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RE: Yellowstone Lodges and Campgrounds to open in June

Maybe the nightly camping fees will come way down.Why? If business is off 80% to begin with, why lose even more revenue by cutting prices? Saving ten bucks on an RV site won't induce people to suddenly take a major vacation. Restrictions, closures and fear are are what has shut down travel, not RV site prices.
westernrvparkowner 04/25/20 10:56am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Yellowstone Lodges and Campgrounds to open in June

westernrvparkowner, after reading your doom and gloom report, I thought early on that I read an article about the neighbors of those business's. Sure enough I did. https://www.ktvq.com/news/coronavirus/neighboring-counties-ask-yellowstone-national-park-to-closeYes,it is very easy to put someone else out of business. I don't believe the county health officials are missing a single paycheck. And I bet all the retirees and other posters on these forums advocating erring on the side of safety would feel a bit different about shutting everything down if the shutdown included draining their savings and retirement accounts. I'm not even a year into retirement and I've put off a remodel on my home, my stocks took a big hit, and my income from the sale of my business in NY is declining, perhaps never to return, and I'm fully behind whatever measures need to be implemented to reduce the first wave and eliminate a 2nd or 3rd wave. This disease is waiting for us to get complacent. I'm here in Idaho where we had the highest rate of infection in the US, #8 now, I think, so having people swirling around singing kumbya in yellowstone is a scary thought if I was a local working or owning in the tourist biz. Money is not worth dying over. If Yellowstone is close to empty and people feel safe I think you'll find many more people w/in 500 miles taking advantage. One thing I'm sure of is if we get a 2nd wave that will put the brakes on the entire season. Would love to visit there - last time for me was fighting the big one back in '88.When you see your net worth go from multiple 7 figures to possibly nothing in the span of three months perhaps your perspective would have changed. Currently less than 1/3 of one percent of the US population have tested positive for COVID. The death toll is currently just over 1/100th of one percent of the population. People are actually not dropping dead in the streets. The big national parks in the west are about the easiest places in the country for people to social distance. The big concern that shut down the parks in the first place was congestion at the entrances. For some reason the simple solution of suspending entrance fees and letting people just drive in didn't occur to the highly paid park officials.
westernrvparkowner 04/24/20 10:50pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Yellowstone Lodges and Campgrounds to open in June

westernrvparkowner, after reading your doom and gloom report, I thought early on that I read an article about the neighbors of those business's. Sure enough I did. https://www.ktvq.com/news/coronavirus/neighboring-counties-ask-yellowstone-national-park-to-closeYes,it is very easy to put someone else out of business. I don't believe the county health officials are missing a single paycheck. And I bet all the retirees and other posters on these forums advocating erring on the side of safety would feel a bit different about shutting everything down if the shutdown included draining their savings and retirement accounts.
westernrvparkowner 04/24/20 03:47pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Yellowstone Lodges and Campgrounds to open in June

While it is a shame that seasonal businesses will be dealt a huge blow, I would be more apt to play it safe with employees and guests. A bank will understand the late or non-payments, the families of dead people won't forget. I really wish there was an alternative, a magic cure-all.If only it was as simple as the bank will understand. Unfortunately, the banks have to abide by banking regulations and those unpaid payments will put those loans into non-performing status, decreasing the banks reserves. If the bank has a large number of these non-performing loans, which is likely for the community banks in seasonal tourist areas, they run the risk of being declared a failed institution and have their assets (the loans) liquidated. Even worse, the value of those businesses are likely to have fallen by 25% or more, erasing the equity those business owners have in the business and making refinancing those loans impossible. Unlike retirees who really haven't lost anything but time in the shutdown, or employees who will either return to their job in a few months or will find other employment should their jobs not return, many seasonal business owners are likely to lose their businesses and their life savings. For those people that is a staggeringly high price to pay in the interests of possibly preventing the spread of a virus we still have no idea of it's actual morbidity.
westernrvparkowner 04/24/20 03:41pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Yellowstone Lodges and Campgrounds to open in June

