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Members RV Travel Newsletter Issue 947

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May 9, 2020

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Editor’s corner

With Chuck Woodbury

Is RVing as we have known it dead?

Most of us, I believe, are ready for the pandemic to end. Enough is enough. The thought of it going through the summer, even into next year and beyond is almost too much to fathom. And yet that is exactly what could happen.

Everybody talks about a vaccine, but the fact is, there is no guarantee it will even happen — we don’t even a vaccine for the common cold. The 1918 pandemic ended after several years only because the virus had mutated and become weaker. People still got sick, but they didn’t die, and then they gained immunity — “all clear” to enjoy the Roaring ’20s.

RVing as we have known it is gone, in my opinion. It’s not dead, but it has already changed dramatically. I am writing now at my 2×4 foot desk in the corner of the bedroom of my 32-foot motorhome where I am self-quarantining. I’m not visiting museums, dining in little cafes along Route 66 (I’m only 50 yards away from the historic road). I’m not stopping in tourist shops searching for another jackalope to add to my collection. I’m not standing, side by side, with 300 other people watching Old Faithful erupt. I’m not the only one doing this sort of thing.

Old faithful
Yellowstone visitors waiting for Old Faithful to erupt in the summer of 2017. When will we want to be this close to strangers again?

The park I’m in now has 42 spaces. Almost all are occupied by long-term guests, most self-quarantining in Kingman rather than heading home after migrating to Arizona for the winter. Nobody is camping, as in roasting marshmallows over the campfire. It’s the same across the country.

Readers of this newsletter are mostly 60 years and older. We are the virus’s most vulnerable targets. In the 1918 pandemic, the age group most affected was 20- to 29-year-olds. But now, persons that age are not nearly as likely to die as the 65+ crowd, which, by the way, was the least vulnerable group during the 1918 pandemic.

Where I live (for now)

We’re lucky in one important way: Most of us are not dependent on a paycheck (only 16 percent need a job for income; most only need part-time work). More than half of us own our RVs outright. Of the others, only 4 percent reported this month that they would have a problem making their loan payment. For many of these people, life hasn’t changed much.

How many RV parks will survive the next year if they are forced to be closed, or if fewer tourists in RVs begin traveling from place to place? Millions of the Millennials who bought cheap, starter RVs in the last few years (helping set sales records for the RV industry) are now out of work. I wonder how many of them will sell their RVs, or simply walk away from their upside-down 20-year loans. What’s more important, feeding the kids, paying the electric bill, or making a loan payment on an RV bought for camping trips? How many of these people will be so deep in debt in a year or two that buying an RV will be out of the question?

When the virus runs its course, “normal” may indeed return. But it won’t be in a year, and it won’t be in two years. That’s just my opinion. I really, really, really wish that by the end of the year we’ll be on the road to fast recovery.

It’s not all doom and gloom, but it is certainly an incredibly challenging time that none of us wanted, but all of us got … and that’s just the way it is!


P.S. Here’s my journal for this week. Gail and I have stuck pretty close to home (motorhome, that is), but we have some good experiences including realizing our dog is a celebrity. Plus, we figured out a mystery in the night sky that you may not know (but will if you read this). Click here to read.

Also: Welcome to the new readers who learned about us on Friday through Forbes.com! We’re happy to have you with us on our warp-speed journey through cyberspace.

My Roadside Journal

(about whatever is on my mind, not necessarily RV-related)

Stories in tomorrow’s newsletter

• RV diesel fuel discounter gets bigger savings, more retailers.
• “Flushable wipes” users try cleaning up in courtroom.
• Truck sales speed past cars for first time in industry history.
• Heartless crooks in Arizona swipe a traveling nurse’s trailer.
• Bear pounces on sleeping campers in Colorado RV park.
PLUS: Campground updates • Latest fuel prices • Latest RV recalls • Free and bargain camping locations • Reader survey • and much more …

Brain Teaser

I am the beginning of sorrow and the end of sickness. You cannot express happiness without me yet I am in the midst of crosses. I am always in risk yet never in danger. You may find me in the sun, but I am never out of darkness. What am I?

