Full Hookups Save Lives. Help Keep RV Parks Open During COVID-19.

Full-time RVers are feeling the effects of COVID-19 shelter in place laws. A new awareness campaign needs your help to keep RV parks open during the pandemic fallout.
Let Lawmakers Know RV Parks are Essential Businesses
Help keep RV parks open, contact lawmakers today.
Most states around the country have implemented shelter-in-place laws to protect the public against community spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 requirements are impacting full-time RVers who live on the road and the communities where they travel.
An estimated two million Americans live in their RVs by choice or necessity, but government leaders seem to be unaware of this demographic. And right now, thousands of full-time RVers are being forced to violate shelter-in-place laws to find a place to stay.
Under the new COVID-19 community health restrictions, RV parks and campgrounds are considered “non-essential” businesses. The new restrictions require all non-essential businesses to shut their doors.
Although implemented with good intentions, the shelter-in-place laws are creating hardship and personal safety problems for communities and thousands of RVers. With nowhere to stay, full-time RVers are hitting the road and competing for a limited number of campsites. In places where there are none, they are spilling into big box retail store parking lots and creating public health problems. And each time they move to find a new spot, full-time RVers are potentially spreading COVID-19 to new communities.
Keep RV Parks Open, Prevent COVID-19 Spread!
Do your part to prevent COVID-19 spread. Keep RV parks open!
Full-time RVers are at huge risk contracting and spreading the disease if they are forced to find new locations to stay put. As a result, the Escapees RV Club is diligently working with political and RV industry leaders to build awareness of RVers with no place to go. And now they need you.
In a news release from Friday, March

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And We’re Off. Our Pandemic Reality RV Life.

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These RV Travel Hazards Kill More People Than a Pandemic

Global pandemics are nothing to laugh about, but it pays to keep things in perspective. Be safe but always remember these top five travel hazards that actually kill more people than a scary pandemic like COVID-19 (at least, so far).
These RV Travel Hazards Are Always Present
Don’t let your fears keep you from RV life. Image: Dino Reichmuth, Unsplash.com
Infectious disease is a fact of life on Planet Earth. From the earliest recorded pandemic in 165 AD to the Coronavirus of 2019/2020, catastrophic infectious disease has taken millions of lives. But before you panic about the current pandemic, stop and look at the big picture. Life has many more circumstances responsible for killing far more people than any virus ever has. These RV travel hazards are just a few.
Highway wrecks.
Image: iRV2 Member KrankyKoot
In the U.S., 37,461 people were killed in 34,436 motor vehicle crashes that happened in 2016. That’s an average of 102 per day according to the National Transportation and Safety Board. Worldwide, nearly 1.25 million people die in road crashes every year, on average 3,287 deaths a day, according to the World Health Organization.
RV fires.
Most fires happen in the RV engine compartment or refrigerator. Image: iRV2 Member Mr. Belvedere
About 4,000 RV fires happen each year, according to the National Fire Protection Association. The number two cause of a fire is the RV refrigerator. The number one? RV engine fires.
National park hazards.
Many people die in National Parks too. Image: irV2 Member 5DCanonman.
Each week, about 6 people die in America’s national parks. We’re talking about 312 deaths a year, or just under one death per million visitors according to park service chief spokesman Jeremy Barnum in an article on CNN.com. How they die ranges from getting lost in the wilderness to car accidents to heart attacks, but fatal wild animal conflicts rarely happen.
Domestic pets,

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Tips for RVing with Oxygen Therapy

The RV lifestyle is for everyone, even if you have a health condition that requires supplemental oxygen. Here’s what you need to know about RVing with oxygen therapy equipment.
What If You Need Supplemental Oxygen?
Even people who must carry oxygen can go RVing. Image: Pixabay.com @alfcermed
Many people of all ages need supplemental oxygen therapy. Often it’s because of health issues like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pneumonia and asthma. These conditions force the body to work harder to take in oxygen obtained from ordinary breathing.
When someone is prescribed supplemental oxygen, their quality of life gets better. Sometimes the need for extra oxygen is a temporary thing, sometimes it must be used forever. However long one relies on it, the payoff is getting to enjoy a relatively normal life.
But can you go RVing with oxygen? And what’s the best way to carry the equipment on the road? Is it dangerous to carry oxygen in the RV? I wanted to find out for a friend of mine, and here’s what I discovered.
Tips for RVing with Oxygen Therapy
Yes, you can enjoy a full RVing life when you need oxygen therapy!
I’ve been on 02 for four years now and using bottles in a backpack, portable Phillips Respronic machine, and a 110v concentrator that goes to 5 lpm. The past 3 years we have camped in a 17 ft TT but have moved up to a 35 ft class A with a toad. We have spent winters and up to 7 months traveling with my 24 hour need for supplemental 02. — iRV2 Member Lihue
But the question is, how do you carry oxygen in an RV? For starters, it’s not like the old days. Forget relying solely on bulky oxygen bottles. RVers who need oxygen therapy will tell you that for everyday use, portable oxygen concentrators