The shutdown is going to bankrupt many businesses in the Yellowstone area. West Yellowstone and Gardiner Montana are almost exclusively Yellowstone tourist oriented. With only a partial opening of the park beginning in mid June businesses in those towns are going to lose nearly the entire season. Even if the park begins to open June 15th, and that is not an etched in stone given, visitation is going to be very slow to return. A huge number of reservations have already been cancelled for the year. Yellowstone is not a spur of the moment vacation option, most people plan such a trip months in advance. A significant percentage of Yellowstone visitations are foreign travelers, it is doubtful any foreign visitations will occur this year. Many potential visitors will decide visiting the park when there is only limited services is not a good idea and will delay a Yellowstone trip into the future. Fears of the virus will keep still others at home. Businesses that operate in the Gateway towns make almost all their revenues during the 5 months of May thru September. A loss of a significant part of those 5 months means they have no hope of recovery until over a year from now. Yet much of their overhead will continue. Rent and loans will still have to be paid. Property taxes aren't going to be forgiven or reduced. And even looking ahead to 2021 does anyone really feel comfortable betting that everything will be back the way it was before the pandemic? How many people really have the financial assets to go an entire year without income and not even have the secure knowledge that things will return to normal after that year? For summer seasonal businesses across the country this shutdown will likely be a fatal blow.
westernrvparkowner 04/24/20 10:04am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Gas Prices and Exchange Rates

Gotta love it as a consumer but the oil and gas industry is taking a huge hit putting many out of work at a difficult time. There is no free lunch.The change the OP is talking about is very BAD for the consumers in Mexico. He is benefiting only because his primary funds are in US currency. The weakening of the peso makes all items imported into Mexico more expensive for the locals.
westernrvparkowner 04/22/20 02:10pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: hipcamp.com ? It's taking reservations during pandemic

If they are taking reservations for locations where such reservations are prohibited, it says a lot about the integrity of the website and the individuals who are renting those sites.
westernrvparkowner 04/22/20 09:52am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: HOA says NO to temp RV for Dr.

Maybe the HOA board is a thankless because they act like a bunch of nazis telling people how long they can have their door open.I guess the honeymoon is over. You loved moving in on that tree lined street clear of cars, perfect yards, garages closed, community pool and all the rest. Then you pull in your RV and there are ten complaints. What should they do? I live in a very nice and desireable neighborhood, but it isnt sterile. I couldnt care less if someones garage is open or if they park their car on the street. Perfect yard? Who cares! Kids playing on the street....super! Hey, if you want to live in a Stepford community, thats your business, but its not, in my mind, a desirable place to live, nor do i want to live where someone is breathing down my neck telling me to close my garage door or tell me i cant plant a particular flower because it doesnt meet their expectations. Thats crazy. OK, OK, I get it. The consensus of opinion on this forum is that HOA's are pretty much the work of the devil himself. I'm sure some of them....plenty of them...are indeed horrific. However, being in Real Estate since the mid-1980's, I've pretty much seen it all. The good and the bad. Believe me, there are plenty of both. For a small monthly fee, I personally love the idea that the entrance to my neighborhood and all common areas are meticulous. I like the idea that my lawn and my landscaping are perfect -- without me having to lift a finger. I love the idea that four doors down is a beautiful impeccably-maintained pool, again, without me having to lift a finger to maintain it. Yes, to each his own, and we can agree to disagree, because what's of value to some of us (especially those of us with physical limitations) is not valuable to others.....that's the beauty of it all :)I agree, in many situations HOAs are both an asset and almost a necessity. With many years of dealing with the public, I can attest to the fact that some people justify saying or doing anything if it serves their purposes. I can easily envision the HOA having a multiple homeowners wanting to park RVs under the pretense they are "medical workers". Fact is, people will lie to get what they want. Not really any different than the entitled people who pawn off their pets as "service animals" to take them to places they otherwise wouldn't be allowed. To the incident mentioned in this post, why does the guy have to park in his driveway? If he is actually isolating himself from his family, he can park it at a RV park. Maybe the hospital will let him set up in the parking lot. He really doesn't need to be in the driveway since he is isolating, which means not having contact with those in the house. We know nothing about the history between the HOA and the home owners. Maybe there has been ongoing issues either with this specific homeowner or another owner or two and the HOA knows it will open a huge can of worms if they now make an exception. Sometimes it isn't worth the risk to take even a peek inside Pandora's box.
westernrvparkowner 04/22/20 09:48am General RVing Issues
RE: And Texas Caves In

