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With COVID-19 throwing our lives and travel plans into chaos, it can be difficult for many RVers to get accurate, up to date information on the areas that may impact you. In this RV Resource Roundup FAQ for COVID-19, we pulled together a series of official news sources and useful links to news updates, campground closures, RV parks that are open and accepting displaced full time RVers, border closures and much more.

These should help point you in the right direction of finding the answers to some of your most frequently asked questions. And get the latest information, direct from the source (in many cases). Try checking these links first to find your own accurate answers, before asking random strangers in Facebook groups or getting misled, confused or upset by rumors. Check the source of all news updates before sharing to help keep the flow of accurate information. (Not easy when it’s constantly changing, but let’s try!)

We hope this article and the info we shared helps you understand how this situation may impact you, so you can make the best decisions for you and your family. We can ALL make a difference in beating this. TOGETHER.

Because of the volume of information covered in this post, we’ve laid it out in an FAQ style, by category. When you see the question, just click on the arrow to get the answer with relevant links to get more detail.

Remember, this situation – and the information – is changing rapidly. So while you will find source links shared here, you may need to visit those sites directly to get the very latest updates.

Disclaimer: Please note we are NOT coronavirus or COVID-19 experts. Nor are we an official news source. We are experienced full-time RVers who have spent a lot of time trying to find many of these answers for ourselves. We thought it may be useful to share what we found here with you, too. Many of the links we have shared are from official government bodies, reputable media news outlets or trusted RV camping websites. This information is subject to change at any time, without notice. 

Help us help you!

This article is dynamic and may change often. Please send us other questions you may have, and share other resources that we can add to this roundup article. Please leave a comment on this post or email us. This is a team effort, so THANK YOU!

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I'm a full-time RVer or out in my RV on a trip right now. What should I do?

Follow the latest instructions as issued federally or by the state or county where you are located. Some areas are closing non-essential businesses and some are imposing lockdowns. This situation is changing quickly and often, so check for local updates.

Check the other sections below for links and resources on campground closures, travel restrictions, and where to find a place to stay.

While specifics may vary between regions, here is a general guideline and good practice to follow right now:

Stay at home / in your RV – if you are a full-time RVer or currently on a trip, plan to stay put and inside for the next 15-30 days at least. The timeline will vary, depending on where you are, and how the situation unfolds.

Go home – if you are not a full time RVer and you have a home to return to where you would feel safer, it may be time to head back home and hunker down until this is all over. Drive as directly and safely as you can. Unfortunately, this is not a time for stopping and sightseeing like you normally would.

Shelter where you are – if you are full time RVer – or if it is not preferred or not possible for you to return home – try to extend your stay where you are currently, up to the end of April (or even May), if at all possible. Reasonable monthly rates can usually be found. See resources listed in sections below.

Move to another location – if you cannot stay where you are, relocate to another place where you CAN stay for an extended period. Many options for finding these places are provided via links in the sections below.

Find an Airbnb or extended stay hotel – if you cannot find a place to park your RV, consider putting it into storage and staying at an Airbnb or extended stay hotel or apartment for the next month or two. Many will be offering deals as most people are not traveling right now.

Find a boondocking spot – if you are willing and able to dry camp without hookups, and there are suitable areas near you where you can do that, this is a great way to self isolate.

In a nutshell, the sooner you can get yourself settled into one place and hunker down, the better. You will be less stressed, safer (along with everyone else) and can prepare for the weeks/months ahead.

Check the other sections below for links and resources to learn about campground closures and where to find a place to stay.

Also check your local state / county website or news sources for up to date information on the status where you are located (or where you are traveling to/through).

Is it a good idea to take my RV out on a trip right now?

No. This is not the time for vacations or camping trips.

We are all advised to avoid discretionary travel for at least the next 15 days. Plan for 30 days. And it could be even longer. Keep an eye on news updates for the latest, as this situation continued to develop – rapidly!

If you are a snowbird or on vacation, and have a home to go to, it is advisable to return home, if possible.

However, if you are a full-time RVer, stay where you are (if possible) or get to a place where you can hunker down for a while.

Keep reading for more links and suggestions for how and where you can do that.

Are National Parks Closing? Where can I find updates??

At the moment, most national parks and monuments (not all) remain open, but with limited amenities.

