Reasons you should go RV camping this summer
If your family has never set foot in a campground, you’re missing out. Making s’mores around a campfire, breathing the fresh air, being part of nature, even if only for a weekend, can help strengthen a family’s bond and build memories that last longer than the latest Tik-Tok video craze.
For many families, camping in an RV may seem either too complicated or too expensive, but nowadays RVs can be rented and delivered to a variety of quality RV camping resorts at locations across the United States, making 2021 the perfect time to get outdoors without leaving luxury behind.
“Social distancing is still a priority for travelers but so is getting out of the house and going, well, anywhere,” says Michelle Johnson, Co-Owner of the SkyPark Camp + RV Resort at SkyPark Santa’s Village in Lake Arrowhead. “This is going to be a big summer for RV tourism.”
If you’ve never considered renting an RV or taking an RV vacation, here are some reasons you should give it a try.
1. RVs are as easy to book as a hotel room
Don’t want to take the plunge and purchase (and store) an RV? Worried you won’t be able to maneuver your car while towing an RV? No worries! Nowadays you can rent a RV that’s already in or near your campsite. Services like Outdoorsy take glamping to a whole new level and let you pick your destination, type of RV, and amenities. You can even have your dream RV delivered to your campsite. “Up here on the Rim of the World Highway, we’ve had people who already own RVs rent an RV that’s already in the area because they don’t want to take their RV up the mountain,” says Johnson. “Having an RV waiting for you at your destination can make things a lot easier and not having to gas up an RV is more friendly on your pocketbook and the environment.”
2. You can be away from it all and still have the comforts of home
The best part about an RV is that you have the comforts of home with you. There’s no setting up a tent or inflating an air mattress. With an RV you can have your room ready and waiting for you at your campsite, along with a place to charge your cell phone, or even watch a little TV before turning in for the night.
3. You have your own outdoor space
RV campgrounds offer room for you to spread out around your RV and unwind, light a campfire, or just look up at the stars at night. This kind of outdoor space isn’t something everyone has at home, and it gives you room to spread out and room for the kids to play.
4. Kids can camp outside while the adults have some quiet time
“Many of the families that come to our RV resort set up a tent next to their RV for the kids,” says Johnson. “The kids get the adventure of sleeping outside while the parents get some much needed quiet time alone.”
5. Your whole pod is welcome
RV camping makes it easy to bring your friends so you can socially distance from the rest of the world and still get the human interaction that you need with those close to you. Many RVs are big enough to accommodate 5 or more people, so renting one or even two RVs can accommodate larger pods.
6. Memories of your RV adventure can last a lifetime
The best part about getting out and seeing the country in an RV is that no two trips are ever the same. Every trip is an opportunity to see something new and go somewhere you’ve never been. It’s a great way to broaden your family’s perspective and get to know more of the world. “Our RV resort is 6,000 feet above Los Angeles. When you’re in the valley it’s hard to see the stars, or the wilderness, or how beautiful nature is. I think a lot of people live in a kind of bubble of their own lives. Getting out in an RV can really broaden your perspective and show you things as you’ve never seen them before.”
Brad Lofland is the Assistant General Manager and head of marketing for SkyPark at Santa’s Village. Brad has worked on hundreds of projects for the park from marketing, to park management, and even TV and film productions. Before joining the team at SkyPark, Brad was a U.S. Army Combat Medic and Paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division. His love for business and agriculture is what launched his own local gourmet mushroom farm, Mountain Family Farms. Brad, along with his wife Jamie and three children, love to go for RV vacations and have called the San Bernardino mountains home for six years.