With People Making Alternate Vacation Plans, RV Rentals And Sales Soar

Jun 1, 2020

You can see the appeal: You not only can visit beautiful spots, without flying, but have your own bathroom while on the road.

In these pandemic times, things that you may never have imagined you’d do—like buy an adult-sized inflatable pool for your back yard—suddenly make sense. Add to that: Renting an RV.

“We have had record-breaking booking numbers for the last two weeks,” says Maddie Bourgerie, a spokesperson for RVshare, a sort of Airbnb for RVs, with more than 100,000 privately-owned recreational vehicles available for lease. “As of May 19, bookings have skyrocketed more than 1000 percent.”

Toby O’Rourke, the president and CEO of Kampgrounds of America, says that in a recent KOA survey, one-third of people who’ve never camped expressed an interest in doing so this year, while 29 percent of non-campers are interested in RVs.

“I think the outdoors is very inviting, and a good choice versus indoors right now,” O’Rourke says. “Social distancing is still attainable in camping. And it’s affordable.”

Check out the full article from the Washingtonian here.