I am an RV enthusiast with more than 50 years of experience owning, driving, traveling and living in recreational vehicles.
Many people were already planning for their summer RV vacations when the news of a new and virulent virus with no vaccine reared its ugly head.
People had already purchased their dream travel vehicles, arranging their finances, deciding about where they would go and what they would do when things came to a screeching halt.
At first the virus did not seem a big deal, but very soon it became apparent that it was more than that. People worldwide were getting sick and many were dying, and there was no medication of knowledge that could stop this disease.
The final blow occurred when the stock market crashed. This happened because guidelines were set in place by governments that forced people to stay away from one another and avoid going to places where groups normally gathered, such as churches, restaurants, bars, and sporting events.
As a result, many businesses had to close, the income they had previously enjoyed disappeared, and investors smelled trouble. Money disappeared from the markets, thousands of people lost their jobs, and no end was in sight.
Thus Covid 19 caught everybody by surprise both with regards to their health and their finances. At the moment, nobody knows what the consequences will be when it comes to RV travel, but discussions already are out there that show that significant changes are on the horizon for 2020.
Should You Even Go Camping This Summer
In truth, people are enjoying camping as I write this. However, most are sticking close to home and are taking great care to follow the health safety guidelines put out by the CDC.
Those who do this are at no more risk than if they stayed home. However, when vacationing, it’s easy to become lax. Stand too close to someone who has the virus, and you can catch it, too.
As summer approaches, however, more people will want to get out onto the road. This means that campgrounds will be more crowded and keeping your distance can become increasingly difficult. Children will want to play with one another, and stopping them from doing so will be a big problem.
Each family will have to decide what is best and how they will handle various situations, and this will be very stressful. These serious decisions could ruin any plans people have and could lead to bigger problems.
In addition, most RV owners know that camping can be expensive. Those strapped by lost jobs or major market losses may not even be able to travel at all due to financial considerations.
Will You Be Able to Go Camping This Summer?
The bigger question is whether you even are able to do any RV camping this summer.
Right now parks already are imposing limitations and some may have to close as well.
Nobody knows what the conditions will be a few months from now, but if the majority of would be travelers are told to stay home (something that is already happening due to Covid 19); campgrounds will have to close their doors due to lack of income. Some may never be able to reopen.
Current limitations likely will feed into this situation as well. For example, travelers will not be able to use public bathrooms, swimming pools or clubhouses.
I strongly suspect that many parks won’t open as a result because travelers won’t want to stay where they cannot openly enjoy themselves. The few that do open may well have more visitors than usual. This can lead to higher health risks.
The Picture Is Changing Rapidly
If you stand back and look objectively at all of the options and then weigh the impact they can have on your travel plans, the smartest thing you may decide to do is avoid the temptation to go RV camping for now.
In truth, you may not even be legally permitted to travel, so that will resolve your quandary.
That brand new RV you just purchased will have to just sit in storage until it is safe to use it. You won’t be able to sell it because people either
- won’t be able to afford to buy a recreational vehicle,
- will be afraid to take a trip in one,
- won’t be able to afford to go camping or
- will understand that trying to take a trip in an environment where many parks are already closed or are creating various limitations on campground use will not be pleasant and may be quite stressful.
The Bottom Line
Since there currently is no vaccine available, it’s going to be quite awhile until one is produced. It’s also going to take time for US financials to stabilize, so it should be apparent that to stay healthy and as financially solvent as possible, the best choice is to avoid doing much RV travel.
If people make this decision, it’s going to have a major financial impact on the recreational vehicle industry and many companies likely will shut down.
To stay open, they need buyers and the current situation does not lend itself to buying expensive luxury items that will mostly have to just sit until this crisis ends.
On the other hand, if you have money, this could be a great time to buy that motor home, camper or travel trailer because you’re probably going to see the lowest sales prices that you’ve seen in a long time.
It might be worth making a reasonable purchase so that you’ll have a unit you can use in 2021!
There are many variables right now when it comes to taking RV vacations in 2020.
- Those running things may well develop a vaccine sooner than thought.
- The stock market may stabilize more quickly.
- Businesses may be able to reopen sooner.
- People may be able to return to work in short order.
These things can and may happen. If they do, campgrounds will open and will offer all of the great things they gave RV travelers in the past.
My advice? Keep an eye on the news and make your decisions carefully. There is a lot at stake for all of us right now, so the more you know about 2020 RV travel, the better off you will be.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Sondra Rochelle
Sondra Rochelle (author) from USA on March 31, 2020:
Great Idea. Not the year to plan a big cross country RV trip, unfortunately...gotta stay alive so we can have one next year!
Liz Westwood from UK on March 30, 2020:
COVID-19 is impacting so many different areas of life. Thanks for highlighting its effect on the RV world. This year might be the year of the staycation with holidays and trips put off into the future. Stay safe.
VIDYA D SAGAR on March 30, 2020:
Great advise on RV travel Sondra. This pandemic has spoiled the vacation plans of many people. More so the kids. It is advisable that people need to postpone RV travel, to stay healthy and financially stable as you mentioned, at a critical time like this.