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We were at Colorado City State Park at Colorado City Texas, had been there 4 weeks had plans to stay there to ride this out. The park is very spacious and spread out a lot of room between camp sites, beautiful area. We have enough supplies to last us for about 4 weeks. Then the email came at 935am that all Texas state parks would be closed at close of business on April 7,2020. All we could do was race 400 miles across the state of Texas to get to home base.
Well we have a really nice home base parking on our own land, guess they will tell us we have to leave here next. Fat chance on that happening, LOL. They better bring the army when they come.
Currently, hunkered down in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana at the Cajun Palms RV Resort. There are approx 400+ RV sites plus 300 cabins. There are maybe 30 RVs here. On my side of the resort there are 200+ sites, I have no neighbors and there are about 8 RVs. We left home (Maryland) for points south (Florida) in mid-Jan and have been here in Louisiana since March 1st. Heard early on that we should not mingle with the grandkids. We have 11 grandkids. Eight (8) of our grandkids and their dad all live with me and my husband. So, we decided to stay here in Louisiana at least until June. Hopefully, we will be able to return home by then and not have to self-quarantine. We only have electrical and water hookups at home. Leaving every week to dump our tanks would get old really quick. So, we will stay here until we get advice from the head health care advisors and our Maryland Governor Larry Hogan.
We planned to travel from the Washington, DC area beginning tomorrow (4/6/2020), but our reservations at a regional (multi-jurisdictional) park campground were canceled a month ago. So, we are “stuck” at our sticks and bricks home in the approximate center of 120 acres owned by us or my parents. About half is cleared and half still forested. As retirees we already were in public little, instead spending most of our days with housework, yardwork, or farm work (sans livestock). At this point, self-quarantining has caused little deviation from our normal routine.
When this first started, my wife and I decided that staying at a Corps of Engineers campground on the lake would be better than staying at home. We were there a week and a half and then the Corps of Engineers decided to close all of their campgrounds. A couple of days later the state closed all state parks. So now we are stuck at home. My heart goes out the the full timers who are struggling for a place to stay.
We are comfortable in our stick home. I have a sizable deposit for a site for June, July & August. I am waiting to see how the RV park is going to work with me and others as we are not about to leave our S&B home to be quarantined or holed up in our RV. Surely we would not want to participate in Park activities. Nor would we feel comfortable sharing facilities with overnighters or those on short term stays who could be spreading the virus, no less with those other seasonals out to the National Park or in town possibly bringing back a virus. Common sense dictates that our health is more important than taking the chance of exposing ourselves to this virus and doing it in a quarantined environment. I only see August as being anywhere close to a possible timeline for departure.
We are comfortable where we are. Is where we would want to be? Of course not. But we feel so fortunate to have found a park on the Oregon Coast in a small community that we can just ride this out. I feel for the park owners and RVers alike that are struggling with the loss of the short term stay freedom. But on the other side I also look at all of the people in these small communities that would have to worry about all of the RV/camping or vacationing community that have possibly just been traveling through a virus hotspot and now are using their fuel pumps, grocery stores, take out, medical facilities, or any bathroom that they can find.
We were finally going to get to start our full-time lifestyle out of the state of Oregon. We had plans for a rally in Tucson, seeing 90 and 95 year old parents in Omaha, a family reunion on Cape Cod, and much much more. Are we bummed or upset, of course. But as to possibly getting sick or getting others sick we see it as the best option to stay in one place and not move. Possibly we are fortunate that we have this option as others may not.
My wife has been working with some of the Oregon Government on both state and federal side as here in Oregon all “Campgrounds” have been shut down but “RV Parks” may stay open if they cater only to month long stays. Since the wording has lessened the availability of parks she is trying to get them to understand that there is a vast community of full time RVers and that we all need to have a place to call home to ride this out.
I understand that the park we are in has locked down the bathrooms/showers and is limiting the laundry to one guest at a time. Otherwise they would be in there sanitizing after every single use to protect everyone and that is too much to ask I think. I imagine that the vast majority of us are self contained and can do most of this in our own rig with the exception of laundry.
We all need to work together through this. I know we can and we can beat this virus. And after that we will all be back on the road, fulfilling our dreams. Living the lifestyle that we have chosen as full timers.
I’m at home. My only constraints are the businesses closed to the public. We travel on weekends out of state. I’m sorry folks but by definition this is not a pandemic it’s not even an epidemic. H1N1 deaths are significantly higher than COVID-19 both here and abroad RIGHT NOW TODAY!!!! The total FLU deaths are running on the low end of the annual range It’s just that the media can’t seem to want to report on anything but COVID-19. If you take the time to seek the real numbers and not the numbers that the media are generating you will see that this is just tunnel vision and the tunnel is the media. Are there problem areas, yes, folks have died. but more folks have died from other forms of the flu and you don’t hear about those poor individuals just the COVID-19 deaths. Nothing else is happening in the world. Listening to the news there is nothing going on in the world except COVID-19.
I’m not sure where you are getting your information but covid-19 is a pandemic according to Merriam-Webster.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) the average death rate of the seasonal flu is 0.1% whereas the global death rate for the coronavirus is 4.7%. Italy at 11% the US at 1.8%.
May I suggest next weekend you stay home, to protect other people, and relearn the facts.
