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RV Travel Newsletter Issue 942

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April 4, 2020
Non-Members (advertising supported) edition


Editor’s corner

With Chuck Woodbury

Iam mad, very mad. The state of Virginia has ordered that private RV parks can no longer accept short-term guests. If you are traveling along I-81 and need a place to spend a night or two along the way, forget about it. Oh, there’s always a parking lot and maybe a rest area.

But if you want to stay in a hotel, that’s fine — the state thinks that’s perfectly okay even though those who stay have no idea who slept in the bed the night before. Or who coughed and sneezed germs right onto the plastic-covered drinking cups in the bathroom — that the maid assumes are clean. Maybe you’ll watch a little TV — holding the germ-covered remote control device by the bed. Who used it last night or the night before?

And what about housekeeping, going from room to room, picking up germs along the way?

DIFFERENT STORY IN AN RV
But if you want to stay in your self-contained RV in a Virginia RV park, where you know who slept in your bed the night before (you), and who used the bathroom before you (you), and who touched the doorknobs, chairs and heating controls before (you), you cannot do it. Even though with remote check-in and prepayment, an RVer can come and go without getting anywhere near another human. That’s more dangerous than staying in a hotel? Give me a break!

READ THE ARTICLE we posted yesterday by my friend Andy Zipser who owns the Walnut Hills Campground and RV Park in Virginia. One day, everything is normal and the next he has to kick out every short-term guest and accept no new ones unless they stay 14 days or longer.

“Just like that, we teeter on the edge of insolvency,” Andy writes. “Ninety percent of our business is short-term campers, anything from over-nighters traveling the I-81 corridor to residents within a 250-mile radius looking to camp with us for a few days.”

Virginia is not the only state to adopt such a ridiculous new policy. Not only does such a rule hurt an RV park, even jeopardize its survival, but it means RVers passing through no longer have a place to stay if they need a utility hookup. Most states have already closed their state parks. Ditto campgrounds in national parks, national forests and Corps of Engineers parks.

A law like Virginia’s is hard to believe. But, alas, it’s true!

You and I are getting the shaft
We can’t stay in our RVs because some politician thinks we’ll spread our out-of-town germs to everyone else. But, at the same time, anyone can stay in a hotel, where he or she can sneeze, cough and otherwise spew microorganisms every which way in the privacy of their own room, and then drive on down the road, leaving their germs behind for the next visitor.

Read Andy’s article and where you can write to voice your opinion about this.

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



Stories in tomorrow’s newsletter

• Latest breaking news about the coronavirus and how it affects RVers.
• Comprehensive list of RV recalls for March.
• Pickup truck news: 2020 Best RVs for towing. Truck recall.
PLUS: Campground updates • Latest fuel prices • Upcoming RV shows (yeah, right) • Latest RV recalls • Free and bargain camping locations • Reader survey • and much more …


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UPDATE FROM THE EDITOR: If you are being hit financially by the pandemic, please take care of yourself: don’t worry about us. But if you are doing okay, we could use your help.



Keep informed
Current Wildfire Report.
National Hurricane Center.


Brain Teaser

A cowboy rides into town on Monday, stays for two days, and leaves town on Monday. How is this possible? (Answer in tomorrow’s Sunday News newsletter.)


Last week’s featured stories in RV Daily Tips

Get a serious grip on RV condensation.
Is a warm electrical outlet cause for concern?
Campsite “site length” restrictions. What do they really mean?
Level your rig like a pro – without messing up your suspension.
Repairing dripping bathroom faucets.


Coronavirus must-haves on Amazon. Click here to see what’s available.


Is coronavirus leading to a constitutional crisis?

Full-time RVers are struggling with finding a place to stay in this difficult time of pandemic. As state and local authorities shut down RV parks, or limit guests to those who stay under long-term status, the number of full-time RVers could conceivably exceed the available supply of short-term spots. One California RV park owner says the whole matter could end up in court – as a constitutional rights issue. Read more. Civil/polite comments are welcomed.

Not using your RV? Help save an MD’s life!