(Answer in tomorrow’s Sunday News newsletter.)

Last week’s Tip of the Day in RV Daily Tips Newsletters

What’s a good metal roof sealant for RVs?
Full-time RVing: Do you have the right insurance?
RV Education 101: How to tell when your RV battery needs charging.
Easy ways to cut down on unnecessary electricity usage.
Too many dashboard accessories?

You shared your RVing dream trips. Here they are – Part 1

By our readers, as compiled by Russ and Tiña De Maris
Earlier we asked penned-up readers to tell us about their RV dream trip. We were deluged with dreams, and now get the chance to share some of them with you. From the simple to the sublime, you all have something on your minds. We’ll share a few dreams each week for the next bit of time, and in the end, there’ll be a moral for us. Here are some of our readers’ RVing dream trips.

An RV rental horror story: “I was ripped off by an RV rental scam!”

This comment was left on our Daily Tips Newsletter by Brian Burry. Here’s Brian’s story:
“Before my wife would consider us purchasing an RV, she demanded I rent one (we rented a 31-foot Class C years ago) so I did. I went online and found an RV Share and rented a 40-foot Class A DP for 4 days at a cost of $800 with a $500 deposit up-front. … He said he would deliver to my house in central California so I could drive my wife to Pismo Beach where I rented us a nice RV park space. Then the RV owner asked if I could go ahead and pay him the $800 ahead of time, as his wife needed a minor surgery. ‘Sure,’ I said.” — Oops. Read more.

Last year at this time, these were the most popular articles

RV Horror Story of the Week
Dealing with noisy neighbors during campground quiet time
How to watch YouTube videos using very little bandwidth
“I had to shoot him” – A (graphic) encounter between a homeowner and an intruder
Replacing the RV carpet

Reader Poll

Have you been tested for COVID-19?

Please let us know. After you click your response, you’ll see how others have responded. Feel free to leave a comment. We’ll post the final results in next week’s newsletter. CLICK HERE.

Readers tell us (What we learned about you last week)

We analyze what we learned about you and fellow RVers from our reader polls and your comments.

How much exercise are you getting now compared to before the pandemic?
Have you, a relative or close friend lost their job in the last two months?
Are you drinking more alcohol while in self-quarantine than before?

Need a new place to walk? Try this trail-finding trick with Google Maps

By Emily Woodbury
What’s one good thing that’s come out of quarantine for me, an avid hiker? I’ve found dozens of trails close to home that I never knew about! I thought I had walked every trail within a walk or short drive from my apartment, but boy, was I wrong. So, other than looking up “trails near Seattle” repeatedly on Google, I found a new, easier trick. Read more.

Control board not working? Replace it!

Perhaps some of the most mysterious of RV technical issues surround electronically controlled appliances. “Back in the old days,” as some of us recall, we didn’t have fancy control boards on refrigerators, furnaces and water heaters. … Nowadays, the trouble is when things start getting “buggy” it can be difficult to track down the problem. But here’s a great resource that will come to the rescue. Learn more.

This wacky Ford pickup travels upside down: No kidding!

This is just too much – a pickup truck that travels upside down. No kidding. This is not a fake photo. It was built about five years ago by a fellow named Rick Sullivan, who owns Kathy’s Collision Center in Clinton, Illinois. We’ll take a guess and say this is the only pickup truck in America with eight tires. Check it out.

Reopenings: Bryce Canyon Hoodoos never fail to intrigue

The “Hoodoos” of Bryce Canyon are unusual rock formations found throughout many areas of the Colorado Plateau; but an exceptional “collection,” if you will, is protected at Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. The park is “off the beaten track” but is a real “must-see” for those who are intrigued by the forces of nature that create such unusual formations. Read more.

