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Full Time RV and the Coronavirus

Do you full-time RV? Are you trying to navigate life during the coronavirus outbreak? Are you trying to figure out if you should cancel travel plans? It has been such a confusing time for everyone. So let’s dig in a little bit.


Full Time RV and Coronavirus

Thank you to everyone who has emailed, texted, posted, and commented asking how we are doing. We appreciate you thinking of us during this time. We are doing well and we hope you are also healthy.

Many people have asked us what are we doing during the outbreak. We are sitting still, waiting it out and practicing social distancing while avoiding public spaces as much as possible and finding things to do in and around the RV. We hope you are also practicing social distancing and avoiding the public as much as possible.


Nurse Practitioners Take on COVID19

As a nurse practitioner, I see things from the medical perspective. I prefer facts and science. I have a hard time seeing so many false statements about the coronavirus spinning around the internet. These are just a few false statements I have read.

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  • The virus was spread in the US because scientists brought it here to test and it ‘got out.’
  • It is just the flu.
  • It is not more dangerous than the flu.
  • Only the elderly are at risk.
  • 20 somethings can’t get sick.
  • It spread in Italy because they have socialized medicine.
  • It spread in Italy because they don’t live in sanitary conditions.
  • Once the new flu shot comes out we will all be fine.
  • The media is making a big deal about nothing.
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Centers for Disease Control

Just the Facts, Ma’am

There is so much false information out in cyberland. Get your information from the experts. The best places to learn about the coronavirus is the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). When reading about the coronavirus always check your source and make sure it is credible.

You can learn a lot on the CDC and WHO websites. These organizations detail everything about the virus including how it spreads and how to protect yourself and your family. They also post worldwide updates frequently. The WHO and the CDC are the trusted sources for all things corona!

Trust but verify everything including what you are reading right here! I have embedded many free handouts and videos from the CDC and the WHO.

World Health Organization

Why Campgrounds Closed

I have been reading all over the internet how ‘stupid’ it is to close campgrounds due to corona. Yes, I get it. You can be in a campground and self-isolate. Many people stayed to themselves at campsites long before the virus. But look at it from another angle. 

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The problem comes when people carry the virus from one location to another without realizing they are carriers. This puts communities without an outbreak at risk.

Your risk will increase when you leave a community without an outbreak and travel into a community with an outbreak. You may not be aware of the outbreak status of the location in which you are traveling.

Every time you stop, the risk of contraction increases to you, your traveling companions and the people at the location in which you are traveling. Touching the gas pump, buying a snack in the store, stopping at a rest stop will all increase the risk of contracting the virus. It also increases the likelihood you will spread the virus. 

Another problem is the facilities at the campground can spread the virus. Many RVers are not self-contained and need to utilize the bathroom, showers, and laundry facility. This creates a risk for the campground to unknowingly spread the virus.

The Coronavirus can live for hours to days on surfaces. According to the National Institutes for Health March 17th News Release coronavirus “was detectable in aerosols for up to three hours, up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel.”

World Health Organization

Open Campgrounds

Rootless Living has a list of long term open campgrounds. You can find it here: State-by-State Extended Stay RV Park Resource for Displaced Full-time RVers during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Thank you Gary Hirsch for sharing the link in the comments of our YT video.

RVillage also has a long list of open campgrounds for anyone who is displaced. You can find it here: RVillage List of Open Parks

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Coronavirus Campground Closings

The majority of the closings are national parks, state campgrounds, military campgrounds and the Corps of Engineer campgrounds. I know it has been difficult. Many people have had to scramble to figure out where to go after being kicked out of campgrounds and after their reservations were canceled. The good thing is most private campgrounds are not closing. You can still find a spot but it might take a little more effort to do so.

Here are a few links that list campground closings


Traveling during the Coronavirus Outbreak

Many RVers are hearing from other RVers and Youtubers that it is ok to travel because you live in your RV, and you plan to self isolate when you get to your next location. I think the best idea is to find a place to sit for a while and allow the virus to slow down and plateau. Especially, if you are in one of the high-risk categories. The last thing I want is for you to become sick with this untreatable virus. I want nothing but your continued health and happiness.

There may be times that you have to travel such as displacement due to closing campgrounds, canceled reservations, to get back to your sticks and bricks or because you found a long term site to hunker down. If you do need to travel here are a few tips to help prevent you from taking the virus with you.

