True Tales of Pandemic RV Parenting

Full-timing with kids is more popular than ever. For many of these families on the road in the age of Coronavirus, pandemic RV parenting is still better than living a traditional life. This is what Two Moms and a Trailer have to say about it while on the road with their two boys and two dogs.
One Family’s Story of Pandemic RV Parenting
Shay, Damien, Oliver and America are 2 Moms and a Trailer
Full-time RVing with kids isn’t as weird as it used to be. With more parents than ever who can work remotely online, young couples are traveling by RV while raising kids and pets along the way. Shay and America are one such couple from California. 
Currently traveling with Damien (age 9), Oliver (age 3), and their two dogs Emma and Penny, the duo has traveled coast-to-coast since hitting the road three years ago. They decided to do it when they realized that the rat race was running them into the ground.
The family has been on the road three years.
“For us the inspiration to begin RVing really came from life kicking us to the curb,” explains Shay. “We worked all the time …and had nothing but piles of bills, a house full of junk, zero time, stress, and debt to show for it. Everything came to a head and we had to make a choice; go under or rise up and make a change. We took a chance and chose change. We sold everything… house included and hit the road. All while pregnant with our second baby might I add! We moved into the trailer when Oliver was 2 weeks old.”
Damien and Oliver are adaptable and ready to roll.
Full-timing was the best decision they ever made, but they don’t do it without careful planning and saving. America and Shay discovered that

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In the Age of Coronavirus, Harvest Hosts is a Must Have RV Club Membership

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The Conundrum of Coronavirus RV Travel for Full-timers

RVs are self-contained homes on wheels that take us any place we want. But just because we can, should we? The conundrum of Coronavirus RV travel is weighing heavy on the minds of all RVers, but especially full-timers like me. Hitting the road brings on a whole new set of pandemic concerns.
Thinking Before Turning the Key
 
Today, there’s more to think about before hitting the road.
That old song by the Clash keeps playing in my head. “Should I Stay or Should I Go?” The RVer’s mantra of “If you don’t like the neighborhood, then turn the key and leave,” now gives us reason to pause and consider the ramifications of doing so.
Many RVers aren’t waiting for the Pandemic all-clear and hitting the road now.  The wisest ones are trying to steer clear of interacting with people along the way. I’ve considered doing the same, but then I got to thinking about the What Ifs. Even if I don’t think my husband and I will interact with other campers, it’s always possible we would need to. The usual road trip necessities take on entirely new considerations:

Filling up at fueling stations means touching gas pumps, pin pads and sometimes interacting with cashiers.
Since many parks aren’t yet accepting guests, I worry about encountering too many people in the few dispersed camping areas that are open.
When we need to dump, we’ll need to visit a dump station, touched by the hands of many other campers. Wearing gloves can protect us, but they’re not foolproof
And finally, when we run out of food, we will need to go into a local grocery stores and interact with locals.

My husband and I are fortunate in that we are sheltering in place in a beautiful location on private property. Our friends invited us to stay indefinitely, but some days the

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Has Coronavirus Changed RV Park Life?

Many RVers like me prefer wide open spaces and boondocking over full-hookups and paved parking spaces. But in a pandemic, guess where most of us headed? You guessed it, RV parks. And when we arrived, one thing was clear: coronavirus has changed RV park life, at least somewhat, depending on where you landed. This is what living in RV parks looks like right now, according to RVers from coast-to-coast.
Nomads Share Coronavirus Experiences
Are you sheltering in place at an RV park? Image: liveworkdream.com
I love dry camping on public lands, but I don’t mind heading to RV parks when the weather is too hot or too cold. Or when a pandemic strikes. After COVID-19 arrived in the U.S., the logic of sheltering in place at a commercial campground could not be argued. After all, even the most hearty boondockers must vacate their campsite occasionally for dump runs and provisions. It’s a relatively simple boondocking chore, but in a time of Coronavirus, repeated exposure to public facilities can be deadly.
When friends of ours generously offered a parking spot with full-hookups, we jumped at the chance. But most full-time RVers haven’t been as fortunate. For nomads around the country, full hookups are saving lives. Since many municipalities chose to keep RV parks open, these essential businesses really are the best option to stay safe and ride out the health crisis of the century.
Lately I’ve been thinking about how Coronavirus changed RV park life, so I turned to the helpful Xscapers community, a branch of the Escapees RV Club. What I specifically wanted to know was: what does it look like inside the parks? Are the guests handling COVID-19 hygiene recommendations any better than non-RVers? Close to 100 people responded with fascinating stories about RVing during COVID-19.
Is RV park management doing a good job with

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The Nitty Gritty of Workamping During Coronavirus

