RV Coronavirus News Update, April 14, 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 yesterday extensive news coverage of the coronavirus pandemic and how it’s affecting RVers.

ATTENTION READERS
The news about the coronavirus/COVID-19 has slowed. Few RVers are moving about now, and most national parks, state parks and public campgrounds are temporarily closed. So there’s little need for us to spend a lot of time producing this daily news update when there are other important matters to attend to. We’ll continue our weekly coronavirus report on Sundays, and when important breaking news occurs we’ll report it right in that day’s newsletter, whether it’s RV Travel or RV Daily Tips. 


Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) has announced it is now working with a new Facebook-based organization called RVs4MDs that matches medical personnel who need lodging with donated RVs during the coronavirus outbreak. Many KOAs with available sites are offering free RV sites for doctors, nurses and other medical personnel.

The Linn County (Iowa) Fair Association has opened its fairgrounds to essential healthcare workers or peace officers in the area. Spaces are $10 a day and are available for RVs or tents and include water and electricity. Visitors are not permitted.


SAVE A TRIP TO THE STORE!
Let Amazon deliver it:
 ToothpasteShampooHair conditionerDeodorantLipstickVitaminsShaving creamLaundry detergentSkin creamHand soapDish detergent Fingernail brush (get rid of germs) •. CoffeeBatteries for your devices • Pet food


Burning Man, an annual gathering of free spirits, artists and social non-conformists, has been called off due to the coronavirus. The week-long event attracts close to 80,000 people to the remote Black Rock desert in northern Nevada. Increasingly, those who attend come in RVs, making it one of the largest annual gatherings of recreational vehicles in the U.S. This year’s event was scheduled from August 30 to September 7.

South Dakota’s Watertown Park and Recreation Interim Superintendent Terry Kelly says the Stokes-Thomas City Park campground will open as scheduled on May 1. Only self-contained vehicles will be allowed, and no tent camping.

IN CASE YOU MISSED OUR FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT: The Escapees RV Club 60th Annual Escapade scheduled for June 21 to 26 in Rock Springs, Wyoming, is officially canceled. The event would have brought more than 1,600 travelers and 800 RVs from all over the United States and Canada to the area.

RV PARKS OPEN FOR BUSINESS:
These parks are open for business for self-isolating and have asked that we spread the word.

Big Chief RV Resort, Burnet, Texas
Walnut Hills Campground and RV Park, Staunton, Virginia
Oakwood RV Resort, Fredericksburg, TX

Own a park you’d like listed here? Send the park name, web address and city and we’ll include it here. Send to editor@rvtravel.com. No charge.


HOW TO WASH YOUR HANDS
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this short video shows you the most effective way to wash your hands to get rid of germs. 


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New Facebook Group:  How the coronavirus is impacting RVers. Get updates throughout the day about park and campground closings, cancelled rallies and RV shows — and more. Join in the conversation with other RVers about what’s on all our minds right now.

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KellyR
2 months ago

I’m surprised that you could keep the virus update portion of this news letter going as long as you have – (campground closings). Day after day I was thinking, “how many more RV sites can they report on tomorrow? and then again tomorrow? This brought me to thinking, “if there are this many camp grounds closing there must be MANY more out there than anyone knew about.” It makes me think that there are enough sites to go around but that they just don’t happen to be where WE want them, when we want them.

John R Crawford
2 months ago

Thank you for the great job rvtravel staff has done, keeping us up-to-date with the effect that the Coronavirus is having on the RV community. As a full time RVer your information has been invaluable and the information about the slow return to normal will be just as important.

Sharon B
2 months ago

A friend of mine sent me a YouTube channel segment for the Van Dwellers group. It had many separate interviews from various members who are stuck in other countries that are in a total lock down. It was very interesting with one couple who travelled to Argentina who actually had a life threatening experience by some of the people. It showed the fear and how serious some other countries are dealing with the covid-19.
It’s scary when you’re stuck and can’t come home from a foreign land with a different language. No banks to get money for food, unsure of their tomorrow, and in a totally foreign country in a serious situation.
I am so glad I am home in my comfortable house, but as I look out in my back yard and see my lonely travel trailer I just can’t wait to get out there in the wild again. I think I will set up dinner in my camper tonight. My dog will be happy too. Can’t forget the wine!