Those with underlying health concerns you know who you and they are. Keep them isolated til this blows over. Simple as that as those are the ones actually dying. So far we haven't managed to do that very well. Lots of people dying in nursing homes. I suspect the reason is,those places dont get any fresh air especialy in winter,just keep recirculating stale air full of viruses. One person gets sick and many others catch it too. Same thing hapened on those Cruise ships. All AC ducts are conected,just like in the house heating systems. one of my friends likes to go on cruise w his wife and he always complains how bad the air is in the cabin, the air conditioners must have some mold growing in the ducts most likely "Lots" of people dying in nursing homes is because lots of people in nursing homes are elderly and/or have underlying medical conditions which are exactly this virus' targets. Also, the ones with large death rates are the only ones making the news so it creates observation bias. My question is how many nursing homes are doing just fine with the proper precautions?Before COVID the average stay in a nursing home, not counting those in the home for recovery care for things like a hip replacement, is less than 3 years. Since long term nursing care residents don't generally recover and return home that means 1/3 of nursing home residents die each year COVID not withstanding. They are the one of the most likely places for people to die, probably only trailing Hospice facilities.
westernrvparkowner 04/19/20 09:26am General RVing Issues
RE: How much off MSRP now?

The economics of pricing are much more complicated than just lower demand equals lower prices. First, sellers cannot a product for less than cost and stay in business. Vehicle sellers often finance their inventory and have to pay the balance owed on each vehicle at time of sale. That means a dealer would have to pay out of their financial reserves to sell a vehicle below cost. Second, sellers know that within the laws of supply and demand, there is elasticity of demand to consider. Some products are very price sensitive. People will probably buy a lot more pizzas if the price falls to $3.00 and very few if the price rises to $300. On the other hand, the price of insulin really doesn't matter. People with diabetes will pay whatever the sellers are charging, but cheap insulin won't get them any more customers so the price competition is only between the various sellers with no real concern for the demand from buyers. Within the RV sales business, both happen. Lower prices would certainly draw more customers, but the price changes needed to draw those customers may be too extreme for the sellers. Lowering the price of an $80,000 fifth wheel an additional 5 or 10 percent likely isn't going to motivate someone who is out of the market due to fear of losing their job. It is very likely the dealers are realizing the only people currently buying are those with a need to buy. Buyers such as a full timer who's motorhome had a catastrophic failure or a buyer who wants to flee a virus hotspot and really isn't concerned over the final $5,000 of a transaction. And don't forget the dealers know it is more difficult to actually shop for an RV. Travel to distant dealers is more difficult and may appear to be dangerous to many. They know that there are many people stuck at home with nothing to do, so they shop the RV world on the internet with no real plan to buy today. Dealers know that offering exceptionally low prices today may cost them profits in the future when things open up and buyers return. They won't want to be in a situation where the returning customers waive an email from the dealer offering to sell RVs at a price the dealer only wanted to accept during the shutdown. The dealers are likely going to adopt the policy of "good things come to those who wait".
westernrvparkowner 04/19/20 09:08am General RVing Issues
RE: And Texas Caves In

