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Scared Americans Desperate to Travel Are Buying Up ‘Covid Campers’

Recreational vehicle dealers report a tide of customers desperate to get away, but wary of cities, crowds and the coronavirus.

Jeff and Pam Sandberg pose with their new RV from Hilltop Camper and RV in St. Paul, Minnesota, May 20, 2020.
Jeff and Pam Sandberg pose with their new RV from Hilltop Camper and RV in St. Paul, Minnesota, May 20, 2020.

Floor traffic at Mike Regan’s two RV dealerships outside Austin, Texas, is up 30% compared with last May. And the reason is fear.

Cooped-up Americans desperate to get out after months of lockdowns are dreaming of doing something—anything—that resembles a vacation. But a majority of them worry a second wave of the coronavirus is coming, and think politicians have pushed too fast to reopen. Unsurprisingly, when it comes to getting out of Dodge, the close-quarters of an airline cabin are a no-go.