ER doctor Jason Phillips sees between 100-150 patients every day. As a father of an infant and two other young children, there was no question that he should quarantine while he treated patients with COVID-19. His wife, Emily, worried every time he came home and potentially exposed herself and their children to COVID-19. He needed a place to quarantine. Emily thought, “What better place to quarantine than in an RV?” Emily made it happen.

Governor’s misguided order deals crushing blow to at least one RV park

Andy Zipser, owner of the beautiful Walnut Hills RV Park in Staunton, Virginia, writes: “Never underestimate the power of one individual to effect change – especially if that person is hysterical. Case in point: This past Monday, the governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam, issued a ‘temporary stay at home’ edict. Tucked into the middle of this order is the one sentence that has upended our lives, commanding the “cessation of all reservations for overnight stays of less than 14 nights at all privately-owned campgrounds.” Continue reading.

Related to above:
How a caring RV park owner acts in hard times

If you have read RV park owner Andy Zipser’s essay posted April 3, then you know the state of Virginia has banned him, and other private RV parks, from renting a site to RVers staying less than two weeks. Here is what Andy has now posted on his late arrival board. Other RV park owners in a similar situation, please take note.


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

What has happened to us that we are so angry? (Sadly, this is still very relevant.)
A new take on the offensive neighbor in the RV park
The RV Proctologists relate an RV sewer nightmare
Readers’ tips for picking out a campsite


‘Earthquake Putty’ keeps stuff in place
Do you have items in your RV you like to keep in place — on a table, bedstand or counter? You need this. Collectors Hold Museum Putty is designed to keep items secure in earthquakes! Hey, a moving RV is a constant earthquake! To use this, pull off what you need, roll until soft, apply to the base of the object then lightly press it to the surface. Later, it comes off clean. Learn more or order.


Reader Poll

How comfortable are you in the space where you’re self-quarantining?

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.

Do you take the coronavirus threat seriously, or believe its dangers have been way overblown?
What part of this newsletter do you look forward to the most? Is there something you’d like to see done differently?
Do you know anyone who has gotten the coronavirus, COVID-19?


EMS worker shares preventive uses for personal protective equipment

Jonathan Chaffin, an EMS worker, posted this on our Facebook group, RV Coronavirus News. “Okay, I’m going to give a rundown of masks, gloves, and various forms of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). I’ll say this first and foremost that I’m not here to argue. I’m simply offering my personal and professional experience from working EMS the past 12 years in urban and rural EMS services.” Read more.

Add another room to your RV with this brilliant mod

We came across an RV mod completed by Facebook user Joshua Torres, and we’re blown away by it! Torres had no use for the bunk beds in his Keystone RV, so he took them out (with some help) and created a laundry room and office. How’s that for adding a whole new room to your RV? Check it out!

Reader asks: What does your RV insurance cover?

Reader Kevin Parker sent us an email asking us to ask for your help. Here’s what he wrote: “I got hit by a full-time RVer without insurance, driving a Class C motorhome. My insurance will cover all but several thousand dollars for my replacement. I feel sorry for the other guy. As far as I know, he has no place to go and my insurance company will pursue him ‘to the ends of the earth’ to recover their liability. I would be interested to know what your readers’ RV insurance coverages are?” Read the rest of the question and, if you can, offer advice in the comments.

Sharing the beauty: A 600,000-photograph cross-country journey

By RonnieSue Ambrosino
It’s a very difficult time for all of us. Many people are focused on trying to navigate through this world that was turned topsy-turvy over the last month. There doesn’t seem to be an immediate break in the stress. We have been fortunate to travel the country with our cameras in hand, taking more than 600,000 photos of the beauty we’ve seen. Read more, and check out some of their spectacular photos!


Hide dirty laundry, and save space too!
Sometimes where to put those worn clothes waiting for wash day is the pits. Many hide a basket in the shower stall, but here’s another approach: Hang that dirty laundry out – not for everyone to see, but on the back of a closet door. Zippers on this one make it easy to open, and the company includes a couple of different hooks to help you hang it. Find it here for a great price.



