American states haven’t completely re-opened for business, but RV sales and rentals have skyrocketed as travelers hit the road in record numbers this summer.
Social Distancing with RV Camping
States are easing restrictions, especially for outdoor activities like camping. Here’s why. RVs are akin to self-isolation on wheels. They provide freedom and flexibility to enjoy the open road while avoiding public restrooms, restaurants, airlines and hotels – all while including the necessary social distancing and coronavirus precautions.
RV Travel is Growing in Popularity
It’s a demand that is likely to increase. According to the 2020 North American Camping Report, half of campers (52%) say they are either somewhat (29%) or very likely (23%) to consider purchasing an RV. And it’s a diverse market: In 2018, new campers from multicultural backgrounds included 22% Hispanic, 14% African American and 14% Asian.
With so many newcomers taking the wheel for RV adventures it’s important for them…and veterans RVers…to remember the following tips and tricks before putting your RV in gear.
Study the features of the RV. The capabilities of an RV are distinct from a car including: the fuel range, acceleration, stopping distance, height and weight and turning radius. Know where all the equipment is and how to use it, especially know how to change a tire, refuel, and dump the waste tank.
Practice with Your RV
Practice. Start with shorter and easier trips with less traffic, more direct routes, or during the week for less crowds. Stay at a campground close to home for a few days to get used to how all the systems work. Learn how to hook up and disconnect electricity, water, and other features.
Plan Your RV Trip
Plan. RVing opens up opportunities for roadway travel trips, but it takes planning. You just can’t park anywhere like you can in your car. An RV’s height, width, weight, and maneuverability create limitations. you need to be aware of such as height, weight and maneuverability.
Obtain travel protection services. Even if you are traveling domestically, you still need travel protection services. Whether you are on an airplane or in an RV, the concern for health and safety is greater than ever. Even if you’re not particularly far from home, things can still happen – and it is not always easy to get help.
Travel protection services provide real-time updates. Make certain you can obtain up-to-date information on state-by-state and city-by-city restrictions, quarantines and hotspots in all 50 states and more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.
Getting sick or injured during a domestic or international trip is bad enough, but having to manage all the different resources, phone numbers, and contacts is an added hassle that travel protection services can take on. Case management related to an emergency when you’re more than 100 miles away from home lets you get well while the service providers handles the logistics of any situation you may encounter while on the road, from an individual in an RV accident to a family of four with a sudden medical emergency.
No one wants to get sick while on the road but if you develop a cough or a fever having medical advisory services will help you determine whether it’s allergies, a cold, or something else. These services will also provide assistance finding doctor or hospital near your location, or connect you with virtual telehealth services for face-to-face support from a board-certified physician.
Harding Bush is a former Navy SEAL and associate manager of operations for Global Rescue, the world’s leading provider of medical, security, evacuation and travel risk management services.