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Keira Bianchi
4 months ago

Being a full time RVer, I can sit outside by the campfire and toast marshmallows anytime I want. The family in the site next door, vacationing from Montana, is doing the same. Seems pretty normal to me!

Keira Bianchi
4 months ago

Curious thing, I have 6 friends who took the recently available Corona Virus antibody test. They all had the antibodies. This means that all of them had COVID-19 at some time. 3 of them said they had what they called “the Flu” in January or February. The other 3 did not remember being sick.
You can now get the antibody test, even without a doctors order. Just make an appointment with LabCorp or Quest Labs to get the test. Cost is about $125.

Billy Bob Thornton
4 months ago

UPDATE to previous post; Dateline New York, today Sunday May 10th. After ordering Wuhan flu test positive patients back into nursing homes to contaminate the rest of the residents, seems the Governor figured out after thousands died, to stop the process. Now, patients leaving the hospital must test negative before they can go to the nursing home.

I wish this whole scenario wasn’t made up, but it’s ALL true. How can one state, be this incompetent. Who do the loved ones see for justice on this one. Searching the main stream media for accurate reporting to make the wrong, so wrong a right. But, nothing yet reported.

john stahl
4 months ago

I think your editorial is correct but I hope you are wrong.

Sam
4 months ago

Chuck I believe life is all about your attitude I don’t look at the glass half empty I look at the glass half full. Your comments about things will not be the same again is negative it doesn’t help anyone. I know we don’t have a vaccine for the common cold but we do have a vaccine each year for the flu. I’m positive with all the smart people in American and scientist they will come up with vaccination.
Thanks,
Sam

John
4 months ago

I am just upset, sad and disgusted, because I think most of the actions taken in response to the virus were Over-Reactions that have usurped our Constitutional Freedoms and Rights. I am afraid the reasons behind that have a lot less to do with the virus and more to do with permanently dismantling the USA, as we have known it our whole lives. We will be very lucky if we can get back to how things were.

TPalmer
4 months ago
Reply to  John

You should read up on what was done during the Spanish Flu. People were being quarantined etc. Once it was over nobody lost their “Constitutional Freedoms and Rights”. Lives of fellow Americans were saved.

Jeff
4 months ago
Reply to  TPalmer

Tpalmer,
How do we know if our rights are coming back. We are under martial law. The government won’t tell you that. The government used the words shelter in place. If the government told everyone we’re under martial law there would have been a revolt in this country.

Snayte
4 months ago
Reply to  Jeff

Because we the people are our government. We have the ability through voting to make change. If the people we have put in power try to make shelter in place permanent then we can vote for leaders that will fix that.

It amazes me that people think that our federal, state, and local leaders saw the virus coming and collectively said “Great now is our chance to remove the rights of the people.”

Billy Bob Thornton
4 months ago
Reply to  Snayte

Oh boy Snayte…give that man a ceeeegar.. There is, and has been a new Sheriff in town, and his name isn’t Reggie Hammond!

With enough ground swell support, this nation will rise again. Look out those who don’t believe, for the believers will rise and make this great nation proper.

Drew
4 months ago

I’m optimistic things will return to the way they were. I don’t like the words “new normal”. I think we rv’ers love our life style so much that it’s worth preserving and fighting for if need be.

Gene
4 months ago

I don’t know… I’m sitting at an open commercial campground now we just pulled into with no reservations. There are no restrictions, folks are happy, if shaking hands less. I don’t think it’s the end of RVing as we know it. It’s a temporary setback, and it will hurt some, but not all businesses. Perhaps we’re just blessed with low rates here in Alaska, but we can see signs of life as the sun returns.

Jeff
4 months ago

I wonder if professional sports will come back. I can’t find the link right now but the Canadian football league was looking at cancelling the 2020 season. The link also said that if the league cancelled the 2020 season that the 2021 season they may not be around.
What about concerts put on by country music artists? Will those comeback?

Billy Bob Thornton
4 months ago
Reply to  Jeff

There still around!. Sorry, I just had to jump on that one.

Tim Gaskins
4 months ago

You newsletter is quite informative. Unfortunately , the navigation is infuriating. I click on a link only to be taken to page with multiple articles and then I have to scan through that page to find the article I wanted. Then there is another link there to take me to the article. Why won’t you have the link take you to the article directly. It would also be nice if the link opens a new tab in the browser, instead of taking you away from the original page.

When you ask for me pay a subscription fee, It is not that am unwilling, it sometimes I spend so much time trying to find the information, that I don’t think it is worth my time to even read it at all.

Thanks in advance,

Tim

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Kim Christiansen (@imkimc)
4 months ago
Reply to  Tim Gaskins

Hi Tim,

Thanks for bringing this up, we always like to hear from our readers whether they like or dislike a feature on our site. We know you’re not the only person who feels this way so I thought I’d make sure we explain ourselves a little bit and hopefully, help you understand why we made this change.

