Monday, October 3, 2022


RV Life in a Coronavirus World: “Embracing technology and its lingo”

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EDITOR’S NOTE: We have asked readers to tell us how they are adapting to life these days. Here is Pat and John’s story:

We’ve been full-time RVers since 2016, traversing the country from season to season to visit family and friends and touring the National Parks, our ultimate passion, along the way.

At this point in April, we were to be in Texas, where we had planned a six-week tour of every National Park and National Park unit in that state. Our tour was to coincide with a week of classroom study at the NRVIA to begin the RV inspector certification process. Suddenly, everything changed when the coronavirus pandemic hit.

We are currently hunkered down at an RV park north of Los Angeles, where we’ve been since November to visit our grandsons and their parents.

We’ve been asked by family and friends, “How are you holding up in such a small space, not able to go anywhere or do anything?”

We tell them that RVers are durable folks, able to change plans at a moment’s notice, ready to adjust with the weather or the circumstance. In this case, it’s adjusting for a most unusual time in all of our lives. As for us, we’ve always been pretty flexible and adaptable. So, this hasn’t really been difficult.

Our conversation one morning this week started with this:

John: (during a break from the alternative online training that NRVIA set up in light of the stay at home orders), What are you planning to do today?

Pat: I have two Zoom meetings this week, so I’m exploring the Adobe platform to download or create a PDF backdrop when I’m on the video calls. What about you?

John: We just finished a segment about pressure loads on propane tanks. We’ll be looking at manometers next. You interested in hearing about it?

Pat: Interesting, but thanks. (LOL). I’m also researching Hootsuite versus Hubspot. Need to decide on the platform for our future business plans.

John: Oh, good idea! How does that work? (LOL)

Pat: For the blog/website we’ve been designing. Also looking into WordPress or Blogger or a similar one to see what’s best for integrating our content, SEO, optimization. What’s the rest of your day like?

John: My homework today is to study RV refrigeration concepts. NRVIA shipped us the videos to watch and study. This will be another 12-hour day of study and training. How did your new setup go yesterday?

Pat: With Slack? Great. Some of my fellow members of RVWA that are on our Slack portal are also on my LinkedIn. So, we’re connecting!

John (as he puts his headset back on to start the next session of video training): Good for you!

It’s a day in the life of full-time RVers inside our tiny home on wheels, embracing technology and its lingo, while in isolation, making future plans while waiting out the storm!

Pat and John Jennette

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Gerri Lilly
2 years ago

Sorry John and Pat but it sounds to me like you are way above my technical skills. I hope that was all a put on. Bet you are from California- yes?

Pat Jennette
2 years ago
Reply to  Gerri Lilly

Hi there! We are not Californians. We were actually born and raised in Pennsylvania and lived there most of our lives. We spend winters in California to be with our grandchildren and their parents. With the pandemic, we found ourselves having to stay put for now. And yes, this is all true! We are exploring new territories and technologies and stretching our horizons in light of being in isolation due to COVID. Hopefully we’ll know much of what we’re talking about by the time we’re let back out on the streets! LOL.

2 years ago

This is a good time to take up geocaching! Out in the fresh air. Alone.

2 years ago

Nice way to stay active. I’m taking the opportunity to update my business website, learn Zoom so I can conduct meetings, and add more insurance companies to offer folks. If we’re having to be home bound might as well be productive.

Pat Jennette
2 years ago
Reply to  LiVan_Life

Absolutely! That’s one thing we all have now, the gift of time!

2 years ago

Congratulations folks you have found something to keep you busy and your minds on things you have control over. I pity those whose day involves sitting around listening to the media deliver them the next round of doom and gloom, take the dog for a walk, come back sit there and get more indoctrination.
Keeping the mind busy with positive pursuits, is key.

I admire you guys for keeping up with the computer lingo – me I’m as dumb as a post when it comes to that stuff. I’ll be one of your most challenging students when we meet one day in the Old Folks Home – LOL.

Pat Jennette
2 years ago
Reply to  Alvin

Alvin, we all have this gift of time right now. Not to say we don’t have our days where we sleep in and don’t do a whole of things productively. A regular routine to the day coupled with some new challenges is making the time pass by quickly! Stay safe and healthy at home!

2 years ago

Thumbs up.

Pat Jennette
2 years ago
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Bob Godfrey
2 years ago

That’s “an” old guy……..and to John and Pat I’m kidding of course!

Bob Godfrey
2 years ago

While I understand everything John was saying, I’m trying to figure out what language Pat was speaking. Think I’m and old guy?

Pat Jennette
2 years ago
Reply to  Bob Godfrey

It’s a huge learning curve, Bob! Both John and I are embarking on new territories now that we’re in our 60s. Never too old to learn!

Donald N Wright
2 years ago

Dear Pat & John, I am lost in a swirl of computer programs. Your field of study sounds interesting.

Pat Jennette
2 years ago

Thanks, Donald. We’re both embarking on new territories since we’re in isolation for who knows how long. We’re both in our 60s and wanted to expand our horizons. We have nothing to lose and everything to gain! Stay healthy and safe at home!