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  • Clean your hands before you get back in your rig with some type of disinfectant.
  • Do not touch your door handle before cleaning your hands. You do not want to put the virus on your door, steering wheel, keys, etc.
  • If possible only one person should exit the rig to conduct business. The less who come in contact with others and objects the less opportunity to spread the virus.
  • If you stop at a public bathroom wash your hands before leaving the bathroom and disinfect before getting into your vehicle.
  • Wash your hands before you touch food, before you eat, every time you enter your RV, and after every public encounter.
  • Avoid eating with your hands use a fork for everything including fries.
  • Follow all CDC and WHO guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus.

I know many of these tips may seem like overkill but the extra time you take to wash up and disinfect may make all the difference.

Stay Home

The medical community is begging everyone to stay home. Here is why


Full Time RVer & Pulmonologist shares how RVers can stay safe from the Coronavirus Outbreak.

Beyond the Wheel’s latest podcast is OUTSTANDING!! If you have questions about the Coronavirus I highly recommend taking a listen to Dr. Campbell. She compares Coronavirus to the flu to explain how they are different and why the Coronavirus is much more of a concern. She also talks about how to stay safe during the outbreak and so much more.

Oh, and be sure to check her out her RV travels on Moving Forward Adventures. You can find her on Instagram and Youtube with her husband Kenny.

Be sure to check out other podcasts from Beyond the Wheel to learn about all things RV!!


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What the CDC wants you to consider before traveling

  • Is COVID-19 spreading in the area where you’re going?
  • Will you or your travel companion(s) be in close contact with others during your trip?
  • Are you or your travel companion(s) more likely to get severe illness if you get COVID-19?
  • Do you have a plan for taking time off from work or school, in case you are told to stay home for 14 days for self-monitoring or if you get sick with COVID-19?
  • Do you live with someone who is older or has a serious, chronic medical condition?
  • Is COVID-19 spreading where I live when I return from travel?

More information about all of these questions can be found on CDCs travel page.


Flatten the Curve of Coronavirus

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Centers for Disease Control

I know you have been hearing ‘flatten the curve’ for weeks. What does it mean? Why is it important? Flatten the curve simply means to decrease the number of people who contract the disease at the same time. This will decrease the influx of people that will need hospitalization. Which is the biggest problem with the number of people contracting the disease. There is not enough hospital beds, not enough nurses, and not enough doctors to care for the sick.

The early estimates show that a fifth to a third of those between the ages of 45 and 65 who contract the disease are hospitalized. Among those over 75 years old, hospitalization estimates range from 30 percent to more than 70 percent.

CDC COVID-19 Response Team, Outcomes Among Patients with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) — United States, February 12–March 16, 2020

Let’s play with numbers for just a minute.

San Antonio has a population of 1.4 million people. If only 1/4th of the population contracts the virus that would be 350,000 sick people. If only 20 percent need to be hospitalized then 70,000 people would need to be hospitalized. This is why it is so very important to slow the spread of the disease and to ‘flatten the curve.’


Social Distancing

Wondering how closing schools, staying home from work, no dining in restaurants, and social distancing will help flatten the curve? Here is an excellent example.

The Spinoff

To see this graph in action head over to The SpinOff Covid19 video.


Cabin Fever

Are you worried about cabin fever? Are you getting stir crazy? Is your husband driving you nuts? There are activities you can do that are safe. Just remember to adhere to your local orders such as ‘stay home’ or ‘shelter in place.’

Go for a hike, bike ride, fishing or run. All of these activities are completely safe as long as you are distanced from others. I would not advise entering a welcome center but a trail absolutely! So hit those trails!

Exercise can be a big help during this difficult time. It will ease stress and release happy hormones. It will also help to prevent depression and ease cabin fever. Besides after a good walk, your husband may not get on your nerves nearly as much! 🙂


Coronavirus Updates

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Johns Hopkins University & Medicine

Johns Hopkins University has the best website I have found with live updates on the coronavirus. They update several times throughout the day. One of the main things I am watching is the total recovered. When the total recovered starts to come close to the number of confirmed then we know we are out of the woods.



Blog Updates

I will continue to update the blog with new links as I find them. If you found a link that may help others please put it in the comments. I will add them to the post.

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Our Wish

We pray you and your family remain healthy. We are wishing for a quick end to this outbreak and the ability to return back to our life before this terrible new virus. But we know this too shall pass. One day we will be telling our kids about the time when…..