Popular articles from last week

Jayco recalls some 2020 trailers for propane explosion risk.
Use your RV air conditioner in low-power situations.
RV Coronavirus News Update, May 3, 2020.
Campground Chatter with Janet Groene, May 2, 2020.
Watch out for mice in your spring RV cleaning.
Husband says “No” to danger; wife says, “Let’s go!
Rain coming? Shut off that cruise control!
RV Shrink: To wear a mask or not to wear a mask
Sewer hoses: Lacking honor — but we all gotta have one.
How to deal with unwanted noise.
RVelectricity – What’s all the noise about generators?
Trucks rule, but safety improvements necessary.


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Directory of RV parks with storm shelters
In case you’re on the road with your RV and the weather report is showing a tornado headed your way, have this list handy.

RV Clubs
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Ask the RV Shrink

RV dirty swirly – cleaning stained pipe below toilet

Dear RV Shrink:
We seem to have an appearance issue with our RV. Not the exterior, not even the interior. It seems to be below our porcelain toilet. My wife continues to be fixated on the stains she can see when the toilet is flushed. The stains are below the ball valve in the toilet. She is embarrassed that these stained plumbing pipes can be seen every time the toilet is flushed. Do other people stress about such things, or is it just my wife? …

Read the rest of the question and the RV Shrink’s advice.

RV Education 101

RV Buying Tips: Don’t be in a rush

With Mark Polk
My number one tip when buying an RV is to avoid a hasty buying decision. What I mean is, purchasing an RV without doing any research. It’s easy to get caught up in the moment. Lots of folks purchase RVs at RV shows, where the excitement level is high, only to discover later it is the wrong type, too big, too small, or too expensive. Learn more.

Spring has sprung!

Here are some articles from the archives relating to this beautiful time of year:

Keeping cool in a spring desert
Spring RV checklist for boondockers
RV Doctor: RV spring shakedown primer
The planets – With spring come the mighty gas giants (and Mars)

RV Electricity

State of the virtual RV rally – This is exciting news!

Dear Readers,
This is a great time to fill you in on one of the interesting things that has been happening in the last few months. While I did have a number of live seminars scheduled around the country for the summer and fall, right now the only one that hasn’t been cancelled is the Hershey Show scheduled for September 16-20, and that’s still not definite.

But all is not lost, since webinars at RV Virtual Rallies are ramping up quickly, and I believe they could be the future of RV seminar training. Why so, you ask? Well, it’s a numbers game… Continue reading Mike Sokol’s exciting news.

This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session:

Electrical connector maintenance. How to clean contacts in electrical connections.

Sign up for Mike’s popular and informative RV Electricity group on Facebook.

RV Tire Safety

“Tire dressing” and “Do not use covers.” Where’s the test data?!

Roger Marble has been following a long thread on an RV Forum on the topic of “tire dressing” aka tire treatment or “tire shine.” The good news is that most posters knew to not use any product that contains petroleum distillate. Too bad some RV dealers don’t follow the guidelines on this. Read about tire dressing and whether or not to use tire covers here.

Building an RV Park

It’s an emotional roller coaster!

By Machelle James
I think I have had more stress in the last two weeks than I care to admit. We have had many back and forth emails between us, Planning and Zoning and our Engineer. We had a deadline of May 1st to have all of the items they needed to be on the May Planning and Zoning Agenda. What happened was there were emails coming in from all departments and we missed some items, as in: What are the locations and sizes of our water lines? Where are our parking and handicap parking spaces going to be? Continue reading.

The RV Kitchen

Meat Stretcher Shepherd’s Pie

Almost meatless shepherd’s pie. Just a half pound of ground beef or turkey adds substance and flavor to this lentil dish. Traditionally, shepherd’s pie is baked in the oven to put a golden glow on the mashed potato topping, but this can also be made in a skillet. Get the recipe.

The Digital RVer

Showing old photo albums on TV fills your home with memories

Chris Guld, of Geeks on Tour, shows you how to get old photo albums into Google Photos, make albums and then add them to Google Home “ambient” mode, which acts like a screensaver for the TV. Their house is filled with their travels because their travel photos are displayed on TVs and other photo frame devices in every room. Chris explains how easy it is to do here.

