Coronavirus worries RVer with upcoming travel plans

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The travel industry is taking a hard hit from the coronavirus. RVers may feel safe in their homes-on-wheels, but the ability to travel to places unaffected may soon become more difficult.

We received a comment from a reader named Gray on our RV Daily Tips Newsletter this week expressing concern. Here’s what he wrote:

“This morning (Wednesday) we learned that ten nursing and care facilities in WA state have at least one resident or employee tested positive for Covid-19. That’s a sudden increase from the one Life Care center in Kirkland in which the majority of WA fatalities have occurred to date. This may be seen as an unpleasant or distasteful topic for our carefree RV lifestyle, which most may prefer to ignore, BUT… wife and I have siblings in similar long-term care facilities in No. Idaho and we’d planned an RV trip there to visit. Now we ask ourselves: understanding that one can become infected and contagious without knowing it, is it advisable to travel and visit unprotected facilities containing the most vulnerable family members among us?

“Or should we just blithely go on, business as usual, heads in the sand? And deny the uncomfortable reality that this unpleasant reality is spreading at an exponential rate? And pretend it will have no effect on such things as our happy RV lifestyle? And realize that everywhere we go these days, there has been no testing and we have no idea whether those we come in contact with are or are not carriers? Ask yourself: How is it that we are seeing an exponential spread from town to town, state to state?

“Is it possible to exchange information, seek answers to serious questions, and make sensible and knowledgeable adjustments to RV travel and camping? Isn’t it about time to begin addressing this issue in these forums, or is that asking too much?”

What do you think, RVers? Are you worried about upcoming travel plans because of the coronavirus? Have you already changed upcoming plans, or think that you will? Please leave a comment and tell us how this virus is affecting you, your RV, and your travel plans or route. Please keep this discussion as respectful and as non-political as you can. We are all in this together. Thank you.

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Bill Cantell

We are both over 70 and have other health conditions, which is common at our ages. We had a once in a lifetime 10 week trip from East Tennesse to the Virginia coast to California to home, but all of that has been postponed now, probably until next spring or summer.

Douglas Carey

I am in Arizona as a snowbird and am going back to home state of Washington. The trip back will start on 27th of March and take five days. Some concerns but i am self contained except for gas. Wear gloves and using Clorox wipes and staying healthy.

Marilyn Dyer

We had a huge trip planned for this year, got to Texas and the coronavirus hit the US. We will try to stay here until things are calmer then decide what to do. I had already reserved many of our destinations, and can tell you that many National and state parks are closed until at least May. Some RV parks are making reservations good for a year if you have to cancel. Everyone please wash your hands, keep from crowds and be safe.

Gregg Bingham

Had a trip planned to Death Valley NP starting on April 1st, Got email that all NP campgrounds are closing and my reservation was cancelled. recreation.gov refunded my $.

kim vanschoonhoven

We are staying in an RV park in Georgia and just extended our stay another 6 days. We are in no hurry to go home to New York state where it is in a state of emergency with everything shut down and 24 degrees.

Vickie

I feel that if you stay to hanging out in your own space, ( no crowds or gatherings),staying within your family or couple, you can still be outdoors for hikes, walks, things like that and use good hygiene, things should be fine. RV parks may not be the best place at this time, but, if you (and I might) just use your own facilities and keep to yourself, like I suggested above. Safe travels!

Buz T

We have postponed our trip to Florida until we feel it is safe to travel. Hopefully we will get there before hurricane season. Isn’t life fun!!

Margaret Dinkel

Our RVing isn’t scheduled to start until June. Trying to be optimistic and thinking this will settle down by then.

Linda Draves

We had plans to go to Florida (Panhandle) and Myrtle Beach, SC at the end of the month. Had reservations made from Wisconsin thru Myrtle Beach. Unfortunately due to the virus we canceled. No need to transfer from county to county nor state to state. Along with the inability to find replacement supplies when needed….better safe than sorry. BTW we are 65 and 71 years old.