Popular articles from last week

Full-timers – Where can you stay during this outbreak?
Action needed: Keep RV parks open.
Video: Update on recent cougar attack in Colorado RV park.
During this crisis, ask what you can do for your neighbor.
At last! A toy-hauler with a “hidden garage” – but with hidden problems.
All bottled up! A hilarious story of an RVing newbie
Can your pets get, or give you, COVID-19?
Homeless in California. An RVing family’s struggle to shelter in place.
Campground Chatter with Janet Groene, March 28, 2020.
Why FMCA did not refund registration fees for cancelled rally.
RV Shrink: Find an RV safe harbor and hunker down.
Building an RV park: Campground, Smampground. Everything is ON HOLD!


Sta-Bil Rust Stopper stops rust and corrosion
Of the many gremlins that attack your RV, like mold, mildew, leaks and black streaks, rust is the gremlin that will attack your hand tools, spare parts, door hinges and other vulnerable metal surfaces and moving parts over time. STA-BIL® Rust Stopper prevents rust and corrosion by protecting metal surfaces with a long-lasting barrier while lubricating parts and tools to stop squeaks and sticking. Learn more in this article.


Resources

Our Facebook and RVillage Groups: RV Horror Stories • RV Advice • RV Electricity • RV Parks with Storm Shelters • RV Buying AdviceNorthwest RV CampingSouthwest RV CampingFree CampgroundsNEW Budget RV TravelNEWER RV VideosNEWEST RV Coronavirus News • plus Texas RV Camping and Florida RV camping. And please join our group on RVillage (like Facebook except just for RVers).

Where to complain about bad RVs, dealers, service, RV parks. This is an ever-expanding list of resources where you can report, share or discuss your problems with RV manufacturers or dealers.

Best Club for RVers: Escapees. Click here to learn more or join. Endorsed by RVtravel.com.

The RV Show USA
Listen each Wednesday evening on Facebook or YouTube for the live taping of America’s only syndicated radio program about RVing.

The RV Death Spiral
Read the eight-part series of editorials by Greg Gerber that the RV industry never wanted written. Download the PDF.

RV Clubs
Check out our Directory of RV Clubs and Organizations.

What does financing an RV for 20 years REALLY mean?
In case you missed this article the first time around, here it is again. Important! Click here.

Stuck with a lemon RV? Contact Ron Burdge, America’s premier RV lemon law attorney.


Sign up for our RV Daily Tips Newsletter
Coronavirus news for RVers in your inbox daily!
Every Monday through Friday you get a short, informational email from us delivered straight to your inbox. Inside each issue you’ll find: quick RV tips, popular articles, reader polls, RV thoughts, helpful resources, a website of the day, RV clubs and organizations, trivia, jokes and more! If you don’t like it, you can easily unsubscribe, but we doubt you’ll want to. Read Friday’s issue here and then sign up here.


CAN you organize your pantry? You will!
You probably have quite a few cans in your pantry right now, right? Soup, tuna, canned veggies, canned pet food, broth, beans, etc. It all takes up space! Here are a ton of can organizers to help keep your pantry organized so you can easily find everything. These are great for the RV too, since it’ll stop everything from moving around. Look through these organizers here.


Ask the RV Shrink

What do RV park managers and pig farmers have in common?

Dear RV Shrink:
We have spent the winter in the state parks of three states as well as many city and county parks. One common denominator we find in most parks we visit are nasty restroom and shower facilities. Are we too picky or is this just the norm? We are fairly new at this RV lifestyle and I have to say, I think twice before I venture into a park restroom. —Untidy in Texas

Read the RV Shrink’s advice.


Ask the RV Doctor

Gary is currently in the hospital fighting COVID-19

For current updates about this condition, click here. We update this page every time we receive new information about our friend’s condition. Leave a get well message here if you wish. Gary’s family is reading them, and we know he will, too, once he recovers.


Hair salon closed? No problem!
Cut your own hair and save yourself tons of money in the future by getting yourself your very own hair-cutting kit. Here are a bunch to choose from. Some will trim your beard too.


