In the uncharted era of traveling during the COVID-19 crisis, vacationers in record numbers are choosing recreational vehicles as their preferred means of travel.
Limitations resulting from the novel coronavirus have “opened the eyes of people who never thought about (traveling by RV) before,” said Travis Creech, operations manager of Rex & Sons RV in Wilmington, N.C. “It’s not cool to leave the country, but it’s really cool to leave the house, leave the bubble. RVing is freedom and convenience and gives people freedom to explore.”
Creech’s observations are echoed in a June 5 report by the RV Industry Association (RVIA). Summarizing its recent survey findings, the RVIA stated that 20 percent of survey respondents in the U.S. “are more interested in RVs as a recreational travel option in the aftermath of COVID-19 – the highest of any option tested.”
The report added that 51 percent of survey respondents planning to make an RV trip this year said that current concerns about the coronavirus increased their interest in RV camping.
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Creech is seeing that new interest at the dealership founded by his father in 1997.
“There have been the most first-time RVers I have encountered in the almost 23 years I have been in the industry,” he said.