Pawsome Pets

According to an RVtravel.com poll, 30 percent of you travel with at least one pet, and another 16 percent of you travel with at least two.

Why do dogs want to lick your face?

By Chuck Woodbury
My dog, Archie, likes to lick my face. I try to avoid letting him do that knowing where his face has been, specifically his mouth. This morning, for example, he brought me a body part of a dead rabbit. He wasn’t actually bringing it to me, but for himself. Not sure what he would do with it. Continue reading.

Do you have a pet? Send us a photo!

With Emily Woodbury
Do you have a pet? What are they like? What are their quirks? What do they do that makes you laugh? Please send a photo of your pet and a short description. We’ll feature only the cute pets. No, I’m kidding. We’ll feature as many of your pets as we can each week. Who doesn’t want to look at adorable pet photos during a pandemic? Continue reading and see where to send your photo.

Facebook Groups of Interest

How to RV for newbies
RV Military Families
RVing Single Seniors (60+ Only) with Pets Travel Buddy Group

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Bumper sticker of the week

If you object to logging … try using plastic toilet paper.

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Joke of the Week

Worth Pondering

“We must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope.” —Martin Luther King Jr.

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JR Thornton
1 year ago

I think Chuck’s isolation is really getting to him. The virus as been out for about 4 months and look what science has already done. A plasma infusion from recovered patients seems to bring patients from near death back to life. Vaccines, that although not a cure, can make the symptoms less severe. I read where this process would normally take up to three years to implement if not for emergency FDA rules. Don’t count the American spirit and determination out. We will solve this problem and will return to a “form of normal” even though most of us that have lived thru it will always be affected in some way. I’m betting on the future with a positive though guarded optimism. I hope to be back on the road by fall still mindful of CDC recommendations.

Chuck Woodbury (@chuck)
1 year ago
Reply to  JR Thornton

JR — time will tell how this all plays out. Isolation is getting to me, for sure, but I don’t think I’m going wacko or anything. Mostly bored except for my work.

Captn John
1 year ago

I feel sad so many have been sick and 78K have died. People need to be cautious and use common sense (which is in short supply). To go through any portion of your life in fear is not really living. I’m not complaining as traffic is down and services open are less crowded. All that want to stay in their safe space for the next decade, thank you! Those that do not use common sense or caution, Darwin thanks you. I spent over 2 years in semi isolation in Nam, a much more dangerous place than here with a virus. I’m not about to hide in a safe place from a virus, but I really appreciate those that are, don’t hurry out please.

Steve Barnes, Kamloops, BC
1 year ago

Don’t be so hard on Chuck. I totally agree with him. Remember, he is from the Seattle, Edmunds, Kirkland (as in where Costco and its’s Kirkland brand originated) area, the USA epicentre of Covid-19.
I understand those in their working lives have to balance income against risk but they still should take Covid seriously for benefit of their families. The majority of RVTravel readers are retired. Their risk is health and investment portfolio. They should be prepared to take a year off RVing if necessary even though we may not have too many years left.
We have already cancelled our 3 month summer trip to Alaska and our annual 5 months Snowbird trip south. The 2020/21 Snowbird season will be spent in Victoria BC Canada if Covid permits even that to open.
Most of you are high risk,over 65. Good reason to get serious.

1 year ago

The RV park I am which is full of long term for the most part, the people that use to have gatherings/parties at their spot are now doing it again. I guess they got tired, which I am too, of being isolated and stop living. It is time to get back to living while those of us in the at risk group continue to take the precautions that make us feel safer.

Gene Bjerke
1 year ago

Re getting back to normal: What exactly is normal? If you look back through history — and your own personal history should be enough — you find that “normal” is always changing. We don’t do things today the way we did them twenty years ago. We are constantly adjusting to change, so I suspect that the “normal” we get back to after this mess is behind us will not be the same “normal” as it was before. Somehow we all (or at least most of us) will adapt. It could be interesting.

