RVing has never been more popular in the U.S., and it’s increasingly tempting for foreign visitors and vacationers to rent an RV and see a lot in a short time but still in a great deal of comfort.
Drudge Today reported that the industry has been in expansion mode since 2010, but it is the motorhomes – especially the easier-to-drive class C – that are fueling the appetite of outdoorsy holidaymakers, sparking an exponential growth in traveling vacations.
A proliferation of rental agents – including RVShare, the camping world’s equivalent of Airbnb – have also combined to boost RV popularity. A motorhome rental can be as low as $100 a night while a typical campground, where you just plug in to a constant supply of electricity and water, costs around $50 and is even better value for stays of a week or two. Equally, you can stay “off the grid” for days at a time for free, thanks to a separate generator.
Cruise America is the largest rental company in North America with a fleet of 4,500 vehicles, and Randall Smalley is the executive for global marketing and business development: “In the last five years, RVing has become highly trendy. This is an adventure, what I call a ‘digital detox’, an escape from all the technology around us. The core value of a trip is about family and friends, where you go and what you do, not selfies and social media.”
Smalley ticks off the elements that make this holiday increasingly appealing – an extended season in places like California and Florida; new destinations such as eastern Canada, Nashville and the South; smarter, easier to operate vehicles; more one-way rentals on routes like Vancouver to Calgary and Las Vegas to San Francisco, which appeal to international visitors; and a better understanding of transatlantic tastes.
He adds: “We know people in Europe have a strong tradition of camping, and it is very affordable if you’re on a budget. Equally, it fills a lot of bucket-list requirements. Because of the size of our fleet, we can offer many one-way trips, and that works well for Europeans who have two or three weeks to spare. They want to see a lot and not have to retrace their steps. But customers who come for three weeks are also smart; they know you need to spend a week in some of the national parks to get the full experience, and they’ll take the time to do it.”
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