RV travel soars for summer trips in Washington amid virus
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Is this the year of RV travel? It may well be.
RVing has always been a popular mode of travel for retirees and young families out to save a buck while exploring the country, but now RV travel has a much broader audience. As the coronavirus pandemic continues, and many have canceled travel plans involving flights, RVing gives travelers a little extra piece of mind thanks to reduced interaction with others.
“The desire to get outdoors has never been greater,” says the RV Industry Association. RVIA staff has been monitoring reopening phases across the country, working to ensure health guidelines are in place for all to enjoy a successful, healthy RV season. “As RV sales and rentals across the country continue to rise, it is more important than ever for campgrounds to open as long as the providers are following all appropriate guidelines and there’s no threat to the health and safety of visitors, employees, and natural resources.”
You’re not alone if renting an RV has crossed your mind for summer travel. All across North America, RV rental bookings are on the rise as families look for feasible ways to experience summer getaways.
Canadian-owned and operated RVezy.com, the country’s first peer-to-peer RV rental marketplace, has seen a surge in reservations with an increase of over 800% in summer travel. “RVs are perfectly suited for vacation travel this summer,” says RVezy co-founder Michael McNaught. Guests "are in full control of their environment while in a self-contained RV,” making this a practical option for those who want to travel while still maintaining some social distance.
As you consider your options for summer travel in the Pacific Northwest, renting an RV may be just the solution for taking the family on the road. Thankfully, there are ample rental programs throughout Washington and the Pacific Northwest, so you can opt to rent once you arrive at your dream destination or pick up an RV closer to 凯发k8地址home.
In downtown Seattle, Peace Van Rentals is a popular choice for classic VW lovers. As the largest VW camper shop in the country, Peace Van Rentals come fully stocked with cooking and dining supplies, heaters and a thorough mechanical check-up prior to rental. For solo travelers and small families, the only thing you’ll need to pack is your personal belongings and a mental map for hitting the road.
Peace Van Rentals customer testimonials attest to the thrill of traveling in a classic VW:
“The van was a pleasure to drive, camping in it with three kids was great, and it came equipped with everything we needed for an awesome trip around the Olympic Peninsula,” said Lindsey from Alaska.
In Everett, travelers will find popular RV rental company Cruise America. While truck camper rentals are an option, families of all sizes lean toward the spacious motor凯发k8地址homes. These come with air conditioning, a fresh water toilet and full-size shower, along with all the kitchen gadgets and space you’ll need. Cruise America has been around for more than 45 years and each of their rentals is custom made to their specifications.
In Lynnwood and Vancouver, Washington, NW Adventure Rentals offers a fleet of modern RVs, motor凯发k8地址homes and travel trailers. Experienced RV travelers may want to take the extended family on a trip with a luxury diesel pusher, capable of sleeping ten guests. The most popular RV this summer, though, is a small, easily towable trailer, says NW Adventure Rentals. “RV shoppers are looking for lightweight trailers that can be towed behind small SUVs and even some cars.”
Whatever size of camper you rent, NW Adventure Rentals guides renters through the rental and set-up process start to finish. “We understand this may be your first time towing a travel trailer or driving a motor 凯发k8地址home, and you may have questions. We will review proper hitching, unhitching and RV setup procedures as well as the operation of all equipment on the RV.”
If your usual mode of travel is hopping from one Airbnb rental to the next, keep in mind there are similar peer booking platforms for RV travelers. “We connect RV owners with other campers like them who want to experience RVing without ownership,” says the Outdoorsy peer-to-peer marketplace.
The company connects travelers with a cross-country range of full-size motor凯发k8地址homes, pop-up trailers, fifth wheels and camper vans. Outdoorsy has nearly 800 RV rentals in Seattle alone, with thousands more coast to coast.
Those new to RV traveling don’t even need to drive the RV on an extensive journey. Outdoorsy will deliver camper trailers wherever guests desire and set everything up so the vacation can start the moment you arrive at your destination.
Love the idea of staying in an RV but don’t feel like renting for the drive? Book a stay at The Vintages Trailer Resort in Willamette Valley. This 14-acre park is located in the heart of wine country and provides stylish RV lodging complete with hotel-quality linens, a propane grill and an on-site pool. Book a classic Airstream camper or choose from dozens of other styles. You’ll get the full vibe of RVing in a gorgeous landscape without the car hook-up.
Counting down until the Canadian border opens back up? When restrictions lift, head north to take advantage of peer-to-peer RV rental marketplace RVezy.com. This is a great option for travelers interested in exploring British Columbia and Alberta, but who may not want to rent an RV until on the other side of the border. Try out a 1969 Volkswagen Westfalia or go for a full-family Jayco travel trailer.
Once you select your RV rental, it’s time to think about where to go this summer. Idaho State Parks and Recreation are now open for campers and out-of-state visitors are welcome. Oregon State Parks announced limited overnight camping will begin June 9, while independent camping resorts are also starting to welcome guests. The RV park at Wildhorse Resort and Casino in Pendleton, for example, is open and provides an on-site heated outdoor pool for all ages.
Washington state continues to slowly increase access to state parks and recreational areas, so it’s best to check with individual parks as you make your plans. Or find a variety of Good Sam RV campgrounds to accommodate your road trip throughout different counties.
Want to stay somewhere truly unique? Consider Harvest Hosts, a membership program where self-contained RVs, including rentals, are welcome to experience overnight stays at farms, distilleries, museums and other attractions. Book an overnight stay at a cozy farm on the Olympic Peninsula or at a cool winery in the Columbia Valley. When you’re ready to venture beyond state borders, keep in mind Harvest Hosts offers RV locations across the country and beyond.