We’re navigating through one of the largest changes in how people view RVtravel.com we’ve ever seen. Over the past year is that we’ve gone from about an even split between desktop and mobile devices to almost 70% mobile. We need to treat our mobile users better than we have been.

Taking that into account, and that the entire web design industry all say “don’t use tabs for links on your own site”, we decided to make this change to how our links open on our site.

Here’s why: Readers on mobile often have many, many tabs open in their browsers. These tabs are running in the background and can affect the speed and battery life of the mobile device. So it’s not a good practice for us to open our links in tabs because it affects our mobile readers in a negative way.

In addition, we don’t have unlimited resources to run our website. We have to stay inside certain limits or our costs balloon. When you have many tabs open to our site, each one of those tabs is taking a little slice of our computing power. Add thousands and thousands of visitors we get and those little slices start adding up to serious horsepower. (Literally, we can convert CPU cycles to watts to HP, but I digress.)

So we made a choice to open links to other parts of our website in the same tab. Links that leave RVtravel.com will still be opened in new tabs. I hope that makes sense as to why we did this.

But here is some good news! You don’t have to open our links in the same tab. You’ve always had the ability to open links in a new tab, regardless of what the link says or not. To open links in a new tab, right click on a link (on laptop track pads and mobile devices that is a “two-finger” click) and a little menu pops up. In there is the option to “open link in a new tab.” So you can go right on experiencing RVtravel.com the way you prefer.

Finally, your comment about how we link to our newsletter and how you branch out from there is taken to heart. We’ve had many a conversation on the best way to present the information in the newsletter and we’ve yet to come up with an ideal solution.

The email you receive from us is primarily a notification that we’ve posted a new newsletter or relevant post on our website (such as RV recalls). There is some advertising included in that email for our non-member readers but for our members, there are no ads in these email reminders.

From there you’re taken to our Newsletter page and this is our collection of stories written for you to read. Not every article will appeal to every reader and if you look at the volume of articles on each weekly and Sunday newsletter – to put that all on one page would be enormous. Also, if you wanted to find that information later on, there would be no way to search for it on our site. So we break these articles up into sections, just like a regular newspaper would. Imagine if your Sunday paper were on a scroll and you wanted the sports scores for the Big Ten football teams. You’d have to scroll and scroll and, well, you get the idea.

It isn’t perfect, and if we could think of a better way to present the information we would. And we will keep working on it. I guarantee that Chuck isn’t the type to let moss grow on the tops of his tires! He’s always after us to think about “What can we do better!”

So we’ll take your comments to heart and see if we can find a better way to highlight this week’s stories. I hope the rest of what I’ve said here makes sense to you and that you can understand why we’ve made these changes. And please do right click on our links and open them in tabs if that’s your preference.

If you have any technical difficulties with any of the above or anything else on RVtravel.com, you can email me at it@rvtravel.com

Thanks,
Kim Christiansen
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Tim Gaskins
4 months ago

Kim,

I understand about tabs, You reason not using tabs is valid. I view your newsletter on a desktop and can open the article in a new tab I want to. My biggest issue the link doesn’t go directly to the article. It goes another page with multiple articles, which I then have to scan trough to find the article I want.

Thanks,

Tim

TPalmer
4 months ago
Reply to  Tim Gaskins

I don’t have that problem. I view this site on a desktop.

Kathy Weyant
4 months ago

Wow, your opening article certainly was gloom and doom!! You might be suffering from social isolation in a small space and watching/reading too much news! No marshmallows over a campfire??! Really?!! I live in PA and am still in a county with stay at home orders. Everyone is tired of govt telling us what we can and can’t do! I’m 65 so i will wear a mask and follow guidlines, but plan to start camping soon and living life!! Most of my family and friends feel the same way. We are adults and Americans! Protect the sick and those that need to stay home but let the rest of us live!! Hope you are more positive next month!! Kathy W.

Gordon Hampton
4 months ago

RVing and camping is all about Personal Liberty and Freedom. Coronavirus has been used to create the panic and fear necessary for government officials to take away our Freedom – IF WE LET THEM. I don’t disagree with Chuck’s assessment of RVing in general. It has and will continue to change, the the war has just begun to fight for our Constitutional and God-given freedoms. We have seen the Governor of Utah and the Southeast Utah Health Department trying to shut down Federal Bureau of Land Management Land to everyone EXCEPT locals! Not only is this action illegal because of their lack of jurisdictional authority, but it makes NO SENSE from a medical standpoint. What better way to Social Distance than to Boondock?!?! The reason I bring all of this up is that these same tyrants will surface over and over every time THEY identify a “Public Health” risk or emergency. Speak up! Write Letters! Make phone calls! Contact Attorney General Barr’s office with complaints!