See the National Park Services general statement on the NPS website here:

https://www.nps.gov/aboutus/news/public-health-update.htm

Some National Parks may have changes to park and facility operations. It is best to check with individual parks to find their policy updates, as these can change at any time:

https://www.nps.gov/findapark/index.htm

Go to the Active Alerts page to find the latest closures or change in operations in each state and park: https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/alerts.htm?s=

Just enter the State, Alert Type, and Select Park for the latest information.

Also, check specific national park websites and their social media channels (Facebook, Twitter are usually the best) for the most up to date information.

Daily updates on campground closures are also being added daily to these RV and camping pages:

Campendium – USA campground closures: https://www.campendium.com/camping/covid-19-state-by-state-campground-closures-responses

Campendium – Canada campground closures: https://www.campendium.com/camping/province-by-province-campground-closures-responses-in-canada-due-to-covid-19

Rootless Living – Coronavirus Park Closures: https://www.rootlessliving.com/coronavirus-park-closures

Which State Park and County Campgrounds are open / closed?

Here are a couple of great resources that are updating the list of campground closures on a regular basis. Check them for the latest. 

Campendium:

Find USA campground closures, state by state here:

https://www.campendium.com/camping/covid-19-state-by-state-campground-closures-responses

Find Canada campground closures, state by state here:

https://www.campendium.com/camping/province-by-province-campground-closures-responses-in-canada-due-to-covid-19

Rootless Living Magazine:

https://www.rootlessliving.com/coronavirus-park-closures

Also check the website for the state or city you are looking for, as they should have a COVID-19 status update on their website.

I have a camping reservation through Recreation.gov. Will it be cancelled?

Camping reservations for many state (and other) parks can be reserved through the Recreation.gov website: http://www.Recreation.gov 

If a park is closing, and you have a reservation during that time, the park will contact you by email to cancel your reservation and issue a refund.

If you do not hear from them by email, your reservation remains intact, unless they contact you otherwise.

Here is the official notice from Recreation.gov:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Recreation.gov is committed to the health and safety of all recreational visitors and our staff. We are closely monitoring the situation and working with our participating agencies to respond to current conditions. We are also adapting to this situation as it quickly evolves. At this time, there are no changes to our refund policy or procedures. If you have a reservation at a location that has been closed by local management, you’ll receive an email with more information. There is no need for you to call the contact center. You can find FAQs, our reservation policy, and other updates below.

More FAQ about this and their cancellation policy can be found here: https://recreationonestopprod.service-now.com

Where can I find news updates on National Forests?

Here is the website for National Forests: 

https://www.fs.usda.gov

On the right side of the screen, enter the state and forest/grassland you are looking for, to check the latest alerts.

You can also find some National Forest updates here: https://www.campendium.com/camping/covid-19-state-by-state-campground-closures-responses

Is BLM land still open?

As at March 19, BLM is temporarily suspending the collection of all entrance fees until further notice. Other fees (eg. camping, rentals) remain in effect.

Much BLM land still remains open to the public. In-person public access at some visitor centers and public rooms may be restricted.

Here is the official Bureau of Land Management (BLM) website: https://www.blm.gov

Here is the page about BLM camping, specifically:

https://www.blm.gov/programs/recreation/camping

Here is an example of access restrictions for  the states of Oregon-Washington: https://www.blm.gov/oregon-washington/covid-access-restrictions

As at March 19, Oregon is temporarily suspending all overnight camping from April 3 up to and including May 8.

https://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/2020/03/19/oregon-closes-campgrounds-statewide-halt-spread-coronavirus/2875993001

And the latest from California: https://www.blm.gov/alert/blm-california-restricts-person-access-visitor-centers-and-public-rooms

To find out the latest in your area/state, trying googling BLM and your state (or specific area) for updates.

The Coronavirus FAQ page on the BLM website goes here: https://www.usda.gov/coronavirus

Are Corps of Engineers (COE) Parks Staying Open?

No. US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is closing all USACE-managed COE campgrounds to protect against the further spread of coronavirus.

See announcement on COE parks here: https://www.usace.army.mil/Media/News-Releases/News-Release-Article-View/Article/2120221/army-corps-of-engineers-modifying-operations-at-recreation-areas-due-to-coronav

If you have a reservation:

Individuals with paid camping reservations will be contacted by email and full refunds will automatically be processed by Recreation.gov with no cancellation fees. Individuals should not contact Recreation.gov to request a refund as that will lead to a cancellation fee being charged.

To get the latest news on each park, visit their website: https://www.usace.army.mil/Coronavirus

Go to the website > then select LOCATIONS from the top nav menu > then Divisions > then the location you are looking for.

