Amid pandemic, Sonoma RV lovers embrace life on wheels

20 April 2021

Mary and George Wilcox in front of their 34-foot Alpine Coach parked at their home in Sonoma on Monday, March 22, 2021. (Photo by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune)

Unable to travel by air, lots of Americans took to the roads during the COVID-19 pandemic, and able to work remotely, many stayed out there. The RV market reported record sales, according to the RV Industry Association, a fact confirmed by North Coast RV in Santa Rosa.

“People don’t want to fly, they don’t want to stay in a hotel. In an RV, you can cook your own meals and sleep in your own bed,” RV Industry Association President Craig Kirby told Reuters.

Today, more than 40 million Americans regularly go RVing, and 11 percent of American households own some form of recreational vehicle. Rentals are also hot. The peer-to-peer RV rental marketplace Outdoorsy reported $1 billion in transactions in the first quarter of 2021.
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