When the Coronavirus pandemic hit the United States, the joy and adventure of full-time RVing quickly exploded into non-stop panic for many of us. But one group of full-timers was sitting pretty when shelter-in-place restrictions went down. For the many workampers in America’s privately-owned RV parks, workamping during Coronavirus was the best situation any full-time RVer could imagine.
The Pandemic that Stopped RVers In Our Tracks
The Albuquerque interstate ghost town. Image: @rvswat
If anyone would have told me that after thirteen years on the road, a pandemic would stop my husband and I in our tracks, I wouldn’t have believed them. But Coronavirus affected RVers like nobody ever imagined. Nomads like myself scrambled to secure a long-term parking spot as RV park spaces disappeared overnight. Public lands boondocking wasn’t an option either. Access grew difficult because government entities closed off entire swaths of land.
Many full-timers like me were left with few options. Rumors of scattershot overnight camping spots floated around social media. For many of us, big box store parking lots or staying with friends, families and sometimes generous strangers were our only option. If only we were workamping.
The New Benefits of Workamping During a Pandemic
If you’re not familiar with workamping, you should be. It’s a popular way for many full-time RVers to reduce living expenses. The arrangement is between full-time RVers and business owners who need help with everything from RV park labor to farming. The RVer works a pre-determined number of hours each week. In exchange they get lowered rent, and sometimes wages with bonuses like free laundry.
All workamping jobs have pros and cons. But nobody ever thought one of the pros would be “a safe place to stay during a pandemic� But apparently it is, and group of workampers around the United States proves it. They recently demonstrated that

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Nancy’s Full-time RVing Legacy

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Still RVing? States Self-Quarantine Requirements May Apply

Traveling anywhere right now is not a good idea thanks to COVID-19. But if you’re still RVing for some reason, many states have self-quarantine requirements that apply to you.
What to Know About RVing with States Self-Quarantine Requirements
If you’re still on the road, here’s what you need to know. (Image: Pixabay.com)
As I mentioned last week, the biggest full-time RVing drawback is a virus. But that’s not the only downside. It’s the self-quarantine restrictions that accompany it.
Traveling when the COVID-19 pandemic is in full swing put everyone’s health in jeopardy. And now state governments want to make sure you don’t do that.
Chances are good that the United States will not issue strict lockdowns as seen in European and Asian countries. The federal government has limited legal authority to do so. But state governments can take matters into their own hands with recommendations and advisories.
According USA Today, the following states are now requiring new or returning visitors to self-quarantine. Remember, this information will change during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
State-by-State Coronavirus Self-Quarantine Requirements
As of April 6, 2020, the following states have issued travel advisories. More are expected to follow.
Alaska
People coming into Alaska must comply with a new mandate requiring everyone entering the state from outside to self-quarantine for 14 days. Travelers must fill out a State of Alaska Travel Declaration Form to let authorities know where they plan to wait out the self-quarantine.
Delaware
The governor is ordering all visitors to self-quarantine for 14-days, but will not require travelers just passing through the tiny state. Authorities have the legal right to stop all vehicles with out-of-state plates.
Florida
Be on the lookout for highway checkpoints installed to remind travelers that anyone driving into Florida must self-quarantine for 14 days. 
Kansas
The state’s self-quarantine requirement appears to only apply to state residents. According to USA Today, “residents who traveled to California, Florida,

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The Biggest Full-time RVing Drawback is a Virus

For thirteen years full-time RVing has given us so much joy and adventure. My husband and I couldn’t imagine living any other way. Through all the pros and cons of the nomad life, we never encountered one big full-time RVing drawback so powerful it altered our ability to enjoy this offbeat lifestyle. And then the pandemic happened.
A Full-Time RVing Pandemic Reality Check
The biggest full-time RVing drawback is a virus.
As my fingers tap away on the keyboard to write this, my steadfast RV-driving husband commandeers us into another state. A generous friend has offered us a full-hookup spot on her gorgeous mountain property. Knowing that we could be there a while, she insisted. And as independent and self-contained as we are, my husband and I agreed to her generous offer. We would be fools not to.
The pandemic fallout has hit the full-time RVing community hard, and we are only seeing the beginning of it. For starters, thousands of full-timers like my husband and I are competing for ever-shrinking numbers of long-term RV campsites at parks across the U.S. Also, the many RV travel resources we count on as boondockers are dwindling.
Apparently, the biggest disadvantage to full-time RVing is a global pandemic.
The UnWelcome Mat is Out
The welcome mat for full-time RVers like us has been pulled right out from underneath our feet. For example:

The list of public campground closures is getting longer by the day.
Many private RV parks are also shutting down to newcomers.
Public land boondocking access is more limited.
Dump station access is more challenging.
Small tourist towns are telling visitors to stay away, amid growing reports of sentries standing guard to keep visitors out.

The weather isn’t helping.
Following the seasons has always been one of the biggest advantages of the nomad life, but now it’s also one of the biggest full-time RVing drawbacks.

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