Can I travel this summer in my RV without experiencing resentment from the places I visit?
If you've been doing some RV trip planning lately, you're not going to like the answer to that question.
But yes, we think there will be resentment in some places about RV travel this summer because of fears over COVID-19. As we write this in early May of 2020, it's very clear that some places will be not too happy to see folks coming into their communities to enjoy the RV Lifestyle. Is some places, unnecessary travel is being discouraged by health and government leaders for the foreseeable future.
For a variety of reasons, having tourists and RVers coming through town, shopping at stores, eating in local restaurants, and mixing with locals, is not being welcomed.
Stay at home orders are not going away
Stay at home orders and closed campgrounds are still in play in many states.
In Florida, where we have been riding out the crisis, the governor and many local leaders have made it very clear that out-of-towners are not welcome just yet. While many private campgrounds are and have been open down here, visitors from other areas are seen as bringing the risk of infection with them.
When we look to June and July and the peak summer travel season our best guess right now is that not all of the country will be opened up. That means you are going to have to pay very close attention to the local rules in the states and communities you will be traveling through. We think there will be places you will want to give a wide berth to.
More RV events and gatherings will be canceled
Fall is a major RV show season, starting in September with the big one – the annual Hershey RV Show in Pennsylvania. The next month it's the California RV show in Fontana, CA. Officially, as of May 7, both shows are still on. But will they happen? It depends on whether the virus is diminished. Frankly, we personally think the odds are 50-50. In fact, we would not be surprised to see them canceled, along with many other RV shows in many other parts of North America.
There is talk of schools and colleges still being closed come fall.
With that level of uncertainty, bringing it back to RV travel, we can only conclude that there will be places where RVers will be resented.
That doesn't mean we agree with such sentiments. We just think all RVers need to take that into account when making their RV travel plans.
What about us? We have had on our calendar long before we heard of COVID-9 a very ambitious summer RV travel schedule that has us heading to the Canadian Rockies and then the Pacific Northwest, making our way south through Washington and Oregon and making it to the California RV Show the first week of October. Will it happen?
RV travel is still uncertain
Being realistic, we just don't know. So, in case too many things are canceled and resentment about leisure travel by RV is strong, we're working on a Plan B, something that will get us out and about, making videos, exploring and enjoying the RV Lifestyle, but doing it in a smaller area, something regional instead of cross-country.
We write this post to encourage you to do the same.
We may not be able to go everywhere we would like to this summer, but we will be able to go some places. So look about you and make your own Plan B.
By June, we'll have a much better idea. Meantime, stay safe Fellow Travelers. And flexible.
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