We are big fans of RV travel and think every family should have one. But, summer 2020 poses some unique challenges for families that want to practice social distancing during their vacation.
Why an RV?
Your family will have their own sleeping space, kitchen, dining area, and bathroom. You only have to go out of you want to visit a local business after researching their COVID-19 prevention practices. If you still aren’t ready to venture out, you don’t have to leave your campsite.
Parent Tip: Ask for a site far away from the playground equipment if you don’t want to spend your vacation telling your little ones they can’t play on it yet.
Why go camping?
You can pick a campground (or land) near wide open spaces and lots of outdoor activities. We use an app called RVParky to find our next stop. Also, we chose to join Thousand Trails. For around $500, you’ll get 30 days of free camping and then it is very cheap after that, maybe $5 a day.
We don’t go boondocking yet (camping without hookups), but if you are braver, you can camp for free on any BLM land. Check out Campendium to find an open site near your destination.
What about activities?
Our lives changed when we started vacationing in our RV. We weren’t outdoorsy people, and often chose children’s museums and yummy restaurants to fill our vacation itinerary. Now, we look for all the outdoor adventures we can find.
Often, these activities are free, full of nature and beautiful spaces for our kid to burn off all that energy. We’ve changed so much that we chose our campgrounds based on what state or National parks are nearby.
But how does it work?
OK, answering this one isn’t easy, but it is doable. If you’d like to rent before you buy, check out RVShare and Outdoorsy. These sites have tons of rental options for around $150 per night. Some owners may even drop it off for you if you aren’t ready to drive a rig. Although, anyone with a valid driver’s license can drive an RV.
If you are ready to buy an RV, there are lots of options. Pro top: RVs break, a lot. It might make sense to buy a used rig and get a warranty if anything big breaks. Otherwise, you’ll probably have to get your hands dirty sometimes. It is the unfortunate side of RV ownership, but well worth the headache.
What model should we get?
You can choose from motorhomes, travel trailers, campervans, popup trailers and fifth wheels. We love the space that comes with a fifth wheel, but you have to have a big ol’ truck to pull it. You can pull small travel trailers with an SUV. My recommendation is to do your research and find what works best for your traveling crew. Campervans and motorhomes are fully contained vehicles that do not require a tow vehicle, so those options may be best for this summer.
Insider Tip: If you all ride in the RV, then it will be the only vehicle you have with you. Keep that in mind. You’ll need to drive it anywhere you want to go.
Why did you choose to RV?
We get asked this a lot, and honestly, we sort of fell into it. Now, I can’t imagine vacationing any other way. For more on that, check out this article about why we chose an RV over a vacation home (or rental).
My two cents, go for it! You’ll make some fantastic memories and a few funny mistakes, but you won’t regret taking the trip. Feel free to reach out and ask me anything. I’ll do my best to answer your questions or find someone that can. I hope you have a great summer!