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Splendid Isolation “Fish Where the Fish ARE!” – Ringing Cash Registers During the Current Covid19 Lock-down

September 15, 2020 Headline News, Visit USA No Comments Email Email

National Parks, Great Outdoors & the Call of Mother Nature…

Savvy Travel Agents are already engaging advance bookings, and planning to put customers ‘behind the wheel’ for what is being called the ‘safest way of travelling in SPLENDID Isolation’ Think about it. With your own Recreational Vehicle you can enjoy All of the sights and sounds of America & Canada, while having little contact with more ‘traditional’ forms of travel. And the timing could never-be-better. RV sales and rental statistics are record-breaking. ‘Book em Dano!’.

“There’s lies, there’s damned lies, and then… There’s Statistics!” – Mark Twain

The Fact is the statistics are staggering: in the midst of the current Corona virus clobbering’s, Recreational Vehicle bookings are up for some North American suppliers by well-over 200 % and climbing weekly. Granted, currently, the statistics are being skewed by ‘locals’- Americans and Canadians who, after being penned-up with lock-downs and stay-at-home restrictions who are ready to put the key in the ignition and take to the open road.

Without question, this will be an exceptional year for RV travel. Getting about in an RV ticks all the boxes for avoiding Covid19 exposures.

The silver lining in the Covid19 cloud-cover is  Driving has already been deemed the safest, ‘preferred’ was of getting about. And with an RV, stops for meals, and overnights, and even the often-dreaded ‘when are we gonna get there?!’ and “I need to pee!” toilet diversions can be easily avoided. All the amenities are already ‘on-board’.

. “People don’t want to fly, they don’t want to stay in a hotel. In an RV, you can cook your own meals and sleep in your own bed.”  – Craig Kirby, RV Industry Association of America

Ticking ALL the Right Boxes!

Travel by Recreational Vehicle puts everything needed to travel coast to coast entirely, under one roof. Accommodations, travel, meals, ablutions, on-board entertainment is all at the renter’s fingertips. Not only is it enjoyable, but when you crunch the numbers, RVing is very, very economical.

Travel by Recreational Vehicle travel allows people to sleep in their own beds, atop their own linens, cook gourmet meals, and use their own cutlery. On-board ovens and stovetops are big enough to baste a 12 pound Thanksgiving Turkey, and full-sized refrigerators (Aka ‘Ice Boxes’) coolly-carry enough provisions for a hibernating bear.

Credit: Shane Boocock

66,000 Sites!  Many of them, ‘On the House” & Free!

Although many of the National Parks have reduced the number of RV and tent sites inside their domains, visitation numbers are radically diminished so competition for pads, parking, and park entries is down, making Mother Nature far more accessible. A recent photo taken in the parking lot at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, boasted a total of 3 cars, and 5 RVS. No waiting, no circling around… this lot is known for long-waiting time to park and capture the splendid view. . This includes the option to forego a campground since RVs have everything a family needs to camp remotely.

Social Spacing? How does 4.3 million miles of paved roadway to stretch-out-in sound to you?

Roads and rest stops throughout the USA & Canada are exceptionally wide, well-signposted and wonderfully maintained.

Pleasing Petrol Prices.

Although ‘gasoline’ AKA, ‘petrol’ prices have always been low by comparison with Australia and New Zealand, during Corona-times the cost per ‘gallon’ of gasoline has been dramatically lowered. Recreational Vehicles are, the ultimate self-contained units for travel.  RV clients linger-longer, and there’ are plenty of road-side distractions and attraction to lure RVers longer, but on the very-up-side, there are no security checks to pass thru, no long lines waiting for luggage, or being ‘confined to a seat when you are free to move about the ‘cabin’.  The storage areas aboard RVS are Massive.. Leaving room for bikes, beach chairs and bargains purchased along the path.

The “Welcome Mat” is Out!

Earlier Covid19 restrictions saw many of the country’s commercial 23,000 campgrounds shut, or operating with restrictions. A recent review suggests 90%+ of these venues are now re-opened, and very likely to book up quickly in the more popular locations.

RVs provide a wonderful opportunity for people to continue to enjoy vacations with their families, while still adhering to social distancing, which will likely stay in place in some form for the foreseeable future.

Credit: Shane Boocock

Travel by RV means, total control of where you go, adding additional meaning to the notion of ‘freedom of the open roadway.’

First-Timers? Easy-Peezy!

RV rental outfits are keen to be sure you’re comfortable, before you put the key in the ignition. Most rentals do not require a special driver’s license. Ahead of booking make sure to ask about rental insurance and roadside assistance plans. Take advantage of a quick RV training session before revving up

The travel industry has taken it on the chin during the coronavirus crisis, but the RV market is showing signs of resiliency despite a beleaguered economy

RV rentals and sales as would-be travellers look for options that minimize the risk of catching the virus. RV as a way of getting outside in a safe and secure environment that they can control,” said economist Richard Curtin, director of the University of Michigan’s monthly surveys of consumer sentiment. “I think the industry is in a really good place.”

Covid19 has created a fair-few Advantages to RV Travel !

Plan The RV Trip of a Life Time RIGHT NOW!! Recreational Vehicle Rental Is Really, the part of the pavement where the ‘Rubber really Does, Meet The Road!” Splendid Isolation? Bet your booking on it.  Set the ‘cruise control’ take advance bookings for future travel, and set the stage for ringing the cash register loudly

In Closing… Connect the Dots!

By simply signing up, travel professionals can join the Travel Agent’s platform for most RV hire outfits. Just move the mouse around and provide an IATA ITA number, and a few details and you’re locked in for ‘mate’s rates, commission levels and access to booking engines.  Our pick of the RV litter is CruiseAmerica™ .

Please, Don’t Take Our Word for it!  Go on the internet, sign up with and  and discover the advantages of splendid isolation in an RV.

Written by: Mark William Sheehan


Mark has travelled throughout Canada, Alaska, Mexico and the USA in Recreational Vehicles for more than four decades.
He’s proud to say he is a walking advert for the notion of splendid isolation by way of adventure in a Recreational vehicle.  Drop him a note if you have any questions. He’s keen to help!

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