What current data? Link me up. Show me your data and where it's coming from. CV19 is very close to the flu virus. It IS a virus. All viruses in the past have died out in the summer. Ever hear of the flu season? This is why you hear this statement. So let me get this straight. You think that this is the ONLY virus that won't die out in the summer? The only one? Is that what you are saying? Summer flu outbreak of 1918 may have provided partial protection against lethal fall pandemic A summer outbreak of a novel flu strain; I thought someone said they all die out in the summer Check Australia also. Covid-19 arrived on Jan. 20th in Victoria, Australia and grew exponentially while the high temperatures were up to 95F. Australia has 65 deaths from CV19. 65!!! Link For Christ sake, coconuts falling from trees kill more people!Dang, now I have to cross tropical islands off my ever shrinking travel list. Perhaps in the interest of saving American lives we can kick Hawaii out of the Union. That way when a coconut kills a Hawaiian, it won't be the death of an American.
westernrvparkowner 04/18/20 08:11am General RVing Issues
RE: And Texas Caves In

Do you y'all understand 90% of the workforce is STILL WORKING!!! So that tells me to keeping your distance and practicing personal hygiene and wearing a mask with the people working is working. So get yer asses back to work!!! 90% eh where did you get those stats???? I'm thinking somewhere between 25 and 30% but that is a "guess". Us Labor statistics. 1/1/2020 164,606,000 workforce. Out of work now 22,000,000. Percentage of workforce out of work = .13% 87% of workforce is still working based on latest numbers. BETTER ??????Once again those pesky facts just keep ruining arguments made purely out of emotion. This is the internet afterall, facts shouldn't be allowed.
westernrvparkowner 04/17/20 11:54am General RVing Issues
RE: HOA says NO to temp RV for Dr.

Tough tiddly. Although I appreciate what medical personnel are going through, they purchased that home and agreed to the stipulations. And most likely more to the story, then just a flat no .Almost assuredly this is the true. Too bad we will never hear the other side of the story.
westernrvparkowner 04/17/20 09:18am General RVing Issues
RE: And Texas Caves In

Hi, I'm all for 100% testing. So far, less than 1/2 of one percent have been tested. It appears the virus may be more contagious before symptoms appear than after. I'd love to self test with a sputum at home. I'd love to be one of the folks who had covid 19 with a weak response. The Province of Saskatchewan has just 95 active cases and no one in intensive care--but the Premier has just extended the state of emergency by two weeks. I am happy he did so. Can you provide some context here? Does state of emergency include stay at home orders etc? Does extending by two weeks mean two weeks from now or two weeks from some magical date in the near future? The reason I ask is that the state of emergency in the US does not include stay at home orders. I suspect the state of emergency will go on far longer than the stay at home orders. Meaning, we will start having things open up and we will be allowed to go out but we will still be under a state of emergency. As far a 100% testing goes, someone in this thread or another went over the logistics of that, back of a napkin type calculations. It is just not feasible with the current technology. two weeks from April 15, 2020. It is a Provincial Order (i.e. a State), not Federal. It allows the discretion to go out for essential items but encourages folks to shelter in place. Unnecessary travel is to be avoided. As far as testing, more is better. Saskatchewan has done 20k tests on a population of 1 million. Far too low in my opinion. DNA tests can be done locally now and take 1 hour. But what I truly want is a way to test myself. I hope I answered your question of context adequately.At an hour a test, it will only take 114 years to test all of Saskatchewan. So you get a home test. What are you going to do with the results? Granted, if you test positive you will isolate. But if you are like 99% of the population you are going to test negative. Doesn't mean you can go around and do anything you want, because it doesn't protect you from people who are infected. Even if you decided to take a personal risk, knowing you won't infect others, who is going to believe you? A stranger telling me not to worry because they tested themselves and are clean doesn't instill me with a lot of confidence, because people lie when it is in their self interest. Contact tracing is different, and may be very useful in areas such as yours where there is very low incidents of infection. We may very well be able to isolate future outbreaks, but tracing contacts in the current areas of highest concern, such as New York and New Jersey it impossible. There is no way to track down the millions of people who may have come in contact with the 200,000+ people infected in that area. Testing sounds great on the surface, but it is of little use in stopping a pandemic that has spread this far.
westernrvparkowner 04/16/20 02:47pm General RVing Issues
RE: And Texas Caves In

