Not Flying This Summer? Many Americans Are Hitting The Road In RVs
Flying is not all that attractive these days but with gas prices, low travelers are hitting the road some of them worried about staying in hotels and eating in restaurants have decided to go a different way they're taking an RV, a recreational vehicle for the first time Melanie peoples has more like a lot of people amy holded has never driven anything bigger than an SUV, but she's about to get behind the wheel of a thirty foot long house on wheels. Getting their first look at their home for the next ten days amy her mom Sandra and especially her twelve year old son Duncan are thrilled. Why Goal. Very. It looks plenty big for their trip for Madison Alabama to Cape Cod Massachusetts there's a table, a kitchen, a back bedroom, even a shower and bathroom not to mention walls that slide out to make their living space even bigger. Cheryl Huddle is the owner of the RV. Okay. So normally start at the front door we're just GONNA go around and everything's been cleaned with bleach because of covid you wouldn't think it but it takes two hours for huddled to show hold it everything she needs to know there's all the indoor stuff how the benches turned into bed when to hook up to electricity when to use the generator, how to turn on the generator not to mention all the outside stuff like power cord water hookup right now we get into the Control panel. Air Conditioner where're you headed to this? Wasn't the vacation hold each who works us an esthetician in a salon had planned for her family. They were all supposed to fly to why and sure they could have just put that off for another year. But Amy wanted something for making memories this summer my Dad Alzheimer's, and my mom has a progressive memory loss as well and I knew. I don't know how many trips we have left in us. You know there's a lot of uncertainty right now and I, just kind of went with it just kept thinking about it and kept thinking about it and i. just kind of jumped off the cliff and didn't that is not to say, she doesn't expect challenges. But as she's navigating her new role as a single mom she's discovering learning to overcome them is a good thing and so there was a little bit of uncertainty of of doing it myself. But I've. Always, been able to do it myself before for the most part on you know struggle sometimes but I think I can do it. She doesn't want to look back on this year as the year corona virus ruined everything. Hold it is not alone nationwide three times as many people are renting vs the summer according to the RV renting service RV share CEO. John Gray, says, people are Leery of shared spaces are discovering. What's great about RV's people can bring the bathroom with them. They can bring their kitchen with them, and that premium of control that has always existed in RV travel is even more of a premium. This year prices run from fifty dollars a night for a pop-up Camper two thousand and night depending on size and level of luxury. Despite the Corona Virus Americans certainly aren't sitting at home, the American Automobile Association Aaa Expect six hundred, eighty, three, million, car trips this summer that's only a three percent drop from last year bottom line is Americans plan to travel genetic Kesse is a spokesperson for AAA. One thing different this summer she says is people have to plan ahead you want to plan your trip from eight point. Be Not just to know how you're going to get there. But where and when you're going to stops and that's exactly what hold each has done mapping her out all the way up to Cape. COD making sure she won't have to quarantine along the way speaking of old age. She's gotten her last bid of RV instructions and the family is all inside buckled up and ready to ride. Right regard. She'll be fine. No really. She made a perfect three point turns in reverse after that. And then they were gone. Off on their big adventure. For NPR news. I'm Melanie peoples since Melanie reported that story amy has made it safely to Cape Cod but says, driving an RV through the Lincoln tunnel is not something she would advise.