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Snowbirds In Limbo As Coronavirus Upends Travel Plans

It’s pretty rare to see news about Snowbirds outside of travel or RV oriented media, but the current coronavirus crisis has caused the political press to take note. Snowbirds In Limbo As Coronavirus Upends Travel Plans:Retired Americans and Canadians who spend winters in the southern U.S. are stuck in limbo as the coronavirus pandemic has forced them to re-evaluate where to live the next few months. The group, commonly known as snowbirds, is questioning whether it is safer to stay in their winter homes or head back north as travel restrictions from Florida to Canada go into effect.Not much in the article that hasn’t been raised here before, but perhaps some awareness will be raised. More at link.
NoVa RT 04/01/20 12:20am Snowbirds
RE: AZ Governor Statement on RV Travel during Stay At Home order

Article is copywrited with all rights reserved so I won't copy/paste, but you can read it hereFair use would certainly allow this excerpt:“In general, if the RV parks are open, nothing prevents a person from moving to one place or another. We understand, for many people, their RV is their home.”
NoVa RT 03/31/20 09:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: Virginia - Stay At Home till June 10th

Why can't Governors be SPECIFIC instead of wishy washy... If I had to guess, I think they were aware that closing private campgrounds would be a hardship on full-timers and the remaining snowbirds heading up I-95, but wanted to discourage others from populating the campgrounds. A reservation ban injects a lot of uncertainty for short-term campers, so many will stay home, and the poor wording may give even more the idea that campgrounds are unavailable. I worked in government for a long time, and there’s usually a reason for choosing ambiguous language.
NoVa RT 03/31/20 06:58pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Virginia - Stay At Home till June 10th

DO you think it makes sense to not allow someone to stay overnight if they have a reservation, but allow them to stay just showing up ?? Maybe I m missing something??????Take another look at the update I added to my last post, which has the Virginia Government referring to campgrounds remaining open. The language certainly isn’t a model of clarity, but when they closed other businesses, they said so. Here they didn’t.
NoVa RT 03/31/20 06:39pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Virginia - Stay At Home till June 10th

You’re quoting the same language I quoted, which refers to a cessation of reservations, not a closure. Elsewhere, the Order says closure when it means closure, so this seems like something else. EDIT: The Virgina Department of Health has this guidance: NOTE: UPDATE – Effective April 1, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Executive Order 55 requires the “cessation of all reservations for overnight stays of less than 14 nights at all privately-owned campgrounds, as defined in § 35.1-1 of the Code of Virginia.” Campground management should cancel all previously-made reservations and not create any additional reservations for overnight stays less than 14 nights. This Order remains in effect until June 10, 2020 (unless the Governor rescinds or amends). All campgrounds remaining open should continue to follow the guidance below.Again, they just refer to reservations, and also mention “campgrounds remaining open” so it doesn’t seem to be a closure order, although it appears that they don’t mind if people interpret it that way. Not the clearest wording, which I suspect was intentional.
NoVa RT 03/31/20 06:14pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Virginia - Stay At Home till June 10th

The order also says private campgrounds are closed to short-term visitors.I don’t believe that is correct. The Order doesn’t include the heading the OP used. The Washington Post also characterizes it as only a ban on reservations:Starting Wednesday, people will no longer be allowed reserve space at Virginia campgrounds to stay overnight. All public beaches will be closed except for exercise and fishing. Residents can still play golf, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) said, but they cannot dwell at a clubhouse.It may not make much sense, but from what I’ve seen it’s just a reservation ban. EDIT: Originally linked to the Governor’s earlier March 23rd Order; link fixed now.
NoVa RT 03/31/20 06:01pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Virginia - Stay At Home till June 10th

The stoppage of ALL overnight stays of less than 14 days at ALL privately Owned Campgrounds... "4. Effective April 1, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., cessation of all reservations for overnight stays of less than 14 nights at all privately-owned campgrounds, as defined in § 35.1-1 of the Code of Virginia." Read that again. The Order only banned campground reservations of less than 14 days. Stays of less than 14 days without reservations are still allowed. This applies to private campgrounds, State Park Campgrounds were already closed. Not sure what the reservation ban is supposed to achieve, but it gives the appearance of action.
NoVa RT 03/31/20 04:59pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Closure Threads

Virginia issued a Shelter In Place/Stay At Home Directive today. One provision of note for campers:Effective April 1, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., cessation of all reservations for overnight stays of less than 14 nights at all privately-owned campgrounds, as defined in § 35.1-1 of the Code of Virginia.Haven’t checked, but I suspect other states, at least in the East, may have similar provisions in their latest issuances. Might be difficult for some snowbirds to get home, but taken literally, the Executive Order just bans reservations of less than 14 days, there’s no ban on non-reserved short-term camping at private campgrounds mentioned. Seems likely to be some confusion for a while. EDIT: Maryland also issued a new Order today that closed all campgrounds and other “Recreational Establishments
NoVa RT 03/30/20 02:57pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Closure Threads