John T
1 year ago

Don’t you ever quit whining? If all you have is lemons, make some lemonade.

1 year ago

Can you guys get your links to other stories straight? Some open another tab and some replace this tab. Half the time I end up closing this window and have to start from email link again. I have no idea on the complexity of making web sites but consistency would be nice.

Joseph Weinstein
1 year ago

Chuck, always enjoy your comments but we see things differently on this one, except the concern that many RV parks may close. I watched people in Southern California hit the beaches despite the concerns. On Cinco de Mayo in San Jose the crowds totally ignored social distancing. I think that the population is going to consider the risk or each behavior and choose accordingly. For those of us in the high risk group due to age and/or health we will have to choose what level of risk we are willing to take. We are just completing planning a trip in the fall. We realize that we might be limited at visiting some of the places we want to see but that is no different than the times we avoid “attractions” due to crowds or even rattlesnakes. My one concern is that in some of the small towns that we like to visit they may be less than welcoming due to their real concerns about travelers bringing in the virus. We have also found, probably due to our age, that when we stay at RV parks that while neighbors are friendly, they almost always stick to themselves. Our only social distancing concerns are checking into parks or crowded areas.

Diane Mc
1 year ago

It’s not all doom and gloom. There are many states opening up. Believe I heard more than half that are already in Phase 2 or close to it, which includes restaurants opening at 50%. Texas just opened up hair salons/barber shops. Many other states are in Phase 1. Even here in loony California, medical facilities are opening and taking patients. Golf courses are opening, with guidelines. There is a major announcement coming Monday and I suspect the reins will be loosened more. Our Gov is taking a lot of heat. 40M people with 34,000 cases & 2600 deaths, with 1500 in Los Angeles. The next highest is 200. Destroying an economy and peoples lives for flu like numbers for CA. Most of the counties up north have few cases and no deaths. Several counties have just defied orders and opened. I didn’t have an issue with the shutdown in the beginning. There were a lot of unknowns, it seems to be highly contagious and people with no symptoms could pass along (is the “normal” flu like that, or does anyone even know?). Now we understand it better. Look at NY, just reported 66% of cases from people who stayed home. If the economy collapses, the virus will be the least of our worries.

1 year ago

You mentioned pay toilets and I am so old that I remember when we went to a big city my Mother always giving me a dime for the pay toilets in the department stores! And that was in this country!

Gene Bjerke
1 year ago
Reply to  Bruce2868

Are you old enough to remember the grafitti, “Here I sit all broken hearted, paid a dime and only farted.”?

Scott Johnson
1 year ago

WOW….Chuck, I am sorry that you have such a negative outlook on the RV Life. I know you have way way more experience than I do but from my 67 years on this planet, we have ALWAYS come back stronger, better and more prosperous. This is a country full of innovative entrepreneurs and brilliant people…..I am betting on us and our future. My hope is that you and your family will ‘survive’ this interruption in our lives (it’s really only been a couple of months now) and your future will return to ‘normal’ as soon as possible. I love reading this daily and hope that can continue…just try to be somewhat more positive once in a while? Thanks for all the work you and your staff do.

Joe Allen
1 year ago

RVing is not dead for those who have a positive attitude or even diminished! We are in a private RV park right now and doing what we always do, enjoying the area with short trips and waiting for museums to open and interesting places to visit. We can be our own misery if need be. One just has to make the decision to adapt an move on! Life is short, enjoy the ride!

Dennis Allen Jones
1 year ago

Chuck lighten up-our young healthy people are going back to work in their small business & jobs as we speak. They’re observing strict social distancing & masks. I wish I was going out with them to start a new construction project. Don’t give up on America

1 year ago

It seems like we are being nudged. We cheapened the sanctity of marriage by shacking up, same {bleeped}, drop-of-the-hat divorce. We have removed speaking God’s truth from social media, schools and elsewhere. We are actively seeing God and God’s ways removed from our society. If you are one who embraces sinful ways over God’s good, then I understand your fear.