Also visit their Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/USACEHQ

The complete list of COE recreation areas can be found here:

https://corpslakes.erdc.dren.mil/visitors/visitors.cfm

Daily updates are also being added to these RV and camping pages dedicated to helping RVers during the coronavirus situation:

Campendium: https://www.campendium.com/camping/covid-19-state-by-state-campground-closures-responses

Rootless Living: https://www.rootlessliving.com/coronavirus-park-closures

Are Florida Water Management and Wildlife Management Areas Open?

Please see updates and links on the following:

Florida Water Management Districts

Camping on all Florida Water Management Districts is now closed until further notice.

Here are links to all of Florida’s Water Management Districts can be found here (there are 5):

https://floridadep.gov/water-policy/water-policy/content/water-management-districts

Florida Wildlife Management Areas

All campgrounds that require a permit are closed but dispersed wilderness camping where no permit is required is still allowed in groups of less than 10. Learn more here:

https://myfwc.com/recreation/camping

Daily updates are also being added to these RV and camping pages:

Campendium – USA campground closures: https://www.campendium.com/camping/covid-19-state-by-state-campground-closures-responses

Rootless Living – Coronavirus Park Closures: https://www.rootlessliving.com/coronavirus-park-closures

Are campgrounds staying open? Are they considered life-essential services?

There are over 20,000 RV parks and campgrounds across North America. And while some are closing, many remain open.

Your best bet (if possible) is to try and extend your stay where you are already. If that is not possible, find a privately owned campground that is staying open. It is a good idea to look for campgrounds that accommodate RVers year-round (annual residents) as they would be considered life-essential, thus less susceptible to being closed down.

During this time, campground policies are changing quickly. It is wise to call ahead before traveling to your destination. And consider booking a stay until end of April at least, and even the end of May.

Find RV parks and campgrounds at:

http://www.campendium.com – this now has a “Filter” feature  to enable you to find open campgrounds by using the search box to locate a desired area. Then select the filter to “exclude temporarily closed locations.”

http://wherecanicampnow.com – find RV parks that are taking full time RVers NOW amidst the COVID-19 situation. Powered by CampgroundViews.com, they are actively vetting and adding parks.

http://www.campgroundreviews.com

http://www.campgroundviews.com

You can also join this Facebook Group for Displaced Nomads and RVers, to request help or find RV parks or private property where you can hunker down for a while (potentially until the end of May).

https://www.facebook.com/groups/DisplacedNomadsandRVers

Where can I find campgrounds to stay at?

While many public campgrounds are closing – some private ones too – there are also many that are staying open.

Find campgrounds at:

http://www.campendium.com – they have a filter feature to ‘exclude temporarily closed locations’

http://wherecanicampnow.com – find RV parks that are taking full time RVers NOW amidst the COVID-19 situation. Powered by CampgroundViews.com, they are actively vetting and adding parks.

http://www.campgroundreviews.com

http://www.campgroundviews.com

Daily updates are also being added to these RV and camping pages dedicated to helping RVers during the coronavirus situation:

Campendium – USA campground closures: https://www.campendium.com/camping/covid-19-state-by-state-campground-closures-responses

Campendium – Canada campground closures: https://www.campendium.com/camping/province-by-province-campground-closures-responses-in-canada-due-to-covid-19

Rootless Living – Extended Stay Parks: https://www.rootlessliving.com/extended-stay-parks-covid-19

Rootless Living – Coronavirus Park Closures: https://www.rootlessliving.com/coronavirus-park-closures

What about Thousand Trails? Are their campgrounds open?

So far, we have not heard of any TT campgrounds closing. However, campgrounds have canceled activities and closed many amenities for public health reasons.

Here is the official Thousand Trails COVID-19 Status Update from their website:

https://rvonthego.com/coronavirus-status

This week, Monroe County in Florida asked tourists to leave (eg. Sunshine Key RV Resort). “The only exception is for long-term renters in vacation homes and R/V parks with contracts of 28 days or more, who are presently in the Keys,” they wrote. “They are to be allowed to remain until the conclusion of their contracts.”

You can read the notice here: https://www.monroecounty-fl.gov/1169/COVID-19-Coronavirus

Meanwhile, a mandate from the Governor of Pennsylvania caused TT PA parks to close, but they have since re-opened.

Here is the announcement: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/all-non-life-sustaining-businesses-in-pennsylvania-to-close-physical-locations-as-of-8-pm-today-to-slow-spread-of-covid-19

If you hear of any TT park closures – and can provide an official link from the source to verify – please share it with us by leaving a comment with the link on this article.