Blessings and virtual hugs to you all, Stacy


Author: Stacy, You, Me & the RV, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED 2020.

42 Comments

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    Bill Osborn

    Just wanted to let you two know how much I appreciate this information! Thank you for the time you put into pulling all of this together and for advocating for folks to stay put!

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      Charles Walker

      Just watched your video where your Jeep battery died. I apologize if you’ve already been given some direction about this but here’s my two cents. You may have been towing for several days without disconnecting and driving your Jeep. The battery is not being charged while towing and every time you hit the brakes in your coach the tow brake in the Jeep gets activated. Every single time. The tow brake module is powered by the Jeep battery. I am an expert on this because it just happened to me a couple of days ago. It is true that your battery was “bad”, but that was probably due to this constant drain, not that it was just bad. My practice now will be to start my Wrangler each day and charge the battery whether I’m going to drive anywhere or not.

      Project Farm on YouTube has a really good comparison on small, relatively inexpensive, battery boosters.

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    Gardner Bilodeau

    Stuck between a rock and a hard place. I’m considered an essential worker we transport petroleum products all of the East Coast in the Gulf of Mexico with TUG and barges. Are based out of New York In the hot zone. Live eat and sleep on the boat 24 hours a day seven days a week so basically quarantine except when you have to send somebody up to do grub shopping. We’ve been very careful with that. It’s almost time to go home. The wife is hunkered down in North Carolina because that’s where we were when this started. We were visiting my son who is be deployed. It’s almost time For me to go home. Worried about bringing this home to my wife who is an MS patient and has a tracheostomy. I am showing no signs of the virus. But still concerned. Don’t really have any questions just needed to vent. Well I guess I do have one question. what are you all doing For storing cold foods in large quantities? I have the small freezer and fridge and Putting things on ice is a pain in the butt because you have to go and get ice so frequently.

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      Youmerv

      You are in a tough position. I completely understand your concerns. To answer your question, we have a residential fridge so we do not lack in freezer storage. I think a lot of people are eating more meatless meals to get around the need for frozen foods. Thank your son for his service for us. We pray for your continued health and the health of your wife.

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    janenne clark

    we love your videos. we feel we can trust what you two say. we are hoping to get an RV within the next 6 months, but figure with this virus it may be a yr. well it gives us time to be more prepared. As we both are over 60 and have underlying medical issues we will just stay home and hunker down. we hope you and yours stay safe. hope to meet with you sometime.

    Dave and Janenne

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      Youmerv

      I love your positive spin on a difficult situation. It will allow you to be more prepared and ready to roll when the time is right. I am so glad you decided to wait it out. Prayers for continued health!

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    JoAnn Wilson

    What a great post. I was one of those people that didn’t understand the significance of closing campgrounds because we, generally, stay to ourselves when we do go out. However, I did understand the common areas would be the problem. Your clear explanations and informational links are so valuable.

    Thank you for all the time and love you put into this post. I’ve shared it on my social media outlets because I think the information is for everyone, not just RV’ers.

    JoAnn

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      Youmerv

      Hey JoAnn! Thanks so much for sharing the article. I agree the more people we inform the better. I pray you stay well!

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    Linda Lyshol

    Hi, Stacy
    I’m a retired librarian and I appreciate your ceaseless checking for facts, especially from the CDC’s and the WHO’s websites. People believe anything on google! And people don’t know how to verify real medical information. So, keep posting the truth!

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    Bonnie

    Great post! I especially love the graphic and link re social distancing which shows how people who practice it can positively affect the course of this pandemic

    Thanks for all you do!

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    Jacki Rizzo

    Stacy thank you for very pertinent information. I’d hoped one State Department issued the level 4 warning for all US Citizens to get home RVers would understand how important it was to stay isolated. Our rigs only have so much capacity. Being 73 with asthma my daughters finally yelled at me to stay home and not travel to California in my camper-van as they didn’t want me to be stranded on the route and that was on March 8th! Now states are really trying to conserve supplies for their residents. Small communities need supplies for their residents vs transients. It was great to hear you hunkered down outside San Antonio, great military community there for support emotionally for everyone too! Stay safe! I loved hearing you at the RVillage Rally but missed meeting almost everyone as it was my first Rally. My second rally was cancelled. Trent and Allie said State sent them an email that mentioned 1 to 2 years, not months. Now I’m searching for information on this but the US needs to expend our available funds on emergencies, not vacationers. Thank you! Stay safe!

