Over one million full-time RVers call their RV home. Where will they shelter-in-place, obtain fresh water, and dump their waste tanks if all the RV parks and campgrounds close?

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Closed!

The federal government is closing all the national parks, including "dispersed camping" in national forests and on open public land. This makes no sense, when these are the perfect places to be spread out for "social distancing." What could be more socially-isolated than boondocking?

While tent-camping, weekend camping, and day-use areas for social gatherings should be curtailed for now—many state parks and campgrounds are closing, and some state governments and local municipalities are even forcing private RV parks to close as well The reason for this is because governments and the general public see camping as discretionary, non-essential "recreational" travel. They want everyone to just go home and stay home.

Well, what if an RV is your home?

It is estimated that there are one to two million people living full time in RVs today. These "full-timers" are not just the retirees who sold their homes and set out to see the countryside, but also working-age people who took their careers on the road, and some who are home-schooling their children as they go.

Full-time RVers are a thing
This is not exactly a new thing. Over 40 years ago, the Escapees RV club was started out of the need to support the growing numbers of full-time RVers. The founders, Joe & Kay Peterson, raised their family while working from the road.

Life as a full-timer: RVers need places to park & call home

Full-timers who live (and work) in their RVs know that life on the road is NOT a full-time vacation. They simply live their every day lives in an RV: from retired people doing their favorite hobbies at home, or providing volunteer services to the local community, to younger people working and schooling their children in their home that happens to be an RV.

Many full-timers stay put for an entire season and don't even travel around—often making a particular town or city their home base for many months. They are naturals at "sheltering-in-place."

Full-time RVers rely on RV parks and campgrounds to fill their fresh water tanks and empty their waste tanks, as well as access to propane for cooking, hot water, and refrigeration.  

With federal & state campgrounds shutting down, and now PRIVATE RV parks being mandated to close — where will these full-time RVers LIVE? Where will they get fresh water for drinking and cooking, showers and toilets? Where will they dump their WASTE tanks?

While this is NOT the time to be out "camping" for recreational purposes, it is imperative that RV parks and campgrounds with these ESSENTIAL SERVICES for full-time RVers MUST be allowed to remain open! Parks can require that all stays must be no less than 30 days — unless someone is on their way "home" to another long-term spot. Many RVers are hurrying home and do need safe places to stay overnight en-route. Allow them to drycamp (without hookups) in the former day-use areas! Let them use your dump station for a fee!


How to contact your government officials

To advocate for RV parks and campgrounds and RV businesses to remain open as essential services, visit the following page: How to Contact Your Federal, State and Local officials.

Send them a link to this article you are reading now, and use the following letter or talking points as a template when you call, or for your email when you write—personalizing it to your situation. You can download and edit these documents:


Who should make their voice heard? RVers, RV park owners, and ANYONE who supports the RV lifestyle and RV industry. (Even friends who don't own RVs.)


The RVillage List of Open RV Parks

For those of you needing a place to stay RIGHT NOW, here is the RVillage crowd-sourced List of Open Parks.

Know about a park that's open? Submit it here.

RV Park owners can submit your open park here: My Park is Open.


Connect Virtually with other RVers, and help each other out!

RVillage created the only location-aware online social media network for ALL RVers to find & connect with each other out there on the road and around you in RV parks, campgrounds (and even while boondocking). Not a private club, this open community has grown to over 200,000 members in less than five years. With all the "social distancing" mandates, the RVillage community is the perfect way to locate and "virtually" connect with RVers with each other online, and also a deep reservoir of crowd-sourced information for all RVers and nomads. Join the community here. It's FREE!

IMPORTANT!
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This information MUST be seen by the government agencies in EVERY STATE to "Designate campgrounds and RV parks as ESSENTIAL SERVICES" so full-time RVers can "shelter-in-place," get water, and DUMP THEIR TANKS!

Disclaimer: The information gathered here is compiled from the posts and opinions of RVillagers, and not of RVillage itself.

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