Reader letter: “Few wearing masks” and lots of newbie RVers

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From reader Ron Hale:
My partner and I have just returned home to Arizona after an 8-day trip. I just couldn’t sit at home another day, so off we went — cautiously. We took enough food/drink for the duration, so no need to stop/shop along the way. Reservations were booked and paid for online. So very little interaction at most stops.

Our first observation was how few people anywhere were wearing any masks including none of the owners/employees at RV parks we visited. That was very surprising, and frankly disappointing. We wear ours anytime, and anyplace, that we may encounter anyone.

Our other observation was the number of “new” RVs that pulled in every evening, with temporary tags, fresh off the dealer lot. It was disturbing and yet at times comical to watch these new owners exit their new RV and have little to no idea how to attach their electric, water, sewer, cable.

The frustration and at times ensuing anger was difficult to watch on a few occasions.
We considered whether we should be good neighbors, and offer advice/help, but with COVID anxiety we kept our distance and just watched. We did help one single older lady whose fresh water tank had a bad back flow valve, and was overflowing the tank. This was also in a brand-new, higher-end RV. She was quite upset.

This, of course reinforced our thoughts that there are many people who now see an RV as the “safer” way to travel. As Chuck has discussed many times in the recent past, “Where will they all stay?”

It is becoming increasingly more of a hassle to travel in our RV, for sure. I have owned an RV beginning with a brand-new one in 1996, and a few more since. But frankly, I am seriously beginning to think the end may be near. Hate to say that.

Thanks to all of you at RV Travel….for all that you do, for all of us. Keep up the good work.

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Jim
3 months ago

Admin,
Why are you allowing this comment section to get abusive?
Too many people playing at scientists, medical experts, and moral high ground social justice warriors.

Ken
3 months ago

My wife is currently in Yuma attending to a family matter. On day one she mentioned the lack of mask, maybe 20% of the people wearing them. The next day, and all this week, Arizona is in the headlines for their COVID news. Janet says “No wonder there’re so many Covid positives, no one’s wearing mask”. All I can say, don’t bring any of that nasty stuff back to Washington

Rich
3 months ago

Capt, John
you made some very correct and logical points right up until you made it political with you name calling then , your ignorance showed through. It is people such as yourself that just don’t see we are ALL here on this rock together. We can either get along and be civil to each other, or just do the rest of us a favor and check out of here with your purple robe and purple Nike’s. this planet could use a lot less HATE ! AND A LOT MORE COMPASSION.

Al Lefeusch
3 months ago

This is why I have stayed put in the tiny, beautiful park I’ve been in since February. I feel very lucky to be at a park with lots of space between campers because the people coming in and out don’t care at all about distancing or wearing masks. I just enjoy the view from my patio and stay far away from them.

Cindy
3 months ago

You are a codger. Masks are NOT necessary when outdoors unless you are closer than 6 feet to someone. The CDC says so. COVID is not in the miasma. Most help can be given from a distance of 6 feet so no need to sit by piously while others struggle. Did you forget what it was like to be a newbie? And they have the RIGHT to be there, the same as you. I think things will level off soon and most of them will not be out camping that much in a year. Be patient and try not to be so grumpy. It’s ruining good times for the rest of us. If you don’t like the situation then I suggest YOU stay home. Maybe for you the end IS near.

Al Lefeusch
3 months ago
Reply to  Cindy

Some people live in RVs and simply want a safe space to be in. You’re correct that a mask may not be necessary if you are outdoors and keep 6′. However , many people aren’t even keeping 6′. Of course everyone has a right to camp, but it’s not a huge inconvenience to consider other people during a pandemic.

Bluebird Bob
3 months ago
Reply to  Cindy

No. He is NOT ruining things for the rest of YOU! You sound like one of those young people that think’s that everybody should think the way you do! People don’t try to find stuff out before they rent a lot of the time. Maybe YOU think YOU are the privileged one and everybody should just get out of YOUR way since YOU think YOU are so special!

wanderer
3 months ago

The beauty of RV camping is you are outdoors. So, it’s very easy to strike up conversations with people and keep a safe (6′ or more) distance. Hopefully your fellow campers slap on a mask when in stores or dealing with a host etc.

