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COVID-19 and social distancing have made vacationing in an RV very attractive. RV sales have soared as people have realized that camping is the perfect way to travel while controlling their ability to distance themselves from the masses.
Purchasing a camper is expensive and a significant investment. While trying to decide if camping is a good fit, we recommend renting an RV.
There are many camper types (check out our article on camper types) and floorplans (check out our article on camper floorplans) available to rent. Renting an RV helps you determine what kind of camper and floorplan fits your needs before investing in a camper.
Renting an RV
There are several ways that you can rent an RV. First, numerous companies such as Cruise America specialize in camper and RV rentals. These companies generally have everything you need to begin camping, but many times these rentals are relatively expensive and may not be in a convenient location.
Peer to peer rentals are growing in popularity and have many built-in advantages. A peer to peer rental is like Airbnb, where private owners rent their RVs when they are not personally using them. Outdoorsy has the most extensive inventory of peer to peer rentals available. (Click here to check out the Outdoorsy inventory) Depending upon your needs, you can rent anything from a pop-up camper to a Class A motor home. Insurance and roadside assistance are included.
If you do not have the means to tow a camper, many camper owners on Outdoorsy will tow their rig to your location (within a certain mileage radius) and set it up for you.
One of the many advantages of using Outdoorsy is the convenience of finding an RV near your house or your destination. Numerous rental options are within 30 to 60 minutes of your location.
Advantages of Camping
There is no better way to spend quality time together than on the road in an RV. You are making memories that your family will remember for the rest of their lives. Many families take games that can be played indoors or outdoors on your adventure (Check out our article on family fun activities for some great ideas).
Students connect with what they learn in school by actually seeing and experiencing. Camping allows children and adults alike to experience history, geographical features, and landmarks that they may never otherwise have the ability to visit. As educators, we strongly believe that exposure is more important than anything a student will learn in a classroom.
In today’s fast-paced world, unplugging may be the most considerable advantage of camping. We are never away from work, as we are always a call, text, or email away. As urban areas continue to grow, it seems that the country is becoming one large suburb. Camping gets us outdoors and away from the suburbs where we can genuinely relax.
In addition to being a safer alternative to flying and staying in hotels during this pandemic, camping is more economical than traditional travel. Even when you factor the cost of the rental and gas, it is cheaper to camp than to stay in a hotel. The cost of most campgrounds is under $50 per night, and you can usually stay for around $30 a night while traveling.
Many camping discount programs pay for themselves in one or two nights. Even if you are only on the road for a couple of weeks per year, the discount programs are still a great value (Check out our article on camping discount programs). Another way that you save money in an RV is by cooking your meals. When you travel with food, drinks, and snacks, you save money by not dining out.
Campers and Campfires recommends renting a camper for travel, whether it be temporary during the pandemic, or before you purchase a personal rig. We have found that Outdoorsy is an excellent source for peer to peer rentals. Campers and Campfires hopes that you have a fantastic, adventurous summer while staying safe on vacation!
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