RV Electricity

Quick 30-amp outlet tester for cheap

Dear Readers,
You may have noticed that I launched my RVelectricity webcasts this week, and have been creating all sorts of YouTube videos while I’m stuck inside. Here’s a really short one for you about a simple yet effective test for 30-amp RV outlets that will cost you about $30 even if you have to buy everything. If you have some of these devices laying around, so much the better. Read more and watch the short but very useful Webcast.

Sign up for Mike’s popular and informative RV Electricity group on Facebook.
And you don’t want to miss Mike’s webcasts on his new YouTube channel.



RV Tire Safety

Importance of side-to-side motorhome weight balance

Roger Marble received the following question: “Hi. I have followed your postings on this forum and I own a 2017 Newmar Ventana 4002. I am trying to understand and resolve an issue with my coach where I have a 1000 lb. difference in weight on the front axle side to side. I have had the coach weighed on all 4 corners 3 times and get the same results. My understanding, and I think it may have been in one of your posts, is that the difference should never be more than 500 lbs. side to side. …”

Read the rest of the question and Roger’s response.


RV Short Stop

Wildflowers bloom across Texas

During this time of COVID-19 crisis, if you are a Snowbird needing to travel through several states to get home, check the Centers for Disease Control’s advice on “Coronavirus and Travel in the United States.” If you are able to travel and your route home takes you through the Hill Country of Texas, one small upside during these challenging times is that now is the peak of spring wildflower season. With more than 5,000 species of native flowering plants, the Lone Star State is known for its breathtaking spring (now through June). Read more.


Make outdoor fabrics look brand new!
From cotton duck to modern acrylic textiles, all outdoor fabrics stain and eventually begin looking old and tired. Scrubbing with water and mild detergent may remove some of the surface dirt, but organics such as mold, mildew and algae need to be handled differently so they won’t grow back. Biodegradable Mold & Mildew Stain Remover from Iosso Products works well to rejuvenate fabric, vinyl, wood and plastic without any harsh chemicals that bleach-out colors and deteriorate materials. Read more about it here.


RV Fire Safety

Help prevent RV engine fires

A hard-working engine manifold can get as hot as 900 degrees F. The heavy insulation in the compartment reflects the heat back to the top of the engine, and a fire can easily break out. Inspect your radiator and have any problems repaired by a qualified person as soon as possible.


@marinmuseumofbicycling, Instagram

Museum of the Week

The Marin Museum of Bicycling

Fairfax, California

Bicycle lovers unite! Get wheely excited for this… This volunteer-run museum in downtown Fairfax, CA, shows the 19th-century evolution of the bicycle. Visitors can watch as the bicycle advances from the early 1860s to the turn of the century. The museum also hosts the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, so if mountain biking is your thing, you’ll find the fascinating history of it here. And if you ever need a gift for a bike lover, the gift shop is where to go. Ride on over to the official museum website here.


Tape it to the limit…
Rather than an adhesive, this type of tape fuses to itself. It makes a totally waterproof seal that can be used to repair the insulation on electrical wiring in the field. It has all kinds of other emergency uses advertised such as a quick fix for a leaking radiator hose, so it certainly deserves a place in your RV toolbox since it’s a multi-tasking piece of equipment that could save your bacon. Learn more or order.


Trivia

During the first quarter of the 20th century, new Americans arriving at Ellis Island were served Jell-O gelatin dessert as a treat to welcome them to America. Gelatin dessert was patented in 1845 and the Jell-O brand was created in 1897. The first flavors were strawberry, raspberry, orange and lemon.

Bumper sticker of the week

“Grumpy. It’s not a mood … it’s a lifestyle!” —Thanks to Richard Bauer.

Have you seen a funny bumper sticker? Send it to diane(at)RVtravel.com

Joke of the Week

Hilarious video: Trust no one!
We can guarantee that your smile will last longer than this 6-second video, and that you’ll want to watch it more than once. Watch it here.