Christine Crogan

Yes I recently made the decision in February to relocate to the Florida keys and was going to drive down with my travel trailer and live fulltime rv . I paid my rent for April at my rv lot and now the governor of the keys has closed off the keys to travelers and I have to wait till April and see how things progress
I left my job and have begun packing up my rv for the long haul from Wisconsin to Florida and now everything is on hold

Gene Bjerke

I chose that my plans have not changed since we just returned from our annual winter trip and have not decided what to do about a summer trip. In other words, same as always — no plans to travel for a few months. We’ll see what things are like then.

Mzlikely

I am not at all concerned about the virus. I think the scariest part is the panic that is arising. The fact that they may be closing grocery stores and people are worried about feeding themselves. The only way this virus is affecting me and it’s pretty serious is that my husband and I were planning to move into our RV and head to Texas to live. My family members are flying out from CA to help us move from SC to TX. If they can’t fly I don’t know how we are going to get our RV and car with trailer to TX since my husband can’t drive. Our lease is up in June so… To me, THAT’S whats scary

Steve S

Being Canadian, there’s a matter of travel insurance coverage and whether non-essential travel would be banned by President Trump. Fortunately, my insurance would continue coverage up until the point (yesterday) that my government issued a travel advisory. By that time, I was already home. I did indeed alter my travel plans due to this virus and left 4 weeks ahead of schedule.

The corona virus Covid-19 was not being taken seriously by many people, including those in Italy. Look at what happened with Italy. Yesterday, as I crossed the border, I was told to go into a 14-day isolation. Today, my province issued a “state of emergency” and have closed many public venues and told the restaurants, bars, night clubs, etc. to close. And, advising all people to self isolate for 14 days, not just those coming back from other countries. Of course, they keep the grocery stores open. They have also, wisely or not, kept our border open to all Americans … so far.

Although in self isolation, I have no symptoms. Since I was boondocking, no one was near me. When I had to get groceries, I would go first thing in the morning when minimal amounts of people are shopping and easy to avoid close contact. That left all the gas stations on the way home to deal with; what I did was use a vinyl glove (the kind used by food preparers) and wore one for handling the pump and pin pad on the pump. That left pure chance encounters in which I could catch the virus and time will tell if that happened.

Best to all of you and hope none of you catch it.

Steve

Sharon Nelson

We had plans to camp at Cherry Creek State Park and go to the Supercross races in Denver the beginning of April. The races have been cancelled but, unless the state park closes, we’re still going and will find something else to do.

Rick Jacobs

Greetings – We have been planning for over a year for a 10 week trip out to Arizona, Utah, and other western states leaving from home (Atlanta)
Somewhat perplexed about leaving on March 23rd the second week of the lockdown.
Any thoughts?

Lorie Schink

We left Colorado to see the Rockies Spring Training. Got to Arizona March 1st. Saw one game, next one cancelled due to rain, the next day the MLB cancelled Spring Training. We are at a 55+ RV park until the end of the month. Hoping things are better by the time we head back home.

Steve Johnson

As a healthcare provider, I have not participated in the panic. We are living our RV life as usual, no hoarding of toilet paper for a virus that is only respiratory; no hoarding of hand sanitizer which is anti-bacterial, not anti-viral. We are taking all common sense driven protective measures just like always. End of story.

EricB

We have a trip scheduled with friends starting in mid August to see the national parks in Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona. So far the only changes to that trip was to remove Pilot-FlyingJ fuel stops with and select stops that honor the TSD fuel card. By August according to our glorious news media, we will all be dead, or this virus scare will just be a distant memory.

SDPeg

along with all the other concerns about a road-trip, I am wondering about the availability of fuel, groceries, restaurants, camp spots along the way….and if we get exposed during a 10minute fuel break at a spot we immediately leave, how will we know or be notified of any potential exposure….and if we get sick, what about the availability of health care centers? and if the economy continues to tank, it will certainly limit our discretionary spending….lots to think about

DPHooper

We changed our itinerary for next week, we were going to see a friend in a Senior Living Center in Albuquerque. The facility has put visitation and going out restrictions in place. The average age is 80. They have no Covid 19. Although , we are all disappointed , we proceed with common sense.
We are fulltime RVers.
Heading back to Texas to attend to business.
Then in May we head to Alaska, we are still planning but who knows , will it be possible or do we wait until next year?
We limit our social contacts, use good hand washing, and keep our common sense and good health in mind.