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More Utahns, others are renting RVs for their vacations amid the coronavirus

(Rick Bowmer | AP file photo) This Sept. 15, 2015, file photo, shows Zion National Park near Springdale, Utah. More people are renting RVs for their getaways amid the coronavirus pandemic.

As the temperature rises and coronavirus cases continue to increase, many Utahns are renting recreational vehicles for summer getaways.

Salt Lake City RV bookings rose 86% as of late May compared to the previous year, according to RVshare, a peer-to-peer rental marketplace (sort of an Airbnb for RVs).

Based on an RVshare survey, 77% of respondents are looking to make travel plans within the next three months. Almost half said they would like to go for at least a week, and about 93% are aiming to avoid crowds this summer.

Most respondents (65%) want to reconnect with nature and plan to visit national parks. Some customers will likely visit a lake destination and travel out of Utah. RVshare says about 84% plan to travel with immediate family, not extended relatives or friends.

“RVs are self-contained, meaning they allow for a more intimate way to vacation,” a news release noted. “They provide the ability to travel, sleep and eat in the same place with limited contact with others.”

RVshare also is prepared for last-minute bookings and cancellations. RVshare has seen a “steady trend” of last-minute booking, and users can search for an RV based off of the cancellation policy type.

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