From cancelled flights to cancelled cruises, the COVID-19 had a devastating impact on the travel industry. This is understandable considering that many travel arrangements did not allow for recommended social distancing.
The recreational vehicle (RV) industry has thrived despite the pandemic. RV owners continued to put on thousands of miles as they drove to see loved ones and stop and enjoy outdoor destinations along their journey. Since the pandemic, some people opt to stay at places such as ski areas and wineries instead of campgrounds. Most Canadians travelled with people only from their immediate household and had the option to sleep in their RV.
Top Benefits of Traveling by RV during the Pandemic
With smartphones, laptops, and tablets, staying in touch with family and friends while on the road is easy in an RV. That helps people to feel like they are not missing anything back home when spending days or weeks on the road. The culture built around RVing has grown significantly as well. People love to connect with others who share their interest of traveling with their own miniature house on wheels.
The RV lifestyle allows maximum flexibility for families who homeschool their children. Not only can they work around their travelling schedule, but their kids may be able to see some lessons in their schoolbooks firsthand. Working remotely from the road is also a possibility for people who do not need to hook up extensive technology to do so.
RV groups have sprung up around varying interests such as community service and charitable projects and by life stages. Older members of the RV community describe how travelling to complete such projects gives them a sense of purpose in their retirement years. Many are affiliated with religious organizations at home that let them know of specific needs they can meet across Canada.
The isolation of the past year due to COVID-19 restrictions has also caused a renewed interest in the RV lifestyle. Families who choose not to park their RV in places like ski areas and wineries can still stay at campgrounds or even luxury RV resorts.
Those who stay at campgrounds or resorts often come together at night to build a fire and just enjoy each other’s company. One of the things that veteran RV families especially appreciate about traditional campgrounds and RV parks is the opportunity to meet new people every day.
How to Explore the RV Lifestyle
Experienced RV families stress not to rush into purchasing an RV because it can come with a large cost and requires a time commitment for maintenance and repair. Some describe how they spent a full year researching different models and learning as much as they could about recreational vehicles.
While online research is convenient, those who have enjoyed the lifestyle for a while also recommend visiting RV shows whenever possible. Seeing many options of RVs in person is a different experience than viewing them online. Renting an RV for a few trips is a good way for people to explore whether they like the lifestyle before committing to purchasing their own vehicle.
People need to have room to store their RV when they are home. One way to meet this need is to buy a house with an RV pad or have one installed. Some Canadians in the RV community are willing to allow others to park their RV at their property at no charge if those taking advantage of the offer are willing to return the favour.
There May Be a Wait to Get Your Hands on an RV
RV sales and rentals jumped immediately after coronavirus travel restrictions went into place in March 2020. In fact, the demand for RVs increased so much that some people have reported waiting up to a year to have a new RV built for them. Buying used is always an option, as is investing in a camper van or lightweight towable trailer instead.
Every RV Needs Insurance
Whether Canadians buy or rent their RV, it’s prudent to make sure you insure them properly. Features to look for in an RV insurance policy include replacement cost if the vehicle is a total loss, that it is a standalone RV policy that won’t impact your auto or home policy in the event of a claim, your personal effects in a unit are covered, and emergency vacation expenses. Having a robust RV insurance policy in place makes it easier to relax and enjoy the time on the road along with the destinations along the way.