NerdWallet: It’s one of the latest trends in camping—why drive an RV when you can have it delivered?

by | Oct 31, 2022 | Stock Market

This article is reprinted by permission from NerdWallet.  San Diego-based mom of two Audrey Patterson frequently vacations in an RV with her family. But she’s actually only driven an RV once — a brief stretch near Burbank, California — en route to Yosemite National Park for their 2021 summer vacation. The area northwest of downtown Los Angeles is a tangled web of freeways, tricky to navigate no matter the vehicle.

“I was super overwhelmed, and I just felt bad for everyone — especially my husband,” Patterson says. Patterson’s husband usually drives. When it came time for the family’s summer 2022 vacation — a camping trip in Big Sur, California — her husband couldn’t drive because he was arriving a day later. With the Burbank memory fresh on her mind, coupled with the fact that she would be solo parenting her two- and four-year-old boys, Patterson was intent on not driving an RV to Big Sur. “My husband suggested researching if we could get an RV delivered, and I was like, ‘oh my gosh, yes,’” she says.The rise of RV delivery RV delivery is one of the latest trends in camping, upending the traditional model where you exchange your car for an RV at an RV rental facility. One of the biggest RV delivery operators is RVshare, a company that operates like Airbnb
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for RVs. And while not all RVs offered there are deliverable, RVshare said that almost 40% of its RV rentals were delivered so far in 2022, up from 27% in 2021 and 16% in 2020. With RV delivery, you don’t have to worry about driving, gas mileage and liability. Instead, you simply arrive at a campground to an RV that’s already set up for you. Patterson rented through a similar service c …

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