Are KOA – Kampgrounds of America - open?

Most KOA’s are open and operating. However, some have closed due to local government shutdowns. At the time of writing, there are six (6) KOA properties closed temporarily.

Visit this link for more KOA Kampground Updates and details of the closed parks and dates:

https://koa.com/blog/update-on-covid-19

If you need to cancel a reservation, KOA has advised they are not charging the usual $10 cancellation fee at this time.

Can I stay at Harvest Hosts locations?
As each Host in the Harvest Hosts program is run by an independent operator, please call ahead to find out availability and policy.

Read this article from Harvest Hosts:

https://harvesthosts.com/rv-camping/coronavirus-dont-panic-be-prudent

You can join Harvests Hosts here.

Can I stay with Boondockers Welcome hosts?

It is the sole discretion of Boondockers Welcome hosts whether or not they are willing to accept RVers to stay at this (or any) time.

We recommend reading this article for more detail and advice on how to handle a stay:

https://www.boondockerswelcome.com/blog/2020/03/12/rvers-and-coronavirus

Can I stay at Casinos?

Policies will depend on each casino, so call or visit their website for updates. If the casino is still open for business, you may be allowed to park in the parking lot (space permitting), but if the casino is closed, most likely you will not. 

Find Casinos that may accept RVers here: https://www.casinocamper.com

Can I stay at Walmart, Cracker Barrel, Cabela's etc?

Some are still open to RVers for an overnight stay, however reports are that many locations are crowded with RVers are the moment. Especially at Walmart, where truckers often park overnight to rest. If possible, try to park your RV elsewhere (eg. a private campground) to allow room for the truckers who don’t have that option. They are transporting our medical, food and toilet paper supplies!

Here is Walmart’s response to COVID-19 and latest news updates: https://corporate.walmart.com/coronavirus

Find Walmart locations using the Allstays app.

Cracker Barrel’s COVID-19 statement: https://crackerbarrel.com/response

Find a Cracker Barrel location here: https://crackerbarrel.com/locations

Cabela’s does not appear to have a COVID-19 statement on their website at this time.

Can you stay overnight?

It depends on the store and location. So call ahead to the location you want to visit to get permission from the manager. And Remember to patronize their business!

Where can I find private land to park my RV?

Join this Facebook Group for Displaced Nomads and RVers. Private land owners and RV Parks alike are sharing information and updates on availability.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/DisplacedNomadsandRVers

You might also find a camping solution at one of these properties offered by Hipcamp:

https://www.hipcamp.com

HELP! I can't find anywhere to stay in my RV. What can I do?

If you are unable to extend your stay where you currently are, have been asked to leave, or had a reservation cancelled, try these options.

  1. Reach out to family and friends who may have land or a parking space where you can stay for a while in your RV and self isolate.
  2. Find RV parks that are taking full-time RVers now amidst the COVID-19 situation at: http://wherecanicampnow.com  Powered by CampgroundViews.com, they are actively vetting and adding parks.
  3. Check for privately owned RV parks and campgrounds that ARE open, using sites like campendium.com (they have a filter feature) campgroundreviews.com and campgroundviews.com
  4. Join this Facebook Group for Displaced Nomads and RVers, to request help or find RV parks or private property where you can hunker down and be safe.
  5. Consider finding an Airbnb or Extended Stay hotel where you can hunker down for a month or two. Competitive rates are likely to be found as very few people are traveling right now.
Are campgrounds and RV parks still open?

Some are and some are not.

Please see the separate sections above for more information government operated facilities (eg. national parks, state parks, national forest, BLM, COE parks etc)

And please also refer to the section above on privately owned campgrounds, to see links and updates.

You can also find campgrounds en route using the RVLIFE app and RV Trip Wizard.

Are gas stations and truck stops still open?

Yes, these are considered life supporting services. And truckers need to fuel up when transporting goods across the country.  

Get the latest COVID-19 updates from these major fuel stations:

Love’s: https://www.loves.com/covid19

Pilot/Flying J: https://pilotflyingj.com/covid-response

Discount fuel card (for diesel) – learn more.

You can plan your route and find gas stations (and campgrounds) along your route using RV Trip Wizard.

Are Rest Areas open?

Check local DOT and Turnpike Commissions for your state(s) to the latest updates. While it is true that some rest areas (eg. PA) closed this week, many reopened in response to protests by truckers and shippers. Many rest stops remain open, some with limited facilities.

