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Old 04-13-2020, 11:56 AM   #1
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Red face Will you change camping post COVID 19?

What ideas do you have for changing your camping activities after it has been deemed safe to reopen our states to accommodate camping and there is enough toilet paper to go around?

Will you change:
o Where you go?
o The Kind of campgrounds you prefer?
o What geographical regions will you frequent or avoid?
o How you get fuel and food?
o What kind of activities you will or will not engage in?

I ,miss camping and want to start doing it again but want to do it safely given that the virus may still be circulating and we have no vaccine yet.

I know you will have some great ideas to help us all be safer, and healthier campers as we hook up and begin to travel again.

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Old 04-13-2020, 12:20 PM   #2
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I like your question & list. It will be interesting to see what other folks are doing.

I will not make any changes as to where/when we camp, eat or attend a public place. That said, avoiding the known hazards to your health and physical well being should always be practiced.... we let common sense prevail.
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Old 04-13-2020, 12:22 PM   #3
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I will probably keep my travel plans, as most of it is destination camping, not camping for the sake of the campground. It remains to be seen whether the camping industry facilitates an automated reservation/payment/check in process. I really wish the RV industry would help campgrounds develop this. We are almost there with Reserve America. Will still prefer state parks, national parks, some boondocking when convenient. I'd really like to cross the northern border this year, so watching Trudeau.
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Old 04-13-2020, 01:38 PM   #4

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It ain't over 'til it's over....🤔

I'll wait to speculate..

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Old 04-13-2020, 03:24 PM   #5
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Yeah, me too.

It’s too soon to know, with the health experts still learning about this virus as we go along.

There is no vaccine, no antivirals, grossly inadequate testing, no certainty even that those who have had it will be immune.

I’ll follow the guidance of the health experts, when they give it.

Find a need and fill it.

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Old 04-13-2020, 03:50 PM   #6
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My answer is who knows?.....

I've always been a bit of a Howard Hughes germaphobe - washing my hands more often than most people, avoiding people when I'm sick and wishing others would do the same when they're sick, wishing I hadn't shaken hands after I see the person I just met sneezing (arrgh!) and sniffling. So shaking hands may be a thing of the past.

When we purchased our diesel van a few years ago I became quite adept at using a glove on one hand to avoid transferring nasty, oily, stinking fuel to my hands. I've now adapted that one-handed, gloved technique to our gasoline vehicles too.

This COVID-19 situation makes me appreciate the van life over trailer life even more. Much easier to wash hands and sanitize the door handle on the van and a few interior latches than it is to do the same on the trailer/truck form of travel that we also enjoy.

We don't use shower houses at campgrounds. We have a fully self contained RV and have no intention on changing our methodology - that's exactly why we have an RV, so the current situation reinforces that reasoning for us.

While we enjoy pot lucks at rallies and other social events they've always made me a bit nervous. There's nothing stopping the sick person from spreading germs in a number of ways in this kind of environment. So pot lucks may change to us bringing our own meal and sitting down to a meal with others.

I don't think long term wearing a mask is something we'll continue doing. We're only doing it now in limited situations.

We have always enjoyed the more open spaces of state parks and similar arrangements. Crowded parks will continue to be off our list of places to stay.

To be continued...
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Old 04-13-2020, 03:59 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by Steamy1 View Post
I'll be even more people-adverse than I usually am.
Originally Posted by ROBERT CROSS View Post
I'll wait to speculate..
. . .
Originally Posted by Lily&Me View Post
Yeah, me too.

It’s too soon to know . . .
. . .
Originally Posted by nvestysly View Post
My answer is who knows?.....
. . .
. . . To be continued...
Joining the Covid chorus of uncertainty here . . .

By the Fourth of July -- Earth Year 002,021 -- we should have a better sense of the realistic camping possibilities.

Stay safe . . . and keep breathing.

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Old 04-13-2020, 04:04 PM   #8
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PS -- Of course the question:

"How will camping change for you after COVID 19?"

. . . makes a major assumption, perhaps incorrect IMO, that there is going to be such a state as "after COVID 19" . . .

Is this a 100% certainty?

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Old 04-13-2020, 04:19 PM   #9
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Old 04-13-2020, 04:25 PM   #10
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I'll be even more people-adverse than I usually am.
Yep !!!
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Old 04-13-2020, 04:34 PM   #11
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I guess my changes will be the extra curricular activities I do outside of the campground. I am a destination camper and use the facilities within my Airstream rather than the bath houses. But I love taking advantage of the local areas I camp in and in many cases visiting the attractions in the local area.

This is going to be a difficult summer.
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Old 04-13-2020, 04:50 PM   #12
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I live near Big Timber Montana just about one hour and change from Yellowstone (North Entrance). The fear up here is that once the isolation restrictions start to ease off that Yellowstone will see a glut of folks trying to escape the higher infected areas. In normal times that's great (tourists=money) but now we have already seen a large influx of wealthy city folk that are trying to escape and putting stress on the small markets and minimal health care in the area. I'm just hopeful that this will end soon.......and grateful for each day, though today could be a little warmer 27f. at the moment.
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Old 04-13-2020, 05:26 PM   #13
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I foresee doing much more boondocking.....I also foresee doing much more camping in general, as it is a much safer activity than most of the other options associated with vacationing.....

I am going to upgrade my fishing equipment, and do more fishing while camping, which is almost always convenient.....

I also am a dirt bike guy, and camping trips that incorporate riding will also become much more common, since that is a safe activity also....

We are going to have to learn to live with the presence of corona, because just like the flu, and the common cold, it is not going away completely, so, things like Disneyworld, movie theaters, concerts, festivals, are all a thing of the past, if not forever, for the next several years.....

Camping is moving up on the list big time......
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Old 04-13-2020, 06:30 PM   #14
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We'll be venturing out beyond our driveway!

And, like mkcurtiss, I foresee more boondocking in our future - which is just fine by me!
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Old 04-13-2020, 07:36 PM   #15
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I’ve been thinking about pot lucks - I will probably bring my own “scooper” to them also potlucks may think about having servers rather than everyone take their own
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Old 04-13-2020, 07:48 PM   #16
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The term "pot luck" is now going to have to include what you can catch I guess?

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Old 04-13-2020, 10:28 PM   #17
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Camping is for getting our family closer together, closer to natural beauty and learning new things. I don't see how any of that will change for us in regards to camping.

Of course my 4 year old wants to go to Disney Land...that's not going to happen this year or early next! We also may strongly consider minimizing flights but honestly, flights are not the most fun with a 1.5 yr old and 4 yr old anyways so I see this as a good excuse to camp more!!!!!

I just hope camp grounds open up more! Folks are going outside in the neighborhoods at distances that are closer than they would be at camp grounds!!
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Old 04-14-2020, 07:24 AM   #18
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Greetings from the Florida Panhandle

We don't really plan on changing very much of our camping regimen. We are not congregators and don't eat in restaurants very often. We do not go to the movies and are not church goers. Accordingly, not much will change when we can again hit the road with Lucy. Our biggest change this next camping season is that Lucy has a new tow vehicle.

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Old 04-14-2020, 08:14 AM   #19
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Same for us. I don’t plan on changing a whole lot. I do wonder though if it might get a bit easier to get into some campgrounds, but I seriously doubt that.
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Old 04-14-2020, 08:27 AM   #20
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I was thinking of going boondocking, but everyone else seems to have the same idea because all the boondocking sites are already reserved on recreation.gov.
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