RV Coronavirus News Update, March 24, 2020

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Please send your news about the coronavirus pandemic as it applies to RVers to editor@rvtravel or submit it here.

Thank you to all the RV Travel Readers who have sent us information, much of which we have included here. We have been working so fast that we have not had time to thank you all. So thank you! (You know who you are.)

Read yesterdays extensive news coverage of the coronavirus pandemic and how it’s affecting RVers.

Winnebago Industries Inc. announced Monday that it will temporarily suspend most production activities at the company’s Winnebago, Grand Design RV, Newmar Corp., and Chris-Craft (boating) facilities. More.

Thor Industries Inc. announced Monday that it will temporarily suspend all production of RVs in North America and in Europe because of the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement came on the heels of Winnebago Industries announcing the temporary stop of its RV production. More.

FMCA, the Family Motor Coach Association, has cancelled its planned 102nd International Convention and RV Expo, scheduled for August 26 to 29 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Earlier this month, the club cancelled its 101st annual rally scheduled for March 26 to 29 in Tucson, Arizona. More.


HOUSEHOLD & HAND SANITIZERS. If you’re concerned about keeping germs away, there are plenty of products here to do the job.


Skyline Champion has suspended operations at 18 of its plants to comply with orders in the states of California, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Kentucky and New York. In addition, Skyline Champion is closing its five Canadian manufacturing facilities. Among other products, it manufacturers park model RVs.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park has closed its campgrounds, picnic areas and restrooms through April 30.

Devils Garden Campground in Arches National Park is closed through April 18th. Late April reservations are subject to change as new guidance develops.

Canada is experiencing a significant increase in Covid-19 cases, especially in its largest provinces of Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia. Most recent data collected from each province indicates at least 2,000 cases with 23 deaths. On Monday alone, new cases spiked by nearly a third.

Delaware State Park campgrounds will close today and all campground reservations scheduled through May 15th will be cancelled. Full refunds will be issued for reservations scheduled during that time.

Hiking trails in Los Angeles County have been closed due to overcrowding.

Dry Tortugas National Park in the Florida Keys has closed the campground and the campground restroom on Garden Key until further notice.

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee issued a new order Monday night that requires residents to stay at home for the next two weeks except to purchase groceries or pick up medical supplies. In New Mexico, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham tweeted Monday that all New Mexicans are instructed to stay at home except for outings essential to health, safety and welfare. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has issued a new executive order that requires residents to stay home whenever possible. Nonessential businesses must also close immediately, including gyms, malls, spas, clubs and salons.

The latest in fashionable jewelry. You could wear these earrings to a party and impress everyone. But, too bad, parties are not allowed these days.

Goldman Sachs predicts a shocking 2.25 million Americans will have filed for their first week of unemployment benefits this week — the highest level on record. The hotel industry expects 44% of all U.S. hotel employees (about four million people) could lose their jobs as the coronavirus outbreak dries up demand.

Washington state’s Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area campgrounds and vault and flush restrooms will be closed until further notice.


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KOA has been forced to close some of its campgrounds. Here’s an updated list from Monday evening of locations that are closed.

The National Park Service (NPS) announced that campgrounds at Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area and Obed Wild & Scenic River in Tennessee will be closed effective Wednesday, March 25, at noon, through April 1. Reservations made through www.recreation.gov will be cancelled. The trails of both places will remain open.


TIP: From Bill Cantrell on our RV Coronavirus News Facebook Group: “Passing on an awesome tip — use biodegradable doggie poop bags at the pump and save the glove supply. No shortage of poop bags out there, despite what you might think when people don’t pick up after their dogs.”


Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has issued a stay-at-home order, which goes into effect just before midnight Tuesday and lasts until April 6. The order calls for all Indiana residents to stay home unless they’re doing an essential activity such as getting food or medical supplies. Like other states that have issued these orders, some workers deemed essential like grocery store and gas station employees and medical professionals are exempt from the order.

New York State has closed all campgrounds, cabins and cottages to overnight visitation through April 30. All visitors with reservations will be issued a full refund.

Pacific County (Washington) Health Officer Dr. Steven Krager has ordered the closure of all beach approaches and hospitality lodging businesses in the coastal county. The order applies to campgrounds and RV parks.


RVers welcomed:
From RV Travel reader Patricia Leeb – “The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in northern FL (in Live Oak, between Tallahassee and Jacksonville) is welcoming RVers. They have hundreds of sites ranging from 50-amp FHU to boondocking, all located in a beautiful natural setting. We were there for the RVillage Rally in February and it’s gorgeous.”

From reader Fred Fanning: “I have a farm in upstate NY near Lake Ontario. With the shelter in place rule I am wondering if someone would like to rent an RV spot for the summer. This is a farm, there will be no other people here.” (If interested, email editor@rvtravel.com and we will send you Fred’s contact info.)


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Kyle Petree
3 months ago

To add on to NM news – I submitted this yesterday via your website.

As part of the Governors orders, RV Parks are being treated like hotels and cannot be at over 50% occupancy. Medical personnel working on the front lines and staying at these facilities will not count towards the 50%.

See the top of Page 5.

https://cv.nmhealth.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/SignedPHO03-24-2019.pdf

Michelle Austin
3 months ago

VanLeigh Production closed manufacturing their VanLeigh, Beacon, and Pinecrest 5th wheels for two weeks.

The Nashville Corps of Engineers closed the Defeated Creek Campround until May 15th.

Nanci
3 months ago

Is there a master list of closures available?

Pat
3 months ago
Reply to  Nanci

Campendium.com is maintaining an extensive list

Gary L Bloomfield
3 months ago

Hats off to KOA. It seems they have a nationwide refund policy minus a $10 fee during the Covid-19 event. On the other hand we had reservations for two campgrounds in Florida next month that looks like they’ll stick to their no refund policies. I have a 75 year young wife with an artificial heart valve. We WANT to go to these campgrounds but know we SHOULD’NT. This is the only time of the year I can take our vacation. It seems that there should be some compassion during this crisis. I understand that empty campgrounds will not make any money but a little honor and integrity goes a long way.
We’ll wait for a couple of weeks to see what happens before we get on the required websites to leave reviews.

Ron
3 months ago

It’s my understanding that KOA is waiving the $10 fee. https://koa.com/contact-us/faqs/1/111/

Bob Godfrey
3 months ago

It might be beneficial to name those campgrounds that will not issue refunds. They don’t need our business in the future.