Full timer, in a Cracker Barrel parking lot. I am heading halfway across the country to my brother’s house, where I will self isolate for fourteen days in my RV before moving into his spare room. Not where I want to be, but I am very comfortable in my RV. Too bad the park I was in was forced to close.
I’m in a Thousand Trails location in central Arizona. I’m in an annual site but out my front door is a short term site. I fully understand there are valid reasons to be moving as well as reasons to leave during the day. But the current occupant leaves EVERY day. Maybe it is a Dr keeping family at home safe but constant coming & going still concerns me, with age & 3 chronic health factors indicating possible severe complications.
We spent the winter at Imperial Dam LTVA north of Yuma, AZ, & when the virus hit, we’ve just extended our stay until early June when we’ll make our yearly visit to see our kids & grandkids in Michigan. This is the best place to be right now. 90% of the snowbirds have already left, so here we sit in the desert, with no one anywhere near us, just enjoying the pleasant weather under my brand newly installed electric awning with wind sensor. Life is good. I wish everyone else could be as stress free, but, unfortunately, life is playing a cruel joke on many people right now. I pray for the health care workers who are feeling the brunt of this pandemic.
Starting the final month of our 2nd winter season @ a Maricopa park outside Phx (Hi, Nanci 😎), won’t be going to Oregon park for summer as we’d planned 😟 (but sure glad they let us know before we hit the road!). So we snagged the last available monthly site at a neat RV campground outside Prescott Valley from May thru Sept 2020 and will see what transpires during the summer. And that’ll leave us in AZ in the fall, so we’ll likely volunteer next winter at one of the parks down here again. But we’re safe, healthy, home in our own space, and the Maricopa Co supervisors finally have set out parameters which limit anything but the briefest contact with visitors, so we’re guarded but feeling OK.
Home on the farm. Impact is minimal. Only thing different is having to do curbside pickup from restaurants instead of eating in. Ag is considered essential so all the places we need are open. Personally, I choose not to go into those places because of having non curable cancer. Our local farm stores offer curbside pickup and did before the virus as well.
We are in Casa Grande AZ in a large park. Most activities have shut down so avoid “social contact” or is it really anti social? Today at 5 pm they are shutting the pools and hot tubs. I’m getting BORED. nothing to do except read. My posterior is getting tired of sitting. Wish I were home and by my workshop and tools. Have gotten to make friends here but nobody wants to get too close together now and with distance comes loud talking to the point of shouting because us old farts can’t hear. Oh well,could be worse, we could run out of TP.
We arrived home just before the “shelter in place” rules went out. Home is a farm with our extended family. The youngest and healthiest individual does what shopping is needed, while the rest of us stay home and pretty much do what we would be doing anyway. Other than not going out for dinner (which we did a lot of) life on the farm is pretty much the same as before. With outside jobs to do and room to move around, we don’t suffer from cabin fever. So the disruption to our normal lives is minimal.
We would be getting ready for our trip to our PA campground, but we are here at our winter campground in FL. We are safe and since the PA campground is closed, we will be staying put. We miss our family very much and hope we can get to PA by Mid-summer to greet our first Great Grandson in August. People please stay where you are at if possible and most of all stay safe. God Bless.
We are now in our own home in Winterpeg, Manitoba after spending 4 months in Florida, rushing home because of this virus. It is amazing how we can spend months living happily in 350 square feet in our MoHo, but have problems once you get home to 1200 square feet. But that is mostly because you can’t leave and go outside to soak up the sun (we just got 2 feet of snow), though my hubby has been shoveling every chance he gets. It seemed easier to talk to our grandkids over Facetime when we were thousands of miles away rather than just a few miles. I believe the social-distance (self-isolation) was better in the Moho with our closest neighbours at least 50 feet away, no hugs and kisses were expected. But hey, we are all in this together and as they say “this too shall pass”. Hope to see you all on the road again in the next few months. Stay safe and healthy.
We are down in a small town in Baja California north. There is food on the shelves although our beach is closed – I’m pretty sure that we could find an isolated area of the 50 km of beach to walk along if I could (I broke my leg Feb 14 and have been bed/couch bound since then). So far everyone is healthy, fingers crossed that it stays this way!
My wife and I are comfortably isolated in our fifth-wheel.
When we purchased this home in Florida back on Jan. 1, we had no idea we’d be under lockdown. Having left NJ/NY and full-timing for 4 years, we thought we’d try it out. With relatives trying to get by in fourth-floor Walk-ups, others unemployed, some in low-income housing, or stuck in hi-rise one-bedroom apartments, we look back and count our blessings every day. We think how fortunate we are.
Hoping that everyone is coping.
God Bless You,
and God Bless America.
Just as many others here, we had planned to be “on our way” by now out West. We had just returned from a scuba diving trip on 3/16 where we had had no TV, internet, WIFI for a week and boy was that great (we were in a locale with no virus problems). Then reality set in as we got back to our RV in Summerdale, Al. Then the madness began……no toilet paper? Really? Why? Did they stop making it? Was everyone getting the runs? Pure madness and insanity for the supply chain had not been interrupted whatsoever but people just went nuts. But thankfully we can stay here as long as necessary while the rest of the world loses their mind over this virus. Perhaps we can all learn great lessons from this plague. Hopefully some good will come of it but I sure wish I could be looking at the Grand Tetons by now. Full timing for gong on 11 years makes it hard to stay put!