When the coronavirus pandemic struck, Linda Lejust decided that flying with her her husband and two teenagers to Yellowstone National Park from Florida was too risky.

Instead they’re renting a camper van instead and driving to a nearby beachfront community.

“Taking an RV just feels safer,” Lejust, 46, said. “It’s more self-contained. We don’t have to use public restrooms or share spaces with anybody else.”

Worried about COVID-19, many Americans have opted for RVs and tent camping in pursuit of safer, less crowded options than flying or staying in hotels.

More people are renting RVs bookings have increased by more than 1,600% since early April on the rental site RVshare.

Harry and Marla Uhles of Medford usually celebrate the Fourth of July holiday at home,

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