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I’m Planning a Summer RV Trip, Will I Be Shamed?

I’m Planning a Summer RV Trip, Will I Be Shamed?

I’m Planning a Summer RV Trip, Will I Be Shamed?

I have a problem. This summer my family would love to take an RV vacation, but fear we’ll be shamed.

I’m not talking about an RV trip to Yellowstone, Yosemite or Zion. I’m thinking more along the lines of a rustic waterfront RV park between Tennessee and Michigan.

Somewhere my family can enjoy a little nature and a lot of downtime.

Here’s a the issue.

RV Parks or RV Campers: It’s the responsibility of everyone to ensure safety.

Supporting Small Campgrounds vs Supporting Health Efforts

As a full time RVer for the past five years, I’ve grown fond of all the mom & pop campgrounds across America. Sure, my family loves boondocking (also known as free camping). To be honest, a 50/50 split between the two is ideal.

With all that said, we want to support the RV campground industry.

We also want to be responsible humans and not spread a potentially lethal virus.

I think both are possible simultaneously, but I’m not sure it will be perceived that way.

On Facebook, my number one fear-of-shame inducer, commenters constantly shame anyone not staying inside their house.

Will this seep over to summer travel even as travel restrictions are lifted?

Staying Healthy Is a Real Concern

My family’s health is top priority. However, in our stationary situation, we’re still close to many extended family members in our day to day life.

I think once we begin traveling we’ll come into close contact with less people on a daily basis.

We have our masks, hand sanitizer and latex gloves (for pumping gas) in the truck and have made it a habit of using them.

Are our extra safety measures enough to keep us healthy?

Traveling Anonymously for Summer RV Trips

At Drivin’ & Vibin’ (between our YouTube channel, social media & website) we reach over 10,000,000 people every year. That’s a number I can’t even grasp.

However, it scares the crap out of when it comes to being judged (or even shamed).

We’d normally share our travels, host meet ups and love seeing the Vibe Tribe on the road. This year, though, I almost feel like traveling should be on the down low.

Obviously, we wouldn’t host meet ups or gatherings, but simply sharing our travels online seems distasteful.

What Are RV Campers Saying?

We asked our online community (on Facebook & Instagram) is they think summer RV travel is shameful.

The results were resounding.

Of the 500+ RV enthusiasts we surveyed, only 9% said RV camping this summer is shameful.

Many shared the sentiment that it is good for local economies. Others agreed that life must go on. A handful said it was too soon to tell.

Let us know what you think in the comment section.

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Sunday 17th of May 2020

The challenge is in successfully managing the risk:

A. how to lower the probability of becoming infected (symptomatically or asymptomatically) or (knowingly/unknowingly) infecting someone else; and,

B. if you or someone traveling with you becomes infected, how to help them while (1) not becoming infected yourself and/or (2) not overburdening limited health resources that may be available in a rural community; and

C. Complying with local quarantine and isolation standards

Bill & Jeri RV Travels

Friday 15th of May 2020

We are in our early 70’s and in good health and the way I see it our time left to get to travel and see the sites in our Montana are getting shorter all the time. We are currently camping at a couple of state parks in Georgia (we’re from NE Florida) and all the campsites are spaced well apart and fellow campers maintain distance from other campers. We have a trip planned in July-August for Colorado and points north and will be going. Shamers? Ha. Who cares? If people are that scared let them stay behind their locked doors and hide at home, then our traveling will not affect them. I don’t call hiding in your home living, so what’s the point? At least some of us are willing to help get the economy going again, hopefully before this country enters a full blown depression.


Friday 15th of May 2020

My husband and I were at a KOA in Montana last weekend and it was completely full. Even though the sites are pretty close, we never got within 10 feet of anyone else and felt very safe. We will be doing a lot of camping this summer with 90% of it keeping to our home state of Montana (50/50 between boondocking and staying at KOA's or mom & pop campgrounds). As others have mentioned, do be aware of restrictions in the states you will be travelling to but by all means, GO! Have fun, and take care!!

Deborah Kerr

Monday 4th of May 2020

Hello there :) We will definitely be traveling this summer-and I encourage all of our travel vloggers to do so and SHARE SHARE SHARE!! You all help us get through this - it's not like you are out there protesting in front of the Statehouse and ignoring physical distance (uhm I live in Ohio)! All of the vloggers that I follow are extremely smart, common-sense people - maybe all of your followers are waiting for y'all to lead the way for us!! What does it look like out there in America the beautiful right now anyhow?!??!! Thank you for asking btw!!


Monday 4th of May 2020

Not a RV traveler but a vanlifer. I am traveling to Tennessee on my way to Michigan mid june. I believe if we practice safety first we should be good to go. Always carry masks, gloves,hand sanitizer and lysol. Safe travels

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