"The only time I see an advantage, other than to the statisticians, is if you test positive for the active virus and you have no other symptoms. Then you could quarantine yourself until you are no longer a silent carrier. But what are the odds of identifying that silent carrier?" I can't tell what the odds would be to find that carrier with testing. But without testing, the odds of finding him are zero. And without the testing, how can anybody know the risk? You test only the sickest at hospital, a high percentage of positives doesn't tell much. Testing the general population? You get useful info. I think health care workers should be sampled every shift. Because of working with sick they have high probability of exposure. And if they have/not sick/will spread. The store workers, and others should be tested every few days. If positive, stay home, with pay, until clear. The US has a problem most of the world does not have when it comes to controlling this; Example, Mar 10, working as election judge. I packed alcohol and paper towels in lunch bag with plans to wipe pens and tables occasionally thru the day. Knew it would not be 100%, but thought might kill some, maybe just cold/flu. I was told by judges of the other party I could not do when any voters could see, because might influence the vote. Did any virus spread because I didn't wipe? Don't know, no testing.The fastest test today takes about 15 minutes. At any given time the average Walmart has about 100 people working. It would take more than a day to process an 8 hour shift. And even if you tested every employee, what about the customers? They are just as likely to infect others (including those employees who just tested clean) and there is no way to test them before they enter. Testing as a way to actually control the spread is a false promise. Covid19 is something we will just have to adapt to having as a threat, just like many other diseases. The best hope short term is that some of the treatments currently in use prove to be beneficial. Mid term, hopefully those treatments will be refined, augmented and improved. Long term it is hoped that an effective vaccine can be developed. Making it just go away by segregating the population by some kind of testing is not feasible.
westernrvparkowner 04/16/20 11:04am General RVing Issues
RE: And Texas Caves In

A common theme is we need more and more and more testing. Could someone please explain exactly what that will accomplish? A test doesn't cure anyone. The only time I see an advantage, other than to the statisticians, is if you test positive for the active virus and you have no other symptoms. Then you could quarantine yourself until you are no longer a silent carrier. But what are the odds of identifying that silent carrier? Currently only one out of over 500 people in the US have been diagnosed with COVID. That would mean you have to go through a lot of haystacks to find the needles. Testing negative would mean almost nothing. It wouldn't prevent you from future infections. It wouldn't make you less at risk doing anything involving contact with others since you could become infected at any time. Even the momentary relief a person might feel at knowing they are not sick would quickly be extinguished by the knowledge they are just a vulnerable going forward as they were before they were tested. If you have an antibody test and test positive, you probably (though the experts say it isn't a guarantee) have some immunity. While that would give you, as an individual, some comfort I don't see where it is even within the realm of possibility that we create some kind of virus passport and those people become a higher class of citizen able to do things the rest of us are not. If that actually came to pass, people would try to become infected, hoping to recover and gain that preferred status. So unless the goal is create a statistical cover saying the virus is not nearly as dangerous as was thought, testing on a massive scale will not lead us to a much safer environment. It appears to me that calling for widespread testing before action can be taken to open up the economy is a way for the politicians and other decision makers to look and sound like they are doing something and give themselves leverage to delay the inevitable relaxation of restrictions. You open things back up with non-sick people. Sick people stay home. When they get better then they go back to work.So someone had a test two weeks ago and were negative. Means absolutely nothing today. Heck, the entire world was negative four months ago. And again, do you have to have a health certificate to go to work? If you do, why stop at COVID? Make the workplace even safer with tests for all communicable diseases, privacy be darned. It would be nice to know if the receptionist has Herpes or another STD. In that case, it might help the business cut down of Sexual Harassment complanints.
westernrvparkowner 04/16/20 09:59am General RVing Issues
RE: Money from government