My first night on the road, I was stumbling around with my water hose and the kind couple next door waited for me to say ‘no charge for the entertainment, folks!’ before coming over to help out, telling me what to do and passing on an old connector. I will never ever forget their wonderful kindness.

You should definitely speak up, and just keep a safe distance. If it makes you feel better, whip on a mask, and mention ‘I may be susceptible to the virus so I’m going to keep my distance’ if they seem really clueless.

If somebody touches your water filter, so what, go in and wash your hands after you’re done. They say it’s not spreading so much from surfaces as from indoor recirculated air.

rick krough
3 months ago

N-95 masks and equivalents are quickly becoming available again. They protect you so you can worry less about the clowns that won’t wear a mask. I also carry pepper spray in case they think wearing a mask is a political statement and escalate to a confrontation.

Al Lefeusch
3 months ago
Reply to  rick krough

I like you, Rick. I’d camp next to you any time.

robert
3 months ago

We left Florida (where a lot of people don’t wear masks) in June and are now in Conn. Every stop along the way including gas stations and campgrounds at least 95% were wearing masks. It seems the more north you get the more responsible people are about following guide lines Its for every ones protection

Bob
3 months ago
Reply to  robert

We live in Western PA. Masks are mandatory according to state and local mandates. Unless you visit a Walmart store. Seems Walmart does not enforce or even post a sign that masks are required by customers. I was told by the district manager that Walmart cannot enforce this mandate.
In 99% of the smaller stores masks are worn by everyone and no one seems to have a problem wearing them.

Firefly
3 months ago
Reply to  Bob

Interesting observation. We’ve been traveling in the Midwest where masks are not mandated. I’ve noticed exactly the opposite.

Bob
3 months ago
Reply to  Bob

Bob
I live in western Washington where masks are mandatory. The Walmart’s here have HUGE signs saying to wear your mask and 95% do. I think your district manager doesn’t believe in masks.

Roy Christensen
3 months ago
Reply to  robert

The medical N-95 masks do not have valves. Many studies have shown that masks do work. This has nothing to do with the media. One test that I saw was very simple. Bill Nye (The Science Guy) did a test where he lit a candle. Then he tried to blow out the candle while wearing a homemade mask and manufactured masks. He couldn’t blow out the candle! This shows that a mask will limit the amount of breath you will pass on to others near you. You need to do some research by reading some scientific studies. These are not the media which you do not trust apparently.

Traveler
3 months ago
Reply to  robert

Tell that to your dentist next visit. You wouldn’t want the dentist getting ill, would you? And breathing their bad breathe and the germs of the last 7 patients directly in your mouth wouldn’t be a problem since masks only cause more infection…..

Gman
3 months ago
Reply to  robert

Mothers give birth wearing a mask, why can’t you. Hospital staff wear them virtually 24/7, why can’t you. Am I scared of a “little” virus, yes I am, am I scared of a piece of cloth, no I’m not. I concur with Roy below. Wear a mask and move on.

chris p hemstead
3 months ago
Reply to  robert

You are the reason states like AZ are in a raging epidemic. The media reports what medical professionals say, they don’t make up stuff to make Donald Trump look bad.

Bill
3 months ago
Reply to  robert

Different masks for different asks.

Most people are wearing surgical masks or a cloth facsimile. Surgical masks do not protect the surgeon, they protect the patient from the surgeon sneezing, drooling, etc. into the (cut open) patient. The mask does allow the exhaled breath out the sides of the mask where the air handling system in the operating room can remove it. It doesn’t stop the virus particles, it does lengthen the path they may travel in so hopefully they will go somewhere other than into your respiratory system.