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Now is time to book your summer camping trip

With RV travel being more popular than ever, now is the time to book your summer travel to secure ideal rates, your first choice of vehicles, and highly coveted campgrounds. RVshare, the first and largest RV rental marketplace, has reported seeing 10 times as many bookings this month compared to previous years.  In order to get ahead of the booking curve,  RVshare recommends booking your RV 60-90 days in advance of your travel dates. 

“Booking more than a month in advance will provide you with the best rates, vehicles, and campground options,” said RVshare’s CEO Jon Gray. ”If you’re looking to camp over Memorial Day weekend, book now. For the 4th of July weekend, book by June 4.”

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Many families canceled their travel plans in 2020 and are more ready than ever to go on a vacation this summer. Those who did not cancel and instead gave the RV lifestyle a try are anxious to get back out on the open road after a long winter stuck inside. RVshare hasn’t seen the desire for RV travel let up at all, solidifying RV rentals as a travel category that isn’t going away any time soon.

RVing proved to be a safe way to continue to explore and to visit loved ones without coming into contact with a lot of people as you might in an airport or hotel. With schools and workplaces going virtual, many people also took the chance to work from the road or road school their kids while seeing the sights across the country. In fact, RVshare’s esearch showed that 80% of the people who booked RVs and trailers through their site in 2020 were new renters.

Many of the people who discovered the fun and ease of RVing in 2020 will continue adventuring in 2021. People are still cautious as they travel, and a lot of people say they’re hesitant to fly. Many people have also said that visiting family and friends in 2021 is very important to them, and RVing is a great way to travel to those you love without a lot of exposure to others.

Additionally, many people purchased RVs in 2020 or made permanent lifestyle changes so that they now live in their motorhomes full-time. The RV Industry Association (RVIA) noted that RV shipments reached an all-time high in the first quarter of 2021! Those people are going to continue to travel this year as well. That means you’re not only competing with other renters for those coveted campground spots, but the full-time RVers or even part-time RVers as well.

Where are People Traveling?

According to RVshare, these are the most popular destinations for their travelers. The top national parks where RVers say they want to travel in 2021 are:

Yellowstone National Park
Grand Canyon National Park
Zion National Park
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Sequoia National Park

RVers have also indicated they want to camp at the following campgrounds:

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, FL
Campland on the Bay, SD
Ginnie Springs, FL
Lazy LL Campgrounds, TX
Cherrystone Family Camping Resort, VA

Tips for booking ahead

As you plan for 2021 travel, consider these tips from experienced RVers.

1. Avoid weekends and holidays

Although the off-seasons are still going to be very popular, weekends and holidays continue to be the busiest times. Try camping during the week or on a non-holiday weekend.

2. Be flexible

If you have several places you’re interested in, try booking one that is less popular for a better chance of getting a reservation. You may also want to see if a fully booked campground will notify you if a spot opens up.

If you want to visit a national park, you may want to consider campgrounds outside the park as well. Is there a state park nearby, or a private campground that’s available? If you don’t mind driving into the park to visit, you can broaden your search and have a lot more options.

3. Travel off the beaten path

Rather than the places everyone travels, try a new spot that maybe wouldn’t be the first place that comes to mind when you think of a camping trip. We found that the following cities are up-and-coming RV pick up cities, and there are campgrounds nearby with lots to explore.

The sooner you book the more access you have to RV rentals, campgrounds and more. If you are nervous about making your reservations in advance, check the cancellation policies to see how much time you have to alter your plans. But we think having an RV trip to look forward to will make this summer one of your best ones yet.

Advertiser disclosure: Broadry features the latest travel news and trends from our members. If you buy something through a link on this article, that company may receive a commission.