2022 California Heatwave: RVs are a hot ticket for Southerners seeking cooler temps in sweltering temperatures

SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. (KABC) — There’s no escaping the brutal Southern California heat if you’re planning on driving anywhere this Labor Day weekend.

AAA said some of the top travel destinations this weekend are Phoenix, Las Vegas and San Diego – all of which are experiencing this heatwave.

However, families still load up in RVs to enjoy the holiday weekend.

The Traup family, for example, has just landed in California from Germany and is ready to set off on a four-week road trip in their camper van.

“Now we’re going north, to national parks, to Bryce Canyon, also to the Grand Canyon, to Yosemite National Park,” Tawso Traup said.

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The family of three expected the great weather that SoCal is known for. Instead, they were greeted with muggy temperatures as a summer heatwave blanketed the region.

“We’re also having a very hot summer in Germany this year, hotter than normal, so I think it’s the same temperature at the moment,” said Jessaca Traup.

“We’re trying to brave the heat because we’re going to have air conditioning, which isn’t that common in Germany,” added her husband.

Just like the Traup family, millions of people will take to the streets on Labor Day.

El Monte RV Rentals operations manager Tom Wigginton said they sold out for weeks leading up to the holiday weekend.

He said state and national parks are some of the most popular travel destinations, but with higher-than-normal gas prices, he says many people are planning to stay local.

“A lot of people who take these RVs go to places to escape the heat. They go to the coast or to the mountains. They’re doing something so beautiful because it’s warm right now,” Wigginton said.

Whatever their ultimate destination, Wigginton said a heatwave or the price at the pump shouldn’t stop families from spending time together.

“You really can’t let something like an increase in fuel consumption stop you from enjoying your life, hitting the road and creating memories that will last a lifetime,” he said.

“We’re super excited because it’s our first vacation with our young child,” Tawso said.

When you hit the road make sure your car’s maintenance is up to date because the last thing you need is to be stuck on the side of the road in this heat.

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Laura Coffey

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