Threads about campground closures aren’t as much about the virus as the logistics for those currently on the road or hoping to be able to camp before too long. Shutting down all the closure threads was an over-reaction. Good to see that policy has been reversed.
NoVa RT 03/29/20 01:45pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Closure Threads

President Trump said at a press conference this afternoon that they were considering closing NYC and some of the surrounding area. He refused to go into details saying it was still being discussed.No quarantine was imposed, but the CDC issued a Travel Advisory urging residents of NY, NJ & CONN to refrain from non-essential travel for 14 days.
NoVa RT 03/28/20 10:11pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Full-time and don't/didn't like it?

My question is, are there many who try full-timing and don't or didn't like it? Surely we can't be the only people that have no interest in this lifestyle.There are a lot of ways to RV, and many folks try more than one, but my guess is that most people who ‘have no interest’ in the full-time lifestyle don’t take it up. My impression, just from reading this forum, is that most who give up full-timing do so because their circumstances change.
NoVa RT 03/27/20 10:33pm General RVing Issues
RE: Can You Pass Through States with Stay at Home Orders?

The highways are open. Any statements to the contrary here are incorrect. Lots of folks are making their way home at this very moment.
NoVa RT 03/23/20 10:40pm General RVing Issues
RE: Reservations cancelled

Maryland is canceling camping reservations prior to May 11, but the parks remain open, with one exception. Virginia State Parks are still open and allowing camping, but I wonder how long that will last. There’s a political aspect to the decision-making, elected officials want to be perceived as ‘doing something’, even if there may be a question as to effectiveness. Not an easy call, but camping at a social distance may be a better alternative for those who can do so.
NoVa RT 03/21/20 02:18pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Bad Time To Sell RV?

Most people don’t make expensive discretionary purchases during times of economic uncertainty, and those who do are often the more well-off looking for a bargain. Remember what happened to RV sales during the Great Recession of 2008-09? An individual seller might get lucky, but overall it’s much more of a buyer’s market.
NoVa RT 03/20/20 10:49am General RVing Issues
RE: Heading Home (North)

I think I need to amend my statement on the first page of this thread that most non-spring training baseball snowbirds were sticking with their original plans. That may have been true when I left on Sunday, 3/15, but a lot changed quickly with parks closing or threatening to. Took my time heading north (why rush to colder weather?), and have been overtaken by heavy RV traffic. Welcome Centers for Georgia, SC & NC had all their RV spaces filled when I went through, and the campgrounds I stayed at were full of close to it. The one I’m at now doesn’t do online reservations (in 2020?), and was too busy to keep up with phone calls most of the day.
NoVa RT 03/18/20 05:56pm Snowbirds
RE: Buy Now or Wait on the Crazyness to Subside??

There are far fewer buyers for costly discretionary purchases during economic uncertainty or a downturn. If you’re in a position to go ahead, you may be able to make a better deal.
NoVa RT 03/15/20 10:29pm General RVing Issues
RE: Heading Home (North)

I’m in West Palm Beach for spring training baseball, which was cancelled, along with many other things, on Thursday. County park campground announced Friday that they would refund fees for those who want to leave early. Although I’m heading out tomorrow, my sense is that most of the non-baseball snowbirds are sticking to their original plans, so far.
NoVa RT 03/14/20 07:43pm Snowbirds
RE: RV Superbag

Is anybody using an RV Superbag? If so, how do you like it? Is it worth it or skip it?Bought one about 6 years ago - it’s still in great shape, looks good, and works for me, although it was a bit pricey. Travasak was out of business at the time, so it was the best available option for me. I believe Travasak was since revived, but I haven’t seen anything here about whether it’s the same folks/quality or just someone buying the name.
NoVa RT 02/17/20 11:46pm Truck Campers
RE: 2020 Mercedes Sprinter based RV's

Mercedes has come out with a gas Sprinter. Are any of the RV manufacturers using it yet?
NoVa RT 01/31/20 07:01pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Camping Lights

I probably don’t get out as much as some here, but while I’ve noticed a lot of variety in campsite lighting, I’ve never seen anything that actually affected me significantly. Maybe I’ve just been lucky, or tolerant, and I generally don’t stay many places that pack people in like sardines. Some folks have very spartan campsites, while others seem to fill the entire space with displays, decorations, outside furniture, canopies, equipment & appliances. Lighting seems like just another aspect of that phenomenon.
NoVa RT 01/19/20 02:51pm General RVing Issues
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