With so much fear and hype about the need to self-quarantine against COVID-19, aka the coronavirus, it seems that only RVers are finding the positive side of the whole self-quarantine process. Here are the top 10 reasons to self-quarantine and avoid COVID-19 in your RV.
1. It’s fun.
Let’s face it, an RV is really just a big blanket-and-box fort for adults. Sure, camping, hiking, and hitting the road is great, but the zenith of that great camping day culminates in a 300-square-foot box with a miniature kitchen and a fake fireplace.
2. It makes sense.
Secluding yourself away from society, whether in your own driveway or at a local campground makes sense, according to the CDC. Even in a public campground, you’re likely to be at least 20 yards from your neighbor. A quick shout hello and an air fist bump and you get on with your day, no human contact needed.
3. Your RV needs cleaning.
Did you clean your RV after the last trip? Probably not. Do you typically feel like cleaning it when you head out the next time? I doubt it. Now is the best opportunity you’ve had in years to take time to really clean your RV inside and out.
4. Because there are no sports, or anything else, going on right now.
That’s right, you aren’t going to be able to watch your favorite golf tournament or hockey game this week. You won’t be going to concerts, RV shows, or any kid’s soccer games. You might as well go camping in your RV, where you can stare at a campfire, the stars, or even your significant other. (Just don’t make it creepy for the latter.)
5. Your RV needs use.
Like most mechanical things, periodic use is actually better for your RV. Regularly using the appliances, slides, tank valves and all the other components on your RV is better for it than just sitting for extended periods. Those with generators and motorhome owners already know this. Here’s a great opportunity to exercise both.
6. Your boss said you could.
Well, technically your boss said “work from home.” Like many, you may be claiming your RV as a second home on your taxes, and most of us consider our RV their home away from home. So yes, your boss said you could. Just be sure you have considered these important things for reliable mobile internet.
7. Get away from the madness.
Generally, when holed up in a campground, life moves at a slower pace. We tend to check our phones less frequently and watch less TV. Now would be a good time to slow things down, take a deep breath and read a book. Or perhaps, take a camp nap in a hammock outside, dreaming about endless rolls of toilet paper and pallets full of bottled water.
8. Do it for the kids.
Those with children are no doubt struggling to explain this pandemic to their kids. Take this opportunity to go and spend some quality time with them. Most likely they won’t be going back to school right away, so take their minds off the world’s problems and take them RVing.
9. Because you can.
Rarely does something intercept the arc of the mundane and afford us the opportunity to radically change our daily lives without any notice or planning. As sudden and scary as it may seem, you may now find yourself with time on your hands.
Why sit at home and worry? Go camping. Hike your stress away on a nature trail. Burn your fears, and marshmallows, with a campfire. Stoke the embers of your creative mind while you have this rare downtime. When life returns to normal, what will you do to improve the quality of life for you and your family?
10. It’s not the end of the world (yet).
With each new outbreak, there is a sense of panic. Whether Swine flu, SARS, or COVID-19, the world inevitably moves on. That’s not to say that tragically, people do not die, which is a primary reason to self-quarantine. But it is to say that you should plan on living and moving forward. Sometimes a little alone time and seclusion can put your life, and your belief system, in perspective.
As outbreaks like coronavirus continue to unfold, traditional vacation options that often incorporate hundreds or even thousands of people together in one place will quickly lose favor. RVing promises to be the next best alternative.
Most RVers are already familiar with the benefits of RVing. While for some it is a hobby, for others it is a lifestyle. No matter what your prevalence, the time to RV is now.
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