The RV lifestyle has social distancing built in, but there are times when you’ll be around other people.
“RVing and boating are great ways for families to get back out and enjoy the enrichment that comes with active outdoor lifestyle activities,” Jefson says. But he adds that campers should follow guidelines from federal and state governments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in determining when and how to use an RV.
Traveling in an RV always involves certain logistics, such as scheduled maintenance, park reservations, route planning, and stocking up on provisions. But during this pandemic, you may need to be more methodical and self-sufficient.
Darryl Saunders, a traveler who pulls a 27-foot Airstream Globetrotter, shared several tips with Consumer Reports from his recent experiences on the road:
- Plan your stops. Park closures, restrictions, and crowding are all factors now.
- Double-check your reservations to make sure they are still valid.
- If you’re traveling to a destination for a certain attraction, make sure it’s open. Saunders mentioned that a place he wanted to see (Sequoia National Park) was closed.
- Plan ahead for food. Many businesses are now reopening, but there are still restrictions. And remember that you won’t be able to go through a drive-thru with a large trailer.
Many travelers recommend checking with RV parks about their amenities because some, including restrooms, laundry facilities, and on-site convenience stores, may be closed. Ask about specific rules regarding social distancing, which can have an on impact on pool usage, playgrounds, and campfires.
Restrictions vary by region, and they’ll certainly change throughout the year. They may include the need to self-quarantine after traveling in certain states. Check the restrictions for your state and those you plan to travel through, because they could have a significant impact on your plans.