I remember laying in the back of an ambulance with a heart attack hearing the paramedic yell to the driver, “Faster, we’re losing him!”
I had a calmness that I have never felt before in my life…..I knew where I was going, and I was not afraid.
Jesus wants you to have that same joy. Ask him into your heart, and quit fearing the world.

“Jesus, you died a painful death that we may have eternal life. Please fill my heart with you and your love, and lead me away from this world’s evil.” …………………….It really is as simple as that.


Richard Brandt
1 year ago

Chuck, Sometimes people think you are being negative (and sometimes are) but in the case of the pandemic you are one of the few people that are telling like it is likely to be. Most of the politicians, worried about being re-elected, will use words like `soon’ without defining what that means especially with regard to returning to normalcy because we have effective medication or, better yet, an effective vaccine. We don’t have one for the every-year flu. Who says we will have one for this one?

Charles Yaker
1 year ago

This Pandemic is a health crises not an economic one unless we continue in our ignorance

The current views on Economics are Killing people. Everybody who claims to advise or comment on the current situation who does not at least familiarize themselves with MMT (Modern Monetary Theory) is abetting those killings.

Warren Mosler in his book “The 7 Deadly Innocent Frauds of Economic Policy” has recommended that the Federal Government can give the State’s $500 per capita to support their operations. (He recently said that a $1000 would be appropriate ) and it certainly would help mitigate the crises and not cause inflation.
He further says
“Taxes function to regulate aggregate demand, and not to raise revenue per se.”

The 7 Deadly Innocent Frauds of Economic Policy (a 63 page free PDF).


And Bill Mitchell in Australia says
“The Australian government is never revenue constrained as a result of it being the monopoly issuer of the currency (the $AUD). Its status is equivalent to that of the national governments in the US, “


Stephanie Kelton is an American economist and academic. She is currently a professor at Stony Brook University and was formerly a professor University of Missouri–Kansas City. She also served as an advisor to Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign. She is a leading expert on Modern Monetary Theory and a former Chief Economist on the U.S. Senate Budget Committee (Democratic staff).
She has written a new book soon to be published 55

The Deficit Myth: Modern Monetary Theory and the Birth of the People’s Economy Hardcover – June 9, 2020

Sink Jaxon
1 year ago
Reply to  Charles Yaker

Dude… lighten up a little…

Charles Yaker
1 year ago
Reply to  Sink Jaxon

1,367,960 Cases 80,787 Deaths THe US is Number One . What a distinction?

Donald N Wright
1 year ago

Is RV’ing dead as you know it ? For me, the RV life began in 2017 when I bought my Aliner. I plan to go see all of the USA, I hope with a better trailer. I volunteer at a food pantry in Dallas, we are always busy, I also volunteer with the Red Cross, praying the spring storms do not happen. Looking at face book, there are a lot of folks trying to sell their small campers, some of them almost brand new. I guess there are a lot of big RV’s for sale too. At the RV storage facility in Plano, there are a lot of big RV’s that haven’t moved in years, maybe the owners forgot the dream. They do not use them, but they do not sell them. I have been told there are a lot of large boats that stay anchored too. Still, Houses that are too big are still being built, politicians are still lying, plans are being made, like the book “Brave New World” life is going to be different, but still the same.

Captn John
1 year ago

Since the virus fear started I almost stayed home one day, but didn’t. 72 yesterday. Diabetic and cold. Just returned from a trip yesterday and leaving on another Monday. Live in fear or adapt. Miss my favorite barber but the only place to get a haircut is on a military installation. I don’t want to see anyone real sick or die but the fear many have has made things more available for those that watch CNN and the comedy on tv from a guys basement. We all are going to die one day, we are on the downhill side, giving up months or a year of our time left isn’t very bright. Be careful, be cautious, and be thankful most of those our age have common sense if not brainwashed by CNN and the guy wearing a mask in his basement

1 year ago
Reply to  Captn John

Must be a Faux News zombie.