John snell
4 months ago

For those that want to end trade or “cut the cord with China” should consider the complexity of setting up supply chains for multinationals. It takes years. Why break with China? Because you don’ t like the virus? The 1918 flu epidemic was started in the state of Kansas. Was there an outpouring of disgust?. If your talking about freeing ourselves of drugs developed in China it’s a false choice. We get drugs all over the globe. The one thing that it will create by not buying from China is less quantity and higher prices.

rondo
4 months ago
Reply to  John snell

not buying from China less quality. It is not the flu BUT the QUALITY of the products China puts out IT IS CRAP!

TPalmer
4 months ago
Reply to  rondo

The Chinese make the “crap” products because that is specs that the corporations tell them to make it too. Blame the corporations for being cheap.

Monty
4 months ago
Reply to  John snell

I think it’s more important to BE American than to BUY American. BEING American means exercising the liberty of choice in purchasing goods and services.

Billy Bob Thornton
4 months ago
Reply to  John snell

Not really. Dateline Sunday, May 10th. Apple announced it will move immediately 20% of production to India. It’s happening. More will move to punish China, as the covers are pulled back on just how deceitful they were and continue to be, regarding the Wuhan flu.

Vietnam, India and the likes will be the next third world supplier for global cheap stuff.

David Hagen
4 months ago

Perhaps the only good thing to come out of this Corona Virus troubles is that it may be easier to find an empty campsite when things open up. And that better be soon, ’cause I am fed up with this lock-down.

IgnoranceKilledGramma
4 months ago

Re: the lead editorial — The pandemic has only run this long because of incompetence and fearmongering by the government. Other countries “took their lumps” and are going back to work, including the Red Menace, while we are self-paralyzed. We HAVE a working treatment, but refuse to employ it because we’re waiting for the “lump-free” miracle vaccine which is not coming soon enough to prevent MUCH WORSE damages to society. Currently, 1 million people will die “deaths of despair” caused by shutdown-induced poverty, unemployment, domestic abuse, and suicides. Quarantine is far more deadly without the virus.

To be clear, I am NOT callously saying we let X people die so the rest of us can go camping — I’m saying we knowingly manage the infection. Super-high-risk folks stay quarantined for a couple weeks to months as they have, but everyone else goes about their business and intentionally catches the virus in phases. We DO know how to lessen the infection (vitamin C and zinc) and we DO know how to kill an infection (azithromycin). After about 6 weeks and two “phases” the ENTIRE public population develops immunity to protect the fragile and this is DONE for good, as it already is in many other countries, and with the MINIMUM number of deaths.

We know how to get past this, but we’re too afraid to manage this. WE are harming ourselves more than the virus can.

Dale
4 months ago

I agree with everything you said except ‘fear mongering by the government’. The truth is it’s “FEAR MONGERING BY THE MEDIA”, Our media no long reports…it leads us to believe what they want us to believe.
At a recent convention the keynote speaker asked us if we were depressed,if we were, turn off the news media. That’s the cure.

IgnoranceKilledGramma
4 months ago
Reply to  Dale

I’d have to agree with your correction, except both play a role. Government has a duty to encourage truthful information, but they too are bending the story to usurp more powers. The media is completely out of control factually — I’ve lived through many major news events in the last 20 years at ground zero, and PERSONALLY know much of the mainstream news is not actually, factually, true because I was THERE.

Speaking only of THIS week, just in my own circle, many friends post THEIR life as they participate in protest marches and Facebook keeps removing their posts to make it look like the protesters are rarities instead of almost EVERYONE outside NYC. Pictures of my friends on the Capital steps are not “made up” as Facebook keeps saying — media is literally erasing protests from the public view!

I’m privvy to the international cutting edge fight against C19, and there is good knowledge of how it works and there ARE huge advances in treatment… but MSN et al continue with the narrative of “there’s nothing to be done; stay inside and beg for handouts!” It’s sickening (medically and psychologically) and it’s scary as hell for those who see “the new normal” as a thin euphemism for Statism. America is dying and we’re putting a stupid porous bandana on her…

Billy Bob Thornton
4 months ago

Wait, your saying the MSM isn’t reporting the truth. How come when I scanned the networks, the daily briefing from the Whitehouse task force on the Wuhan flu were no longer being broadcast. I checked ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, and NOTHING. Those were informative, i just dont understand why game shows on some networks took there place. Call me befuddled.

How am I to find the information (live) so I can use it to protect me and my family?

Ed D..
4 months ago

Watch Fox News. They broadcast these cringe-worthy briefs, ad nauseum.

Billy Bob Thornton
4 months ago
Reply to  Ed D..

ED, I can’t, my wife left me, the dog ran away, and I cut the cord. Sounds like a country song in the making, doesn’t it.

Thanks for the update though, at least some network is doing the public good.

