Will this be a banner year for RV travel?
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. It’s not just millennials who will be going after the van life. So I asked Craig Kirby, President of the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association for his thoughts on this coming boom.
Everett Potter: Domestic travel is likely to recover first as the coronavirus restrictions are lifted. Where do you see the role of RVs in this recovery?
Craig Kirby: Americans love the space and freedom of the outdoors and the enrichment that comes with living an active outdoor life. RVs not only enable this lifestyle; they also provide a self-contained existence that other forms of travel don’t allow. After an indeterminate period of isolation, we believe families will be more enthusiastic than ever to get outside and see new places, even within their own states. RV travel allows people to sleep in their own bed, cook gourmet meals, and control where they go. Once federal and state restrictions are lifted, they’ll be able to experience the endless range of outdoor wonders throughout the country and the freedom of independent travel that RVs offer. This includes the option to forego a campground since RVs have everything a family needs to camp remotely.
Check out the complete Q&A with RV Industry Association President Craig Kirby and Forbes here!