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    Debbie Root

    Thank you for the information. My husband and I plan to do full time RVing starting in June. We have been concerned about where to park our RV when the time comes. Please stay safe and may this illness end soon on a positive note.

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      Frank

      I Just bought a new rig, Airstream 23′ flying Cloud. I know, sounds like bragging but No, rather I’m excited about getting out there to enjoy it. Problems are surfacing though. You hit the nail on the head- so many campgrounds are closing down. I made a reservation in Mass, above Boston, now anticipating that one to shutter at any minute, waiting…… These are State, Natnl’, & private too, not just a few here and there closing. Got a notice that will get an automatic reimbursement if they do close. You explained why this all is happening and that was important for folks to recognize. It is for the wellbeing of one another. Thanks for covering that. You said hunker down, stay for a month or longer for those who are ‘on the road’ to ‘flatten the curve’. If they listen, not just hear with their ears, but listen with the aim of understanding, then it gets through. I had 3 rigs over the past 40 years, so having purchased this 4th (will be my last one) … you can guess I’m not a 30 year old, but still want/hope to get some use out of it this year, sooner or later. I’m glad you among several other bloggers, full timers are taking a serious, realistic approach to this timely matter as difficult a pill as it is to swallow. That you a have medical background helps your audience take a long and hard look with reason to act with good sense. Thanks, CamperFrank. From Massachusetts.

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        Youmerv

        That is not bragging! That is just excitement! congratulations!!! Hope this clears up quickly so you can enjoy the open road! Stay well.

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    George Browne

    You did a great job with outbreak video. My wife is a RN still working and I,m at home retired. Hope to get on the road someday. For now we have a rig parked at silver creek resort in silver lake, Michigan which we use for long weekends during the camping season in michigan. Thanks for all your videos and stay safe.

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    Paul Green

    Stacy, we live in San Antonio, well just north of town. If you guys need anything, from referrals to services or help with anything please contact us and well try to help.

    I don’t know what RV park you’re at, there are a number out here near us. Who knows you may be right nearby.

    You have my email address on this post, so please contact us if you need anything.
    Paul Green

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    Curt Passafume

    As a fellow health professional who is continually working to keep my and the wider circle focused on the facts I truly appreciate this summary. The amount of misinformation and outright lies swirling out there, especially in the RV community is maddening. Thanks so much for your voice of accuracy and perspective. Spread this far and wide. Keep it real. Keep it safe.

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    RVenture Awaits (Tom & Beth Boswell)

    Thank you posting all this information. We appreciate hearing your views on the current situation and the actions we can take. We are sitting here at the Solomon’s Navy Recreation Center CG. As of now it’s still open and they have let us extend into May. We were supposed to hit the road in mid April.

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    Bonnie Blair

    My husband and I are preparing to start RVing. We have the truck, hitch and have picked out the trailer we are interested in and the the virus hit. So we are still at home in our sticks and bricks watching and learning from your videos.

    I was wondering how you were dealing with the virus situation, so I was glad to see this post in your blog. Glad you are safe. Good luck! Keep filming those videos. You are our favorites to date!

    Bonnie & Karl Blair (Blair’s)

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    Kenda

    Thank you for this information. We are due to be full timers by the end of May, out of sticks and bricks and on our way. Making the big move and getting everything done to be out in time is challenging enough, this is just another obstacle that we will overcome.

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    Pam Roberts Pederson

    As per usual, you have went way over and above to help spread the message of what is happening and how we can help each other in the RV community.

    I was joking yesterday that I have worked in the property management business for over 33 years and this is the first time I’ve ever been evicted and received money back! (That’s quite a trick) Sometimes we just have to find the humor in not so humorous situations. #BeSafe 💙

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    Donna Hartley

    Your information is so valuable! Thank you for taking the time to acquire all of these usable facts, and condensing them into an understandable overview.
    Please keep us informed about your journey, your health, and that of your family.
    God Bless You…♡

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    Rhonda Sorensen

    Hi Stacy, thank you for the great information. It is clear if we all do our best to stay in one place that we have a good chance of slowing this town. Keep us posted!

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    Robert Konigsberg

    Great informative post. So many out there are either misinformed or just don’t get it.
    Be safe, be smart, be kind.
    Hunkered down in Kerrville TX
    Bob and Pat.

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