Family vacation is often the thing that keeps us going through all the other months, but this this year your epic trip plans may have been waylaid quite a bit. Consider the open road and reinvent your idea of a family road trip by renting an RV. Wondering if it’s right for your crew? Read on to be convinced.

This post is sponsored by RVshare, which makes rental easy by connecting you to RV owners in your local area, or at your destination, and offers the largest selection of trusted RV rentals in the country.

1. It's one of the safest ways to travel. 

With restrictions on flights and concern around the spread of COVID-19, traveling in an RV can be one of the safest ways to travel this summer or any time. Imagine, a kitchen to cook meals, your own bathroom and a self-contained hang-out space just for your family. It's social-distanced travel at its best. 

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2. There's an RV for every kind of family.

Whether you're looking for something to hold the entire crew or prefer a tow-behind, there's an RV for every family. 

If you are little intimidated by the RVs that look like tour buses, don't worry! You can still get an RV experience without going so big. Pop-up travel trailers and Airstreams that you pull behind your car offer some of the RV features like indoor sleeping and kitchen facilities without having to learn how to drive a huge vehicle.

If you decide to go big, motor homes offer more sleeping options and conveniences like bathrooms and full-sized refrigerators. Think about what you'd like to do and where you'd like to go with your RV before you rent.

Companies like RVshare offer easy online search tools for families to find just the right match. You can filter by location, number of people, type of RV (tow-behind, driveable, etc.), pet-friendly RVs and more. You can even search by a specific make and model

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3. It can be a safe and comfortable way to travel with multi-generational families.

If you've ever tried to get a grumpy toddler to nap in a hot tent in a busy campground then you'll know, the struggle is real. With an RV, you have a dedicated sleeping spot where you can put the kids down while you enjoy the fresh air just outside. 

When nightime comes around, sleeping in a tent can be exciting for kids, but sleeping in an RV can be way more comfortable for adults, especially grandparents. 

There are other creature comforts that make a case for RV camping with the grands. Being able to see the country together in a comfortable ride without the hassle of airplanes or hotel rooms can be incredibly bonding for families. Use a site like RVshare, which connects RV owners with RV hopefuls, and allows you to find exactly what you need for your unique family while supporting another RV-loving family at the same time. 

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4. You can bring your toys.

Tent camping means you are limited to what you can fit in the back of the car, so extras like bikes and kayaks usually have to be left at home. An RV gives you extra space to store this stuff so that you can get out and explore the trails and water when you arrive.

5. You can extend your travel to far-away destinations or enjoy the open road in your home state. 

Depending on travel restrictions, your adventures could be closer to home this year. But being in an RV can take any road trip and make it epic. If you are looking to hit the road to one of the national parks or somewhere more than a day's drive away, then an RV is your answer. As long as you plan out your options for overnight RV parking, you have your own built-in hotel room for the journey. This also allows you to be more flexible and go with the flow on how far you drive each day. We love RVshare's owner-to-renter format, which allows you to find an RV near you (like, really near). They have over 60,000 RVs on their site to date. 

6. The actual travel portion of the trip is part of the adventure.

Trying to fit all the gear you need for your family and your family in one vehicle can lead to a cramped situation. RV camping allows the actual travel portion to be easier for everyone. And, if you go for one of the big bus-style RVs, you can really live it up as you watch the world go by while you play cards at the kitchen table!

7. Bugs and rain? No bigs!

These two things can make your camping adventure go down the tubes fast. While you'll want to spend most of your camping time exploring the great outdoors, the RV gives you peace of mind in case nature strikes back. 

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8. Cooking is easier in an RV.

Cooking while camping requires a hot fire or a propane camp stove, both of which can be iffy if you have wind or any bad weather. RVs offer indoor cooking options that make your job easier. Most have at least a small refrigerator to keep your milk, eggs, and microbrews cold so that you don't have to worry about the problem of constantly melting ice. Some even have microwaves!

9. Power up those devices.

If you can't go completely off-grid for a multi-week camping adventure, an RV provides the option to power up your phone or laptop from your campsite. Either plug the RV into the campground hookups or use the solar powered options offered by some newer models. That way you can keep all the family and friends back home updated on your adventures.

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10. You can bring your dog.

Most campgrounds are very pet-friendly, so bringing your pup along in the RV is an option. When looking for RVs on sites like RVshare, be sure to check the pet-friendly box when searching, or confirm with the rental company that pets are okay. It's always a good idea to find out ahead of time what rules there are at parks or campgrounds for four-legged friends. And, just like a car, never leave your pet alone in an RV. 

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11. No more communal campground bathrooms.

Most RVs and travel trailers offer a bathroom option which is key when you are camping with kids, whether there's a COVID-19 concern or not. If you've ever had to help someone with a middle-of-the-night potty break while sleeping in a tent, you know how awesome having your own bathroom is. It can also make those roadside stops more enjoyable, without having to wait in line to use the bathroom before you take in the view. 

This post is sponsored by RVshare, which makes rental easy by connecting you to RV owners in your local area, or at your destination, and offers the largest selection of trusted RV rentals in the country.

—Kate Loweth & Amber Guetebier

featured image: Memory Catcher via Pixabay

 

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