Travis
4 months ago

Could not have said it better myself. We will never build up any immunity if healthy people do not get out and about. I am under the 60 age group and use my RV for family vacations. And as long as the campgrounds are open I am going camping virus or no virus. As of now my memorial day weekend trip is still going to happen as the campground is open. I live in PA and our Governor is destroying the state’s small business’s. But hey the big box stores are doing record numbers. But I agree if you are in the higher risk category you should maybe stay home longer. But as US citizens we have that right to make that decision for our selves not made for us by over reaching governors.

IgnoranceKilledGramma
4 months ago
Reply to  Travis

Somewhere along the line, people forgot that “flattening the curve” ***REQUIRES*** allowing infection in those who are less at risk and developing immunity over time, NOT futility trying to stop infection.

My reservations in PA were auto-cancelled — maybe it’s because I have to cross state lines to get there? Interesting. But, I’d still wager PA isn’t anything like what’s going on here in NY… this is really getting scary for totally non-C19 reasons.

As for KimC below, I’ll answer: Azithomycin is primarily an antibiotic (anti-bacteria) but absolutely DOES have anti-viral effects as well. It’s commonly prescribed for the flu VIRUS and the cold VIRUS and VIRAL pneumonia. Also, taking down the bacterial load assists with “general” immune system function by reducing the “enemies” needing to be fought concurrently. The final word there remains that azithromycin is already a well-proven treatment in those I know who HAD C19 — clear as could be improvement — from “death bed” level wheezing to “normal cold” level sick — within 12-36 hours of first dose.

Kim S
4 months ago

You do realize that azithromycin is an anti-bacterial (antibiotic) medication, don’t you? Antibiotics have no affect on viruses. Vitamin C & zinc may make a negligible difference but not enough to kill the virus, or prevent disease.

IgnoranceKilledGramma
4 months ago
Reply to  Kim S

Forgot to answer your Vitamin C comment… Vitamin C metabolizes into hydrogen peroxide in the bloodstream (yeah, sounds scary, relax…). As you probably know, peroxide kills susceptible cells and destroys virii just by chemical means. In theory, a TINY amount of your own good cells can be harmed by this too, but “exposed” and more susceptible virii and even many cancer cells can’t respond as resiliently as your cells can, so the net effect is WAY positive. Recall that soap is actually mildly caustic to your skin, but we sure advise using it for much the same reasons as Vitamin C.

Gary Reed
4 months ago

Today’s brain teaser answer is the letter “S”.

Crowman
4 months ago

Boycott CHINA.

Patrick Granahan
4 months ago

We must stop all future trade with China.
Our politicians must work with all free nations to end China trade.
Our intelligence community has determined the facts as to China’s
Global Domination objectives….time now to “cut the cord” and end
All trade with China.
China is not our business partner…they are the enemy.

Billy Bob Thornton
4 months ago

Day late and some Yuen short. I think the powers to be will realign with other third world countries, like Vietnam, India. But it should be a government directive, after assessment, to bring back manufacturing of certain items, found to be mission critical after this go around with the Wuhan flu.

Matt Johnson
4 months ago

With thousand trails canceling my reservations for the next several months, not including the past couple of months, and not refunding my payments, yes I would say at least the way I do camping will change.

Dale
4 months ago
Reply to  Matt Johnson

Matt, come to Aspen Grove rv park in Tremonton Utah. Utah is open and this park is new and beautiful, but nearly empty. They are following guidelines and spacing units in everyother space. Spaces are concrete pads and patios wiith lawn between sites. The young couple who built this park are teetering on disaster with this economy. We are supporting them and ask you to support them too.

Linda
4 months ago

The Smithsonian channel has a series called “America in Color.” One of the episodes is about the ‘Spanish’ flu. Based on events of the time (WW I) and lifestyles, that may be why the young were more likely to be infected and die. The researchers determined that the disease began with a soldier (a cook) in Kansas at a training base. Tens of thousands of young men were called up and moved around for training and deployment to Europe as the war raged. Often in close quarters with minimal hygiene coupled with a lack of modern medicines, it is no wonder there were so many lives lost. It was a very interesting show. I encourage everyone to try to find it.

Linda
4 months ago
Reply to  Linda

I may have the name of the series wrong…could be “America’s Hidden Stories.”

Jimbo
4 months ago
Reply to  Linda

They have still not determined where the virus originated. Some say China. The first “known case” was a soldier in KS. That does not mean it originated here.
Interesting fact: Aspirin was Prescribed, since little else was available, at doses up to 30 grams a day causing quite a few deaths itself. Today 4 grams is considered unsafe.

https://www.history.com/topics/world-war-i/1918-flu-pandemic
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_flu#China

Excellent series BTW.

John Snell
4 months ago
Reply to  Linda

Also a good article in bloomberg.com on the similarities of Covid-19 and the flu.. interesting read.