Friday, December 8, 2023


Readers tell us: If asked to self-isolate, will it be in a traditional home or RV?

By Emily Woodbury

We asked you this question a few weekends ago (Saturday, March 21, to be exact), so there is probably a good chance you are already self-quarantining or self-isolating. Wild times, huh? Anyway, we wanted to know if you were asked to self-isolate, would you do so in a traditional home, or would you stay in an RV?

Here are the results: 54 percent of you would self-quarantine in a traditional home (like a house, condo or apartment), 25 percent of you would do so in an RV, and 20 percent of you would stay in a combination of both. A tiny 1 percent of you (at the time of writing this, 28 votes) answered “other.”

Reader Steve C. is one voter who answered “Other.” Steve commented, “I’m now on a beautiful tropical Caribbean island in Panama while my truck camper is in storage back in California. I’m a retired full-time traveler that spends half the year outside the US. I’m hunkered down in a small hotel, in a small village, in a room with four times the square footage as my camper. I’ve got a kitchen and stores nearby that are fully stocked with most everything of the stores back home. No shortage of TP here! Hahaha.

“There’s a brand new hospital within a mile of where I live. My landlady is a nurse and she reports to me every day of any changes in Positive tests, of which there are none. Sure, the country has closed down all inbound and outbound flights, but I feel safer here than if I was back in the US. I plan to stay here as long as it takes. In fact, it’s cheaper to live here than traveling around back in the states. There have been no reported cases of the virus within over a hundred miles of here.

“Of all you that complain of the crowded RV parks, why not help out the situation by putting your RVs into storage and see the world. I’m in paradise with no worries.” Steve, sounds great. Stay healthy, my friend!

Quite a few of you commented that you’ll be in your sticks-and-bricks home, but use your RV if you or a family member need to self-isolate.

Below is a photo of the view from my apartment balcony, where, on sunny days, I write and work most of the time. While I don’t have a backyard (sigh), these beautiful 200 acres, filled with croaking tree frogs, howling coyotes, singing red-winged blackbirds and a pair of nest-building bald eagles, I find peace and solitude. I am happy to be self-quarantining here.

Wherever you are, I hope you’re staying sane and safe. See you back here on Friday, where we’ll learn more about you together.

Emily Woodbury
Emily Woodbury
Emily Woodbury is the editor here at She was lucky enough to grow up alongside two traveling parents, one domestically by RV (yep, Chuck Woodbury) and the other for international adventures, and has been lucky to see a great deal of our world (and counting!). She lives near Seattle with her dog and chickens. When she's not cranking out 700+ newsletters for she's hiking, cooking or, well, probably traveling.



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Roger (@guest_73223)
3 years ago

Confirmed part-timer here. We’re usually travelling 6-8 months/year but we will never, ever be without a fully functioning sticks & bricks home base – stocked with everything we need for at least a month long emergency. This has confirmed that decision a thousand times over with an added appreciation for our long term relationships with excellent local medical providers.

Donald N Wright (@guest_72716)
3 years ago

We discussed this situation at an Aliner Rally, we would rather be home in DFW with Medical care, friends and family, infrastructure, logistics, and supplies than in a small town somewhere beautiful with one exhausted Physician.

Steve C (@guest_72732)
3 years ago

Donald, I don’t know where DFW is, but if it’s in the US, I suspect and still contend that I’m in a much safer place than you. The newly built/opened high tech hospital near me is staffed with more than one highly trained physician and they are certainly not “exhausted”. As for being close to your friends and family, I am as close to them as you are if you are truly isolating yourself. I just spent an hour on WhatsApp video with both my granddaughter and best friend last night.

Also, the infrastructure, logistics, and supplies are just as good as my hometown back in California and maybe even better with all the shortages you are experiencing in your stores. As I am a disabled Vietnam Vet with the VA as my primary caregiver, the only thing I miss down here are the free meds. Notwithstanding, all the prescriptions I require are easily available here.

I realize my lifestyle is not for everyone but please make your judgments on factual evidence and not “fake news”. I am safe right here and I certainly hope the same for you and yours, wherever you are.

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