You will not receive a direct deposit payment if you PAY your taxes online .They have my bank information to come and get it, but not to give it? That's weird.Many people use third party services to pay their quarterly payments. You probably wouldn't want your stimulus check to go to your accountant or tax service.
westernrvparkowner 04/16/20 09:51am Around the Campfire
RE: And Texas Caves In

A common theme is we need more and more and more testing. Could someone please explain exactly what that will accomplish? A test doesn't cure anyone. The only time I see an advantage, other than to the statisticians, is if you test positive for the active virus and you have no other symptoms. Then you could quarantine yourself until you are no longer a silent carrier. But what are the odds of identifying that silent carrier? Currently only one out of over 500 people in the US have been diagnosed with COVID. That would mean you have to go through a lot of haystacks to find the needles. Testing negative would mean almost nothing. It wouldn't prevent you from future infections. It wouldn't make you less at risk doing anything involving contact with others since you could become infected at any time. Even the momentary relief a person might feel at knowing they are not sick would quickly be extinguished by the knowledge they are just a vulnerable going forward as they were before they were tested. If you have an antibody test and test positive, you probably (though the experts say it isn't a guarantee) have some immunity. While that would give you, as an individual, some comfort I don't see where it is even within the realm of possibility that we create some kind of virus passport and those people become a higher class of citizen able to do things the rest of us are not. If that actually came to pass, people would try to become infected, hoping to recover and gain that preferred status. So unless the goal is create a statistical cover saying the virus is not nearly as dangerous as was thought, testing on a massive scale will not lead us to a much safer environment. It appears to me that calling for widespread testing before action can be taken to open up the economy is a way for the politicians and other decision makers to look and sound like they are doing something and give themselves leverage to delay the inevitable relaxation of restrictions.
westernrvparkowner 04/16/20 08:57am General RVing Issues
RE: take out dining

Franky, I do not believe people who handle the food and related items are immune from COVID-19, so keeping within the Shelter at Home guidelines, I do not get take-out food. Only exception might be a Take-and-Bake Pizza which you can sanitize the cardboard box, dispose of it, and the Pizza gets baked at a virus killing temperature anyway ..... Just my view on the issue.According to the CDC, obesity is one of the biggest risk factors in having COVID progress to a serious outcome. People could just stop eating and kill two birds with one stone, won't get COVID from the carry out food container (which was likely handled less than most packages on the grocery store isles) and eventually obesity will no longer be an factor. Of course that will lead to other problems such as starvation. It is estimated that 9 million people die annually from malnutrition, which makes it currently about 70 times more deadly than COVID, which has killed about 130,000 worldwide. Sometimes you just have to choose your poison.
westernrvparkowner 04/15/20 09:19am Truck Campers
RE: And Texas Caves In

What worries me most is that USA is finding over 1/3 of all new cases world wide, in spite of low testing numbers. That has been going on for some time.The US has performed more tests than any other nation. That is likely the reason there are numerically more cases in the US than elsewhere. Also, the US have multiple times the population of almost all the other countries that are reporting. Only China, which has very questionable data at best and India which is very poor and has very limited testing ability have greater populations than the US. It is, and will continue to be, an impossibility to test all 350 Million citizens. And testing has it's limitations. It only provides a snapshot of infection. You can be tested at noon today and become infected by 12:01 PM. In many ways an increase in cases is good. It shows that herd immunity is becoming closer to a reality. The truly important data is hospital admissions, since that tracks the severe cases. Those have leveled off and are decreasing in many of the worst areas. Millions of new confirmed cases and no hospital admissions would be an ideal scenario.
westernrvparkowner 04/13/20 03:15pm General RVing Issues
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