Campgrounds and RV parks closed across the country in the middle of March due to COVID-19 concerns. As summer approaches, campgrounds in many states begin to reopen, just in time for RV season. Concerns over the coronavirus remain, which means it’s more important than ever to practice responsible RVing. Whether you live in an RV fulltime or plan on hitting the road for a vacation this summer, remember to put extra care and time into your usual cleaning routines.
Disinfecting Your RV During COVID-19
Before hitting the road this summer, start your RV season off with a deep disinfecting clean of your mobile home. Consider wearing gloves and using disposable cleaning products like paper towels instead of your old mop and sponge. Existing items in your RV may be hiding germs you would like to avoid.
- Use soap and water to regularly clean surfaces.
- Pay special attention to high touch surfaces like light switches, doorknobs, handles, faucets, sinks, tables and countertops.
- After cleaning with soap and water, use a disinfectant to kill the remaining germs. Choose a disinfectant certified to kill COVID-19 germs — Check out this list to be sure!
- You may need to leave disinfecting solutions on surfaces for a certain time period.
- Clean as many soft surfaces as possible in your RV — carpet, drapes, upholstery.
- Wash fabrics in your RV with the hottest possible water, including your bedding.
- Use alcohol-based wipes or sprays that contain at least 70% alcohol to clean electronics including phones, GPS units and tablets.
Disinfecting your mobile home is the first step in responsible RVing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Starting with a clean slate and maintaining regular cleaning and disinfecting routines will help keep you and other travelers safe.
Practice Social Distancing and Changed Campground Etiquette
People who camp and RV frequently may be used to friendly and outgoing campers at parks. Now, people may be keeping to themselves more frequently in order to maintain proper social distancing. People remain friendly, but expect to see physical and social distancing in campgrounds and RV parks this summer. It may be in your best interest to avoid commonly shared facilities like restrooms and laundry if they remain open.
While states may be opening, it’s important to avoid small towns this summer. Many small towns don’t have the medical resources to help their own residents and they won’t be able to accommodate travelers. Try to stock up on essential supplies in larger cities or towns that can accommodate the needs of many. If you stop in small towns, pay extra caution to what you touch and how you interact with residents, maintaining 6-feet physical distance at all times.
Request a no-contact check-in by calling ahead to the campground or RV park. Offer to pay over the phone via credit card in order to avoid interactions with people outside of your household.
Go outside, but remember to keep your distance. Follow local regulations while outside and avoid crowded trails and trailheads. Many state parks across the country closers because people didn’t follow social distancing precautions. Practice responsible RVing this summer by adhering to social distancing guidelines as outlined by the CDC.
Plan Ahead for RV Storage This Fall
During the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to plan ahead for RV storage. Research RV storage options in your area to verify hours of access and sanitizing efforts exercised by the facility. Security Public Storage offers RV storage and parking at certain locations. All of our storage facilities throughout the West Coast and the Washington D.C. metro area continue to operate with normal access hours, which means you can retrieve or return your RV at times that work with your schedule.
Fairfield RV Storage Now Open!
SPS is proud to announce that we have been hard at work constructing an improved RV storage facility at our Fairfield location. Our state-of-the-art RV storage facility in Fairfield is now open! The facility includes 180 RV parking spaces, all covered with lighting mounted under the covers. You can also find a dump station and many large spaces, 12-feet x 30-feet. Our Fairfield RV storage facility is conveniently located across the street from the Travis Air Force Base.
Contact our Fairfield office for more information about leasing a space at our improved RV storage facility.
Practice Responsible RVing This Summer
Low gas prices and a desire to social distance outside will be drawing many people to campgrounds and RV parks this summer. Remember to practice responsible RVing by disinfecting and cleaning your mobile home regularly and adhering to local regulations. By practicing social distancing we can all enjoy the outdoors safely while helping prevent the spread of the virus. Stay safe and healthy this summer!
*Blog was updated on November 10, 2020 to reflect that the Fairfield RV lot is now open instead of coming soon.