So, what’s quarantine life like these days? Well, I spend most of the day inside the RV, take an occasional walk around the campground while avoiding close contact with any other human forms, and risk my life every 10-14 days by going to the local grocery store. Such is the case for most of us during this nationwide Covid-19 pandemic. So, what’s life like inside an RV during a pandemic? I’m no different than those who live in a traditional sticks & bricks home. Even though my home has wheels, those wheels are not turning these days. I’ve sheltered in place here in Portland, TX for who knows how long. I’m currently scheduled to depart on Jun 1st, but frankly that date is starting to look optimistic. I think it will take an additional month, to Jul 1st, to sufficiently settle down whereby I can get back on the road. Which direction I take when I’m back mobile again remains to be seen.
Day In The Life
My advancing age and overall fair health sort of puts me in the somewhat high risk category, so I’m definitely taking the shelter in place and limiting exposure recommendations pretty seriously. Within the last 4-6 weeks, my only travel outside of the campground has been a couple of trips to the grocery store and the pharmacy. Otherwise, I’ve pretty much been confined to the immediate area. I take walks around the campground to keep my joints from rusting, and to get some fresh air and sunshine. Otherwise, I’m cooped within my 330 sq/ft luxury living accommodations. But, I’m comfortable having all the basic needs (water, electric, sewer, AC, laundry, etc) herein. Certainly could be a LOT worse.
I generally pass the time reading, watching a bit of TV or, when the mood strikes, taking a nap. I’ve been carrying around about a years worth of various magazines figuring I’d find some time to eventually catch up and read them. Well, no better time than the present. I also have lots of books loaded up on the Kindle ready to explore. In addition to family and friends, I follow a number of groups on FaceBook (RV related mostly) so that too has been a time sink to keep up with. I also try to keep my Tech edge active on occasion. Along those lines I’ve done some maintenance work on the Luv2RV blog site, and worked on my Internet connectivity setup here in the RV. I’ve got a new onboard backup system I still need to setup, and a new family YouTube channel to create and populate with 30 years of personal family movies. So, I’m certainly not lacking in projects.
On the more pleasurable side, I’ve been getting a lot of use out of the FaceBook Portal video conferencing devices I purchased for each of my daughters and myself. I sent my grandson AJ a project kit from UGears. It is a mechanical 3D wooden assembly project that uses no glue and no nails. They have a variety of different things you can build from various vehicles to magical boxes. I got him the Card Deck box which was a good starter kit for a first-timer. My daughter Ashley setup her portal on the kitchen table, and I watched and virtually participated in the roughly 4 hour assembly. It was great fun and the resulting card box was really cool. I also found an online card game that allows for multiple people to join so that you can essentially play cards together – virtually. So that, coupled with a Portal video conference, made for some wonderful evenings playing Gin, Hearts, and Spades. Even had a 4-player game and multipoint video conference with both of my daughters and son-in-law. Great way to kill several hours in the evening. Looking forward to more games in the future. My last noted activity has been to take up a bit of gardening. We are all very aware of the severe shortage of Toilet Paper, so picked up some TP seeds and started to grow some of my own. Starting to sprout nicely if I do say so myself!
Well, I was certainly NOT fully prepared for this pandemic. Yea I had plenty of food and other common essentials. But, I have never had the need to purchase a face mask. So, with many of the jurisdictions and even some private businesses calling for the wearing of a mask, I was sort of out in limbo. I didn’t even own a bandana that I could repurpose as a mask. Luckily, my sister-in-law in Waco, TX started a side hustle making masks. She’s a longtime talented seamstress, and had tons of fabric. So, it was a no brainer for her and some other family and friends to get together and start this business. They even created a custom website (HERE) to take and process orders. So I ordered a few from her including a patriotic one, and ones from Marvel and the Avengers. The masks are wonderfully made, complete with an open section to insert your favorite filter material. Lastly, I love it that the box was addressed to “Uncle Bruce”. It’s a wonder that they actually got to me! Thanks Penney and crew for the wonderful masks!
While many of you may not know who this is, the RV community has lost a wonderful and iconic man who’s been in the RV industry for over 40 years. Gary Bunzer, also known as The RV Doctor, passed away on Friday Apr 17th. Sadly he was taken from us by the Covid-19 virus after a several week battle on an ICU ventilator in a Seattle hospital. This RV Hall of Fame inductee was an RV technician and training specialist and had established himself as an expert educator to both the RV owner as well as the RV service professional. I’ve had the pleasure of attending several of the RV Docs seminars that he would hold during the annual Hershey PA RV Show. Every year, he would be there holding several sessions on various RV maintenance and repair topics, and helping educate both the novice and experienced RVer to better take care of their RV. He was vastly knowledgeable and well versed in everything RV, and made a living helping others with his extensive talents. He also had a Q&A column in several RV magazines where he would again share his expertise to those who would ask. R.I.P Gary and thank you for the many, many years of service you devoted to those aspiring to, or living, the RV Lifestyle.
Well, that’s honestly a very good question. With some states imposing mandatory 14-day self-quarantine for anyone entering and staying in the state, while other states have shut down all camping stays that are less then 14 days, it kinda makes for a very difficult environment in which to traverse several states in the name of full-time RVing. So, things have got to get much closer to normal before it makes sense for me to hit the road. Most states have got to be well into the President’s defined 3rd Gate before I would even consider leaving this place. At this point, I’m still trying to figure out what that next destination will be. I’ve got a couple of options I’m kicking around, both being vastly different from the other. More on that in my next blog post. Till then, please continue to be safe and let’s all work together towards getting the economy safely restarted. Till next time, be well!