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Escape the Crowds in Nevada’s Great Basin National Park

America’s national parks are busy places, which is precisely why we wanted to go RVing to Great Basin National Park in eastern Nevada near the border with Utah. Located in a particularly remote expanse of the American West, Great Basin is one of the least-visited national parks in the U.S. and a hidden gem that’s worth the effort to get there.

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Get the Most Out of This Wanderful Life

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See the World’s First Automated RV Park

The world’s first automated RV park is now open, all because Jim Turntine knows that free RV Parking is never really free. There’s always a price to pay for avoiding a one-night stay at RV parks.
It’s the “Hotel” of RV Parks with everything you need.
World’s First Automated RV Park Opens
Anyone who stays in big box retail store parking lots for a night understands the hassles. Some areas are sketchy, others are loud and busy with traffic all night long. It’s a terrible way to get a night’s rest. That’s why RV Self Park in Sullivan, Missouri was created.
Jim Turntine is a serial entrepreneur and long-time RVer who understands the stress of searching for safe overnight RV parking–without success. “You don’t know who’s coming and going all night all around you. They’re not set up for you to be there,” he says.
The Turntines have patented the concept.
As a dog parent and frequent RV traveler who rarely stays overnight at RV parks between destinations, Turntine wants to eliminate the stress involved in finding free camping places to park. He always hoped that someone would build an affordable, turnkey overnight RV parking lot with full-hookups, but nobody did. In 2018, his wife convinced him to take the plunge. That’s when he decided to build an easy in / easy out RV park with fully automated hookups on property he already owned.

Located at mile marker 223.4 off I44 in West Sullivan, Missouri, the turnkey, fully-automated RV parking spot is located about 45-50 minutes southwest of St. Louis.
What to Expect at the Park
RV Self Park is not a “campground” in the traditional sense. It’s a practical, safe and legal way to park for a night, two nights or a little longer when all you want is a safe place to park. Each site is completely

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Wanderful Life RV Guide Book Gets Beyond the Basics

There’s more to transitioning into full-time RVing than the logistics.  To chase your wanderlust successfully, a mindshift needs to happen. A new book called “A Wanderful Life: Your Guide to RV Living� helps you do exactly that. You will learn how to wrap your head around the new lifestyle and gently ease into life on the road with less stress and more fun.
Go Beyond Logistics with Wanderful Life RV Guide Book
Get beyond hard costs and planning with this new RV guide book.
When we decide to take a leap into full-time RVing, we get so caught up on the hard costs. From researching the obvious aspects of RV trip planning, like deciding on a rig, to figuring out how to pay for the lifestyle, we focus on factors that are easily calculated and measured.
And while those practical matters are important, so is our state of mind. But few of us pay attention to it, because you can’t put a number on mental health. That’s too bad, because the nomadic life is full of uncertainty and emotional upheaval. How we handle those challenges on the road can make or break our adventure. That’s where “A Wanderful Life: Your Guide to RV Livingâ€� can help.
Barbara and Arnie took four years to research the book.
Embracing the Uncertainty of Nomadic Life
Author Barbara Wentzell Jaquith wrote this one-of-a-kind full-time RVing guide book to help travelers wrangle their emotions when coping with the transition from a traditional life to the one they dream about. She and her husband Arnie know about it from firsthand experience. They both embrace the wanderlust in their souls, but the uncertainty of chasing it down on a full-time basis left them feeling uneasy.
“Arnie and I were in our mid-sixties when we made our decision. The world was calling out to us and

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