Worth Pondering

Going outdoors is not canceled, listening to music is not canceled, quality time with our families is not canceled, reading a book is not canceled, sharing with friends is not canceled, singing out loud is not canceled, laughing has not been canceled, sharing HOPE with others has not been canceled. Let’s EMBRACE what we have. —From Kelly’s Treehouse


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Rory R
1 year ago

The bad decisions on closing CG’s, are being made by misinformed politicians. They seem to think that everyone in a RV is on vacation. There should be a group like the FMCA (or what it previously was) that would advocate for RV’ers so these asinine decisions won’t be made. FMCA is simply a marketing organization these days.

Phsmith
1 year ago

Be safe

Phsmith
1 year ago
Joe
1 year ago

Wow, a dumb decision by Virginia’s governor? Imagine that!

larryc
1 year ago

This is a good time for RVer to put their heads together and come up with a plan which can be guidelines for states to have an idea of how to manage situations such as now. Things such as dump stations, water supply, and overnight stay etc… also emergency situations– not everyone has a home base. We are now seeing our government at work and it is not at all a well thought out situation. This type of events will surely happen again and we need to have some suitable solution for those who don’t have a clue of this type of lifestyle.

Toni Calzone
1 year ago

I have two friends that have called for advise to get home. My advise is stay put till late May early June and when you do get home self quarantine for14 days. Make all your overnight reservations before you leave and make sure vehicles are serviced. If you need something done at home we will take care of it for you. More states will be closing borders shortly. You are assured if you do get sick you have care where you are. Breakdown on the road can be a trying time. some shops will not touch a vehicle for five days. Campgrounds need to protect their long term residents. Should an outbreak occur the entire facility risks being closed long term. VA stay at home is until June 10 from what i understand. States are not in a position right now to take on traveling cases. Rightfully so folks are looking at travelers coming thru or returning to stay at home states as carriers and causes to increase the stay at home time line. as for staying in hotels ask for a room that has not been stayed in for four days if you must travel. as rvers full or part time we need to be responsible travelers and not become part of a larger problem.

Ronnie Flake
1 year ago

During these trying times we go out almost everyday to take pictures of wildflowers. It’s relaxing and people get encouraged by seeing them. We take water and have no contact with anyone. It’s safe and we get to enjoy nature. We love Texas!

Judy
1 year ago

Interestingly… I posted a comment and now I can’t seem to see it anywhere…
Did it get removed because I mentioned “God”?

Ellen l
1 year ago
Reply to  Judy

Probably not. I’ve seen comments in previous editions and sections of this newsletter that mention God in one context or another.

If you don’t mind taking a bit of advice from someone who used to do tech support for a living — review what you did when you tried to post earlier, and try again.

Irv
1 year ago

The link to send the Virginia gov an email, asked for my zip code. That sends the email to people in my state–not Virginia.

I agree with other poster’s that ask why you’re traveling and won’t stay put for at least 14 days. Most people are eventually going to get infected–what they’re trying to do is flatten the curve so as to spread out emergency room visits over a longer period of time.

jillie
1 year ago

Michigan is now on the anti campsite band wagon but yet hotels are still an option. I did get ours fixed last week and it is again sitting on our driveway waiting to be towed to our favorite campsite. I totally agree. Sitting in your RV is much better then on a cruise ship or a hotel room. Good luck to those who tow or heading home. It is becoming a draconian state.

Deborah Font
1 year ago

Where are those unmanned RV stays along the interstate now? The ones you pull in and swipe your card for the night, we could really use them right about now. We are traveling from AZ to AL and although we like rest areas we could use a refill of water at one of those stops.

Steve
1 year ago

I remember you being an “on the road” publisher from Grass Valley when we were full timers in the 80s and 90s. Enjoyed you then and am pleased that you’ve succeeded to this day.

retired (cop)
1 year ago

Instead of telling us about the campground problem in the editors corner why don’t you send it to the governor to read so he will understand better?

Ellen l
1 year ago
Reply to  retired (cop)

That’s a great idea! How about we ALL tell our public *servants*, who WE elect into office, whose salaries WE pay, that RV campgrounds and public parks with RV sites are essential services that allow those of us who are full-timers to shelter in place in our own homes, rather than forcing us out onto the road?