Bob Weinfurt
1 year ago
Reply to  Captn John

You’ve got the right plans for your life. We take our motorhome out a few times a week, get take-out, and eat in our portable dining room. When the weather gets a little warmer (it snowed here last night), we’ll do a little boondocking. A little common sense goes a long way.

Dave Gobel
1 year ago

Not sure if your readers know this. I have heard from 2 sources that Flexsteele is going out of business. I understand manufacturing and repair facilities are scrambling to figure out what to do.

1 year ago
Reply to  Dave Gobel

Article I read stated they are just getting out of the rv business. Figured that rv manufacturers would be scrambling to fill the void.

Karen Willis
1 year ago
Reply to  Dave Gobel

If they made the couch in my RV, Good Riddance!

Carl J
1 year ago

Chuck says not all gloom and doom but his commentary is nothing but. It seems to be me one has two choIces; live in fear, holed up in an undersized RV for the next year(s) or be sensibly cautious (eg. No licking cart handles at WalMart) but live your life and make the best of current conditions. We will be subject to business/attractions/restaurants being closed or reduced capacity but roll with it. Living like a damned hermit not seeing family or friends or even venturing outside that square box on wheels because of a paralyzing fear is not living, its just existing. Not the way I will spend my remaining days.

Paul and Nancy Davis
1 year ago
Reply to  Carl J

Our thoughts completely…..get out and help others!!! We are healthy (and 70) so we are using this time to volunteer. One of us is a retired teacher and helping home school and the other is volunteering at Covid 19 test sites. We use our RV to go to these sites …. it is always our happy place!
Find the Good…..turn off the national news…

Gary Glenn
1 year ago
Reply to  Carl J

I say AMEN to Captn John and Carl J. Life is to short to live like this and I also refuse. I live with a little more care and caution than before. But I’m burning this cheap diesel and enjoying this great country.

Richard Brandt
1 year ago
Reply to  Carl J

I’d like to know how CarlJ will spend the remaining days. I don’t venture out as much because there is a germ out there with my name on it. Is there one with Carl’s name on it?

Ed D.
1 year ago
Reply to  Carl J

Carl J., I am with you on this. To be in an RV Park and not outside, enjoying the Sunshine and roasting Marshmallows, is utter insanity. Who is that going to hurt? You are still a safe distance from your neighbors and you are with your partner anyway. So why stay inside like a hermit? Beats the heck out of me. We are currently in our home base Campground in N.C. and are loving every minute of it. Our neighbors, like us, are okay with interacting with each other. If I have to isolate myself from the rest of society and my friends from now on, I may as well be dead! We all have the power to make our own choices as to how we are going to proceed with life from this point forward. We choose to just be normal and not change our lives over something that we do not believe is as bad as they are telling us. The normal Flu kills people each and every year but they never closed the country up for that. Why do it now? Good question to ponder. Anyway, thanks for the little bit of sane advice.

Roy Christensen
1 year ago
Reply to  Ed D.

The normal flu does not kill almost 80,000 people in a little over two months. It is still Unfortunately on the upswing in many places. We have bodies piled up in trucks in NYC. My county alone has over 1500 deaths. I know 8 people personally who have had the virus and four required hospitalization. Some people who die at home are not counted as COVID victims. There still are not enough tests to know where this is headed. If you wish to disregard your own safety, please do not risk someone else’s. I believe this will be under control at some point, but be careful of where you get your facts from. I try to read as much as possible from different sources and fact check when possible. I watch some news on TV but I want to stay positive so I don’t stay glued to the tube. I think if we are careful and follow medical and scientific advice, we can open up sooner. I am upset when I learn about people’s hardships and try to help ($). We are all in this together.

Ed D.
1 year ago

Roy C. There are many States that have had to scale the number that they claimed died from the Corona virus. They padded the numbers, to get more Federal Dollars for their States. Neither you, nor I, know the true number. Only what we are told by the politicians and the fake news stations. What I do personally, does NOT affect anyone else. So why make a ridiculous statement like that? Do as YOU choose to do and I will do as I choose to do! Good night!

