1. Everyone wanted to go RV’ing already
Why did the world go RV’ing in 2020? RV’ing in general was already on the upswing, enjoying a huge rise in popularity that last few years. The convergence of great mobile technology and a generation of folks unwilling to be tied to a desk helped fuel a growth that saw the annual sale of units eclipse a half-million in 2017.
The COVID situation only exacerbated that trend. The RV industry has enjoyed a stretch of good years and was counting on a few more. When COVID hit, the industry “Uh Oh’s” could be heard all the way from Elkhart. Little did we know that 2020 would become the Summer of the RV.
2. RV’ing is a safe activity
When viewed from the perspective of a COVID world, RVing is about as safe as you can be. When you go RVing, you are in charge of your transportation, your meals, and your accommodations. You are in control of everything you and your family sees, touches, eats, and sleeps in.
With the pandemic, we were told that our homes are the safest place to be. No one said those homes couldn’t be on wheels, which is essentially what an RV is. All of the safety measures we used to keep safe in our own homes, with our loved ones, translated to those homes on wheels.
3. We all crave the open road
Deep down we all crave the open road. American pioneers hit the road, such as it was, in the Westward Expansion of the 19th century. Many of our own parents or grandparents desired to explore Eisenhower’s new Interstate Highway System in the ’60s & ’70s. Although the world around us seemed to shut down in 2020, the roads were still open for the most part, and RVers have flocked to them.
4. We go RV’ing because we have time
2020 has changed how we think about time and working remotely. Suddenly that office you absolutely had to be in every day is unnecessary. Spending an hour or more in traffic, sometimes each way now seems absurd.
Like cubs straying from the lion’s den for brief periods, we realized we could work from the living room instead of the home office. Then we moved to the backyard, and after that the RV. We began to realize that home is where you park it, wherever that may be.
We figured out that we now had time to hit the road and could be away from the office for days or even weeks. Kids no longer had rigid school schedules to adhere to. No more soccer practice, dance lessons, or marching band. Even when school resumed, it was with remote learning. Who’s to know (or care) if your kid is at home on Redwood Drive or in a Redwood forest?
5. We go RV’ing because we value our freedom
As Americans, we aren’t used to being told we can’t do something. Even though we want to eat out, we can still cook at home. We love getting together for live sports and concerts, but we can always watch at home.
Vacation is another matter. If all the vacation opportunities are shut down, that leaves us stuck at home. Vacation time is when most of us do everything we can to get away from home. Because we have that desire to get away and feel the need and freedom to do so, many have turned to RV’ing.
6. There is so much to see
One of the best reasons to go RV’ing is because there really is so much to see. Obviously well-known destinations like Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, and Mount Rushmore should be on your list.
But there is so much amazing scenery just getting to and from those attractions. Simply driving through Monument Valley is fantastic, you don’t even have to stop. The fall colors of the Northeast, the beaches of the Southeast, and the mountains in the West should all be experienced at least once. Even with the current COVID restrictions, you can get into or near enough to most of the popular destinations to enjoy them.
7. There are no guarantees for 2021
If we assume that restrictions and closures will come and go like they have this year, then an RV makes perfect sense. You’ll still want a way to travel safely, and an RV does that for you.
If conditions dramatically improve in 2021, then your RV will be that much more versatile. You can still use your RV for road trips, getting to family gatherings, and even as a spare office if you find your company has realized the full potential of remote work and shut the corporate location down.
RV’ing is here to stay. Improvements in mobile internet speeds, remote connectivity, and campground WiFi enabled more people than ever to work remotely. Roadschooling is a new alternative to Homeschooling. RV technology and variety are greater than ever, too. There is an RV for every style and every budget. Get ready to go RV’ing in 2021.