As this situation is changing regularly, check your local DOT websites for each state, to see the latest. Eg. at the time of publishing, Florida rest areas remain open. If at all possible, try to leave the rest areas for truckers to use, especially where overnight parking is allowed. And look for a private campground instead.

Is there a curfew on driving?
Some counties are starting to enact driving curfews (eg. Orange County, FL between 11pm – 5am) until further notice.

It is possible other counties and states may follow with a curfew.

See announcement from Orange County, FL Mayor’s office here: https://newsroom.ocfl.net

Keep an eye on your local government office for news updates – sign up for email updates and follow on social media.

Where can I find official news updates about USA Travel Restrictions?

The US Department of State has travel-specific updates on their website, including a Global Level 4 Health Advisory Warning. This is for ALL types of travel.

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/travel-advisory-alert-global-level-4-health-advisory-issue.html

Also visit the US Department of Homeland Security website for coronavirus news:

https://www.dhs.gov/coronavirus

Is the US-Canadian Border Closed? Can I get home?

By mutual agreement between the USA and Canada, the northern border will temporarily be closed to non-essential traffic. Canadian residents can still go home, but will need to self quarantine for 14 days upon return.

Here is the official notice from the Canadian Government, regarding travel and what to expect when you return home and cross the border.

https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/travel-health-notices/221

Canadian Snowbirds Association: https://www.snowbirds.org

Canadian Snowbirds in Florida Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/545589952137975

Snowbirds Arizona Facebook Group
http://www.facebook.com/snowbirdsarizona

I'm a Canadian RVer in the USA. What do I need to know?

Here is the official notice from the Canadian Government, regarding travel and what do expect when you return home and cross the border.

https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/travel-health-notices/221

canadian snowbirds association

canadian snowbirds in florida fb group

Are Canadian Parks open? (Parks Canada)
Parks Canada is temporarily suspending all visitor services in all national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas across the country until further notice.

Find out more here:

https://www.canada.ca/en/parks-canada/news/2020/03/parks-canada-temporarily-suspends-all-visitor-services-across-the-country-until-further-notice.html

What about border closures between USA and Mexico?
As with Canada, the USA and Mexico have also implemented new rules at ports of entry to suspend non-essential travel (and will not impede lawful trade and commerce.)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/news/2020/03/19/u-s-mexico-officials-look-ban-non-essential-travel-across-border/2874497001

Where can I find official updates on the Coronavirus?

Here are official websites providing updates on the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. (Not RV specific).

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): http://www.cdc.gov

World Health Organization (WHO): https://www.who.int

USA Government: https://www.usa.gov/coronavirus

https://www.coronavirus.gov

Live Coronavirus Updates:

https://www.livescience.com/topics/live/coronavirus-live-updates

You can also find local updates at your county or state government websites.

Also visit FEMA pages, including their rumor control page:

Fema website – coronavirus

Fema on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/FEMA

Other Useful Resources

In keeping up to date with what’s been happening, we have found some other videos, blog posts and resources that we think you may find helpful.

RVLife.com – regular RV related news articles, with their Coronavirus updates rounded up here: https://rvlife.com/?s=coronavirus

RVLifestyle.com – Mike and Jennifer Wendland just did this great livestream YouTube video.  And offered sound advice to hunker down now here in this post. You can also listen to their podcast on where RVers can go right now, with Mark Koep of CampgroundViews.com

RVTravel.com – read RV related news from Chuck Woodbury’s regular updates and get their latest coronavirus related news stories here.

DrivinandVibin.com – Kyle and Olivia post regular updates on campgrounds, boondocking locations and other RV related content, including park closures.

RVLove.com – We continue to update this post and share more content about RVing. Here is our recent blog post 13 unexpected benefits of living in an RV during Coronavirus.

Living the RV Life Facebook Community: Join our Facebook community and connect with other RVers for virtual company and support.

RVLove Facebook Page: follow us for regular content updates and how we’re dealing with the situation, along with some tips and inspiration.

Follow RVLove on Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter for regular updates.

Subscribe to our RVLove YouTube channel – and watch our YouTube Livestream, where we discussed some ways to deal with this situation as an RVer, and how we can be part of the solution.

And if you need HELP with anything we haven’t covered here, please leave a comment and just ask.

GOT COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS?

If you have a resource you would like us to add (or correct), please leave us a comment with official, accurate links so we can add to this resource. Thank you!

Finally, please be safe. Take care of yourselves. And be kind to people. We’re all in this together.

#STAYATHOME #WASHYOURHANDS

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