And to be fair, those states that have enacted quarantine/shelter-in-place guidelines think that they *are* acting for the safety of the public. But they need input from us, on the ground and dealing with the situation, to get more nuance and better information.

You may have seen me post this in other articles, but it bears repeating; Escapees has a great resource, with all state representative information and even helpful suggested templates to use when mailing/calling them. It was a big help to me finding my state and federal representatives and in framing the emails I sent.

https://www.escapees.com/coronavirus/

Wallace Twigg
1 year ago

Don’t take your anger out on Virginia! You’re missing the point. STAY Home. Don’t travel from state to state. Stay where you are!!! Every time you gas up, every time you make a purchase, there is the risk of passing this virus on. We have NO experience with an event like this and there will be decisions made that on hind sight should have been done differently. The best way to protect yourself and the people you love is to STAY HOME

Alan Goldberg
1 year ago
Reply to  Wallace Twigg

Wallace if your home is an RV and you’re evicted from a campground how does “STAY HOME” apply? Not everything in this world is black and white.

Lawmakers are not considering the unintended effects of there short sited but well-intended knee jerk response to a very complicated problem.

Wolfe
1 year ago
Reply to  Alan Goldberg

I think you (all) may be muddying the issue. The intent is supposedly not to ban living in an RV, but to make you PARK it in place. You shouldn’t be “evicted” at all even under VA’s weird plan — just told to STAY whereever you are for longer, which should actually come out cheaper per night when on longer-term rates.

That said, I think campgrounds are going to catch a lot of undeserved flack for the incompetent actions of our “representatives” (ill-named, I know). To help keep the peace for campground owners, I plan to offer my security services for the bargain price of $5 a night. I will securely block anyone from parking in a designated site using my trailer as a blackade to any illegal camping. I also offer a $45 new customer discount for this overnight guard duty. I think if we ban together and blockade all the sites, we can stop this scourge of illegal campers flaunting the law…

Kenny
1 year ago
Reply to  Wallace Twigg

STAY AT HOME.
Nothing else needs to be said

Jim
1 year ago
Reply to  Wallace Twigg

Wallace, although I agree with you, you missed the point. It’s way safer to travel/sleep in an RV than it is to stay in hotels while traveling. Some folks dont have a sticks n bricks home. They are full time RVers. That’s the point. I definitely won’t be traveling anytime soon, but if I was a full timer, I wouldn’t really have a choice.

Walter Mycroft
1 year ago
Reply to  Wallace Twigg

You are missing the point. Why is it okay for people to travel and use a hotel but not a campground. If we are to agree with your position then close all of them, hotels and campgrounds. Picking on one is wrong.

Ray Zimmermann
1 year ago
Reply to  Wallace Twigg

Then if they are really serious, why didn’t they close the hotels?

Merl J Bell
1 year ago

Chuck, Your info in the editorial on campground closures in incorrect. Many states (Vermaint, PA, OR, and others) have closed all or some of the private campgrounds, or have restricted terms of usage. However, it should be noted that NY with the worst C-19 issue have maintained that the campgrounds are essential businesses. Go figure.

Ellen l
1 year ago
Reply to  Merl J Bell

Merl, some places are using those public campgrounds to house emergency personnel. Also, doesn’t it make sense to allow people in completely self-contained RVs to shelter in place without having to get back on the road, violating quarantining/shelter-in-place guidelines?

Steve flippo
1 year ago

Because his horse is named monday.

Ardy Mattox
1 year ago
Reply to  Steve flippo

bet you are right!

H.T. Pohlman
1 year ago

Governor Ralph “Black Face” Northam is typical of most politicians. They quickly make idiotic decisions but are slow to correct their mistakes which they rarely do. Northam is an *****!

Ellen l
1 year ago
Reply to  H.T. Pohlman

You’ll note that Andy’s article specifically says that it wasn’t Northam, though I agree he, along with many other governors, acted too hastily.