Roy Christensen
1 year ago
Reply to  Ed D.

Where do you get your info from? I read many sources and have not read about too many COVID victims being counted. I have read about COVID victims being undercounted. Your actions do affect other people. If you have the coronavirus and don’t distance yourself from others, you could spread it to them. You may be asymptomatic. Why would you want to be a danger to others? This virus is spread person to person. Now it seems that people who have recovered are having problems with their hearts, kidneys, lungs and/or liver. This is a new virus, the effects of which are still being discovered. You think the media has exaggerated the deaths of thousands of people all over the world? That countries all over the world have shut down because of bogus news reports? That many scientists around the have made up data to support fake news? I hope you are isolated and don’t cause harm to anybody else.

Ed D.
1 year ago


By the way. I was tested and do not have it. People go to stores to purchase groceries and things that are needed. A mask will NOT keep you safe. If I interact with other people, it is only because they have the same outlook as I do. You do not have the right, or the means, to dictate to me, what I can or can not do. And as far as all the losers on here that want to give me a minus for saying what I believe. You know where you can stick your minus! You are just a bunch of cowards that add nothing to the debate!
Now where is YOUR proof to what you just said. I will be waiting!

Ed D.
1 year ago

I didn’t think you had a response. As a matter of fact, Dr. Birx said that the CDC can not be trusted and that their numbers may be off by at least 25%. What do you say about that Roy?


More proof for you Roy. Now where is your backup?

Roy Christensen
1 year ago
Reply to  Ed D.

Here is a link to refute what your info says: https://www.healthleadersmedia.com/covid-19/us-coronavirus-death-toll-far-higher-reported-cdc-data-suggests

I guess you can believe what you want to believe. You sound very angry. All I ask is please respect my wish to social distance away from me. How is that telling you what to do? I do not wish to continue this discussion any longer with you. Anything I say will not change your mind. While it is true that hospitals do receive more money for a COVID patient than a non-COVID patient, so far there is no evidence of fraud. As I said before, many victims of COVID who have died at home have not been tested because there is still a shortage of tests.

Stay well and good luck!

Ed D.
1 year ago

Frankly, I don’t wish to carry on this conversation any further either Roy. you are going to believe what you want to believe and I am doing the same. I DO respect your opinion and I would never invade your space during this time. I am not angry, I just have a different opinion than you do. That does not make either of us right or wrong. Just of different opinions. Have a great day and know that I wish you and yours to be safe during this period. Sorry if I made you think i was angry. That was not my intent.

Tommy Molnar
1 year ago
Reply to  Carl J

Right on, Carl. I often wonder, if we didn’t have non-stop 24/7 coverage (notice I didn’t use the word “news” because I don’t think there IS “news” anymore) of this Chinese thing, would we even KNOW anything unusual was going on. We never hear anything about the yearly flu, even though we know millions of folks get sick and some die from it. We never hear about who has it and who doesn’t have it. We never hear about “recoveries” from the flu. In fact, all we usually hear is – “get your flu shot”. I realize this ‘Chinese thing’ is said to be different from our ordinary flu, but how come we have to destroy our nation because of it? Something isn’t right here.

Karen Willis
1 year ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

My thoughts exactly!

1 year ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Your nonsense isn’t worth a serious response.

Ed D.
1 year ago
Reply to  cee

And neither is your “opinion”! You people slay me. You believe because you have a certain perspective of something, that everyone that doesn’t agree with YOUR perspective, isn’t worth a response! Oh well!!!!! Get over yourself!

Ed D.
1 year ago
Reply to  Ed D.

And here we go with the minus marks. Those of you that do that, just do not have the courage to express an opinion. Just a minus mark. Pretty pathetic if you ask me!

Sink Jaxon
1 year ago
Reply to  Ed D.

Eddy…yur funny :))

Ed D.
1 year ago
Reply to  Sink Jaxon

Truthful too!