No matter if you traveled or not, 2020 was a year to remember. The year that everything changed…
We know many of you still managed to travel safely last year (good for you!), and we know others of you were stuck at home for most of the year. If you did get to take your RV out, did you use it for more than a combined two months? If so, was that on one trip or a few shorter trips?
Please tell us by voting in the poll below. Be patient if it takes a few moments to load. And, just because our wanderlust is so bad, tell us where you traveled to in the comments. We’ll live vicariously through you!
We are full time, so yes, we used it every day. We did spend more time in our home state, however we traveled to several other states at least half of the year… a couple of months less than normal.
After having travel cancelled earlier in the year, I decided to work as a winter resident host at a state park in Denver. I’ve been here since mid-September, and able to see my daughter & family on days off. With a new baby on the way, I’ll get to spend a few weeks with them before heading back home to Texas in April.
Working in the campground office, I’ve enjoyed meeting so many friendly campers from all across the country. Reservations are already booking up here, and people are getting frustrated at how difficult it is to plan travel. I think flexibility is going to serve us well —
So I’m full time so yes I used my Rv two months or more. I actually have two Rvs. One stays put in South Texas. I spend the winter months in it. The other I travel in during the summer months. I didn’t travel near as much this year but still managed a couple of months in Georgia working for COE and then a couple of months for NPS. With a little time in between. Here we are in Feb. and I’m so ready to hit the road and do some real traveling this summer.
I’m a full-timer so I used my RV 12 months in 2020.
3 months on the road and several rallies although they were smaller in a fairly safer group of seniors who were always cautious. Met some great new friends!
In total yep but not at one time
Used it pretty much normally, except the shows we normally go to were cancelled
Traveled in pickup camper for almost 4 weeks where the temperatures were mostly at least 60. Had to go to a 5th wheel in April and got to use it for 5 months for mostly 3 day weekends and a 2 week traveling trip for total of over 2 months combined.
We planned our first extended trip to start March 1, 2020, not great timing🤪 but we still had a great 8 weeks in Mo, Arkansas, Tx, New Mexico and Oklahoma 😁😁. Didn’t go to Arizona as we had planned due to Grand Canyon (along with everything else) being closed😝. But certainly saw lots of beautiful places where we did go. If u have never been to Palo Duro state park in TX, make sure u put it on your HAVE TO GO THERE list!!
Starting in May, we took our RV to Illinois. It became our “2nd home” so we could travel to visit our family. We “let them come to us” if they were comfortable during the tightest of COVID restrictions. We also travelled within our state to State Park campgrounds, which were pretty much full of campers.
In July, we headed north and visited Big South Fork National Recreation Area in TN. Beautiful place. From there, we headed to Great Falls of the Potomac outside of DC, and then to Longwood Gardens in PA. In September and October, we took 6 weeks to go west to Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Capitol Reef, Great Basin, Arches and Canyonlands NPs (not in that order), as well as a few other places. We made reservations only for our stays at Arches, Gunnison and Great Basin, and had no trouble getting a spot in a campground elsewhere.
Even with the Covid-19 we did manage to get to our seasonal site for at least 3-4 days a week to use it, and was because my wife was able to work from home because of the Covid-19. We did miss going on our yearly camping trip to the Vacation State of Maine. Due to the Governor more or less shutting down the State at the time that we usually plan our trip. 😥
In June I departed CO and slowly made my way to the South Rim. From there I visited my niece in Henderson, then to Lake Tahoe where I boondocked for 10 days in the driveway of a friend’s cabin, which was unoccupied. Then off to Lassen NP, then to Crater Lake NP. Then I drove to northern California where I slowly traveled north on the PCH to Astoria. Camped my way east along the Columbia river to Hells Canyon, then started heading towards CO. All told it was about 10 weeks of travel, just me & my dog. The only reservations I made in advance was at the RV campground at the South Rim. This year I want to do it all again in reverse.
We took our motorhome on five outings in 2020 for a total of about five weeks. We prefer to travel, visit museums and other points of interest, eat in local restaurants, etc., and 2020 was not the year to do those things. For a taste of reality, I added up all our RV costs such as monthly payments, routine maintenance, insurance, extended warranty, emergency roadside assistance, fuel and campground fees, and divided the total by the number of days we camped. It would have been cheaper to stay at the Hilton.
I answered “No” to the above survey question because I live in mine full time. I assume you meant by “use” you meant actually camping.
We aren’t retired, so exceeding two months of travel doesn’t happen. We usually average about 6 weeks, and last year were out 46 days, about our normal. We switched the May trip to October, and took trips closer to home in May.
We managed 5 trips for a total of 20 days, all weekdays, during 2020. Stayed at a National Forest Service campground in June, the Gunnison CO KOA in July, Mustang Ridge NFS campground at Flaming Gorge in August, James M. Robb Colorado River State Park in September, and Trinidad Lake State Park in October. We made our reservations a month or two in advance without problems and found a space at Mustang Ridge without a reservation (but it was a close call on that one.)
We had Colorado State Park and NFS campground reservations canceled by COVID precautions in April and May or would have made those two trips as well. It was great to find a safe way to get out and do something away from home by going on these trips. Most people we encountered were following the COVID guidelines when inside buildings and we were able to keep a safe distance when outdoors, so we mostly felt pretty comfortable about our travels.
We are Full Time, so yes! spent winter in Jojoba Hills SKP Resort (southern California) then crossed the country to Charlottesville VA and spent 5 months in our son and d-i-l yard with full hookups we put in years ago. After a 6 week stop in Rochester NY we returned across the country via the kids place in VA and Red Bay AL. Planning included a reservation in Red Bay. The rest of the journey was day by day with stops booked as we went. Never had a problem finding a place to stay along I 10, US 90 and I 8.
Glad to see we have some people taking advantage of their rigs! As they say “Use it or lose it.”
We are full-timers, so, yes. We have spent the year in Southern California. We are spending the winter near the ocean around Morro Bay. A great place to be. We will head to the Sacramento River delta in April then on to Indiana and then the east coast. We love our life!