As Andy wrote: “ENTER THE HYSTERICAL POLITICIAN — no, not Governor Northam, although he deserves a measure of opprobrium for his role in this sorry mess. Rather, the problem arose with a Virginia delegate who reportedly heard from a friend that there were too many people crowding into the state’s campgrounds on the Eastern Shore. ”

So….blame the hysterical state delegate who didn’t even bother to check whether there were “too many people” in the campgrounds (many of which don’t even open for the season until May, BTW). And write your own state governor and representatives as well as Congressional reps to urge them to designate public RV sites essential services, so that those of us in our fully self-contained homes on wheels have some place to shelter in place that won’t bankrupt us. Escapees has details and very helpful information here:

https://www.escapees.com/coronavirus/

Remember, legislators are supposed to work for US. We elect them and pay them to listen to us. Let’s l et them know

Christine
1 year ago

That video is hilarious, and I did watch it several times! 😂😂😂

Unknown
1 year ago

States closing RV Parks are trying to keep everyone from traveling. As your friend said, he can have people stay for at least 2 weeks. A lot of States have a mandatory quarantine for anyone out of State. Everyone needs to sit still until this is over. I do not understand everyone getting mad over a mandatory 2 week stay. I have seen where the hotels are under the same rules.

askedsvp
1 year ago
Reply to  Unknown

‘ I do not understand ‘? that is your problem

askedsvp
1 year ago
Reply to  askedsvp

you forget the services provided.
also with the rest areas being closed there will be some who will start dumping black water into storm drains, streams etc.

larryc
1 year ago
Reply to  Unknown

14 days? its more like 2 months or more and it will probably be that way until the fuel prices go up. we are dealing with some major issues 1. being an unknown situation for which the best brains have not foreseen, 2. many are pushing all the environment climate silliness 3. no one has faith that rules for the day use of bath and shower areas at parks will be observed by overnight stays. but you can go fishing at the beach.

Ellen l
1 year ago
Reply to  larryc

larryc, could you clarify #2? I’m confused, what part does that play into letting people in RVs stay in public parks where they’re safer and at far less risk of being exposed/exposing others to the virus?

Gray
1 year ago

This whole CV-19 situation is like a bad 1980’s apocalypse movie, except I step outside the house and I’ve never seen or heard the streets so empty.

The state, county, and town anti-RV discrimination is no surprise. Not really. Nor are the apparent illogical closures. I’ve a long memory, and it’s pure human nature when faced with a poorly understood but deadly threat to lash out, to distrust, and to raise the barricades against any outside threat, including strangers. The Rule of FUD* will be with us for a long, long time.

(FUD=fear, uncertainty, doubt)

How long will this national nightmare last? Certainly more than weeks. Scan the commentary of the medical and epidemiological professionals. Those not locked in thrall to the national authority have said we will, on our present course, see a very slow decrease from peak case rates and deaths, and we’ll likely see a resurgence this fall when the virus surges back from the southern hemisphere. Estimates range from one year to three years before we have contained and eliminated the threat to a level where people can gather in groups to shop and work, without threat of infection. Or… until all of us have survived exposure and developed herd immunity. Seriously, it will take at least a year before a vaccine can be deployed nationwide. And then it must be deployed globally before anyone is truly safe. Unless we ground the flights and close the borders.

Until then, I expect no one will be allowed to travel domestically without a health authority issued pass certifying immunity and non-infection status, nor to work in a public or group setting without a similar work certification. Otherwise, travel across any border–state or national–will require a 14-day quarantine in a monitored location.

Yeh, a 1980s B-grade apocalypse movie. Except fleeing to the hills in the old motor home is no longer an option.

Tumbleweed
1 year ago
Reply to  Gray

Just as PLANNED, your scenario will be the globalists’ paradise. We need to fight it, not go along with it. If they achieve what you have outlined, the rules will NEVER be lifted. We’ll be living 1984.

Pixdal
1 year ago
Reply to  Gray

Just as the flu season is a season and returns each year, so this virus will do the same. The USA is in for months of shelter-in-place and travel restrictions because the virus has begun in highly populated areas and is moving from the coasts to the middle of the country–except as middle states had travelers who brought it in first. Nomads who depend upon public lands are finding closures–even for dispersed camping. These circumstances are not going to get better anytime soon. But it’s probably not in the general public’s morale interest to proclaim this.

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