in their own states, a tank of fuel away. With some states still on lockdown and openly discouraging out-of-state visitors, camping close to home is not so scary. If someone gets sick or concerns develop, they can jump in the RV and head back home.
I've probably done a dozen interviews this week from various media outlets on this being the year of the RV. Those five reasons are some of the driving factors, I believe.
Here are two more stories I've recently done that you should read if you want to understand more about 2020 being the year of the RV:
- 5 big changes to expect about RV travel and camping this summer
- 1o important things the RV Lifestyle is…and is not
- Surprise reason to buy an RV: It's cleaner than a hotel room
How about you? What do you think. Is this really the year of the RV?
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