Campground Closures & Social Distancing

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So with Covid-19 a new term (to me anyway) has popped up called social distancing.
Well, we are full-time and campgrounds are mostly what's available on the east coast. We have National, State, COE parks available through RA app on the phone, but those are only 2 weeks and you have to make them months in advance. Not really convenient for us.
And then someone decided to shut down all the campgrounds.
Is this logical considering the numbers of nomads on the roads these days? For me, I can distance myself socially by staying inside my RV. IMHO
 

Jim

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IMO, No it is not.
 
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I guess I am not sure which camp grounds you're talking about. Yes, state and national CGs and COE are closing. Unfortunately, there are people running the government campgrounds that need to go home and hunker down. They can't if they have to take care of the CG and you. Makes sense to them and me. I have not heard that the private campgrounds are hurrying to close but they are closing amenities to keep socializing to a minimum. Can you not book long term at a private CG (we're still full of snow birds here in FL and they are closing the gov't parks here too). The time is getting close for the herd to head north so there will be plenty of private parks freeing up in the next month. There is always BLM places to go boon dock, I guess that is where I would head.
 
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As I mentioned in another post, we as full timers have to get plan B and maybe even plan C ready as this thing gets cranked up.

Yesterday I communicated with the Director of a Park District who owns/operates a campground that we were heading to up north next month. We had planned on staying there from around May to September. He said at this time they plan on keeping the campground up and running. But like everything else recently, this could change from day to day.

We are shoring up our plan B just in case. Worse case we will turn to plan C, which is returning to our annual site in central Florida. I still think it will be easier to get through all of this being full time in our coach rather than being back in a sticknbrick right now.
 
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We just returned from Newmar in Nappanee, IN to home in central FL. No issues finding overnight CG space. We used fast food take out on a couple of occasions but mostly eat in the RV. Stopped at a couple of individually owned CG and a couple of KOAs CG. No issues. Some used a night box to provide you your information with the office closed others operated as normal. That said we are happy to be home. We have been caught out on the road several times for these types of national crisis events, thankfully we were in the USA this time. :)
 
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Glad you had a smooth trip back south Joe, all things considered.
 
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Hope you had a successful visiting Nappanee and glad your travels were smooth.
 
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With the virus spreading rapidly in LA I cancelled my two KOA reservations (Baton Rouge and New Orleans) and will re-route around LA. Kudos to KOA for effortless cancellations, full refunds.
 
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We had scheduled a month long trip through Southern California, Arizona and New Mexico primary to visit the FMCA Event in Tucson mid March. We got as far as Malibu before turning around back to our home in the SF Bay Area. We like to schedule ahead so we had many reservations along the route, some independent, some KOA, some Good Sam. Every single one refunded every dime of deposit with no questions asked. Very pleased and surprised as this situation is going to get pretty tough for many of these parks.
 
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With the virus spreading rapidly in LA I cancelled my two KOA reservations (Baton Rouge and New Orleans) and will re-route around LA. Kudos to KOA for effortless cancellations, full refunds.
Wise move, @Neal; New Orleans is just exploding with new cases.

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I feel safer RVing and at Campgrounds. I'm not too fond of heading home but so be it. Camping is isolation by design. The CG I'm at now locked the office and they are doing after hours procedures around the clock. I wish the KOA at Las Cruces did that, I wasn't happy having to spend time in the office registering, it's unnecessary!
 
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We originally had reservations for the month of April at Azalea Acres up in Robertsdale AL. We generally use them once or twice a year. They have extremely long pull thru sites, only charge $300+ electric per month, and have always been pretty friendly.

We had to call and cancel because of the virus. We had a $100 deposit with them. They are not refunding anything which really disappointed me under the circumstances. They said we could apply it toward another visit in 2020, which really isn't much help. Probably not a CG we will use in the future.
 
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We originally had reservations for the month of April at Azalea Acres up in Robertsdale AL. We generally use them once or twice a year. They have extremely long pull thru sites, only charge $300+ electric per month, and have always been pretty friendly.

We had to call and cancel because of the virus. We had a $100 deposit with them. They are not refunding anything which really disappointed me under the circumstances. They said we could apply it toward another visit in 2020, which really isn't much help. Probably not a CG we will use in the future.

Well from their prospective I can understand, though I too would want my deposit back. They are likely going to lose a lot of money. Depending on how long this goes on many campgrounds may have to raise their rates and some good ones may go under. I pray neither.

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I believe I have read other posts on RV forums where others have received full refunds for deposits due to current events. But I agree, they will no doubt lose money in 2020 just like hundreds of thousands of other businesses. I just feel that when you keep deposits under the present circumstances you are really taking advantage of your customers misfortunes.

The next Florida CG we are going to for the month of April seems to treat their customers just the opposite in these difficult times. They told us that during our upcoming 30 day stay we didn't have to worry about paying the electric because they were going to take care of it. The park manager explained that since they had to close their pool and clubhouse they decided it was only fair they did a little more for their customers.
 
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That is great. Airlines are the worst and don’t want to give any refunds. We were planning a trip to Europe late July and flying out of Calgary because it was convenient with our travels. I wanted to cancel but no refund, I can rebook but Calgary won’t work if I do. Airline says too bad
 
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That is great. Airlines are the worst and don’t want to give any refunds. We were planning a trip to Europe late July and flying out of Calgary because it was convenient with our travels. I wanted to cancel but no refund, I can rebook but Calgary won’t work if I do. Airline says too bad
Yeah, Bill, but they will be at the head of the line for the new economic stimulus money.

TJ
 
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That has always been a tough deal when dealing with airlines IMHO. The DW flies domestically once or twice a year during our winter down time. She can't go more than a couple months without hugging and kissing our grandkids, imagine that?

It is always a tough call on getting the insurance or not. It really increases the prices of tickets so we usually don't buy it.
 
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So due to the uncertainty of the virus and of the individual state mandates on restricted travel, we needed to cancel 5 reservation with KOA campgrounds. All five refused to refund full amount because " you were scheduled to stay after April 30, so no refund of cancellation fee."

I feel this is a windfall profit on behalf of KOA! I am providing them with ample notice which allows their parks to fill the space I had reserved. The virus and government response by State and Federal is not something of which I can control . In good faith, KOA should not be taking advantage of the situation even if their policy dictates it. These are extraordinary times, extraordinary companies in our great country have stepped up for the American People. Why is not KOA stepping up for their campers?
 
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