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.