How has COVID-19 changed our plans? 

Saturday 28th March 2020 
by Matt 
 
How has COVID-19 changed our plans?

The world seems a very different place compared to just 2 weeks ago - things have changed, and so must we.

We're safe

First, to those people have been reaching out to us and asking if we're OK.

Yes, we're safe and healthy.

Diana and I are both doing well. As full-time RVers, we're practicing social isolation the best way we know how - boondocking in the middle of nowhere!

But it's worth remembering that as full-timers, we have no "home base". As stay-at-home rules are being passed around the country, it is uniquely impacting full-timers. We don't own or permanently rent land anywhere, so we are reliant on RV parks, campgrounds and public lands.

So it's been very reassuring to hear from people who are concerned about us - again, thank you!

This blog post is just an update on our situation, but if you want to learn more about how the coronavirus is impacting RVers then check out this fantastic blog post about Full Time RV and Coronavirus from our friend Stacy of You, Me & the RV.

Our canceled 2020 plans

As two people traveling around the country in an RV, visiting federally managed National Parks, it should come as no surprise that our plans for 2020 have changed!

We hadn't shared our plans for the year, but I'm confident that they're not going to happen now.

After the Xscapers Convergence in Bishop, CA scheduled for early April, we had planned to start heading east. We've been carrying our ski equipment with us since we hit the road and still haven't used it, so we planned to stop by a few ski resorts in California, Utah and Colorado on our way east.

We were then going to attend Diana's college reunion in Massachusetts in May, before putting the RV in storage for a couple of months and flying to Europe for some international travel.

Obviously none of that is looking very likely now! We're taking each day as it comes and continuing to reassess the situation, but our plan for now is to stay stationary.

Revised short term plans

Although it might not seem immediately obvious, we feel incredibly fortunate how we're positioned to endure the coronavirus pandemic.

Both of us are healthy, have no underlying health conditions to worry about, and are among the lowest risk demographics. Not that we're immune, but we're certainly at lower risk.

We are self-employed and work from home (the RV) so no need to commute. We have no immediate family or pets that we need to take care of.

Furthermore, 18 months of RVing as taught us to be self-sufficient. Spending two weeks in one spot without any contact with other people is no big deal. And our RV was already set up to give us maximum flexibility to live off-grid.

RV Solar: Part 1 - Introduction & Goals

Installing solar panels on your RV is essential for boondocking off-grid. We've learned so much in the last year!

RV Solar: Part 1 - Introduction & Goals

With 600W of solar on the roof, a home-made 200W portable panel and 300Ah of Battle Born lithium batteries, we already have enough power on sunny days to fully recharge our batteries, run the Instant Pot and fill our hot water tank with the electric water heater.

RV Electrical Upgrade: Part 2 – Battle Born Lithium Batteries & Victron Inverter

In Part 2 of our series on upgrading the electrical system in our RV, we're going to be jumping straight in with the biggest components - the Battle Born Lithium batteries and a new Victron MultiPlus inverter / charger . We'll also be laying the groundwork needed for installing the remainder of the system later on in the series too.

RV Electrical Upgrade: Part 2 – Battle Born Lithium Batteries & Victron Inverter

We enjoy cooking so we stocked up on basic pantry provisions so we don't need to go grocery shopping more than necessary. In fact, for the foreseeable future, the only thing that will interrupt our boondocking is the need to dump and fill our tanks when we move every 14 days to a new camping spot (most federal lands have a 14-day stay limit).

Running the Instant Pot on Solar Power

We love boondocking in beautiful, remote places, but when we're near a city we make the most of it to stock up!

Running the Instant Pot on Solar Power

We're just taking each day as it comes - avoiding social interaction to prevent us from not only contracting COVID-19 but also from spreading it.

Keeping busy

So what are we going to do with all this time we have now?

Well, that's easy!

Diana is hard at work editing videos about all the amazing National Parks we've been to. Right now there are more than a dozen places we've been to that we haven't published videos about yet, so make sure to check out our Adventurous Way YouTube channel for a new video every Thursday at 6am PST.

Meanwhile, I'm working on lots of content for our brand new website. Follow us on Facebook and subscribe to our newsletter so you don't miss out on updates about new blog posts and website features.

What to expect from us

Without in any way diminishing the severity of the current situation or the sacrifices of front-line workers fighting the coronavirus, we want to try and carry on as normally as possible.

Although our travel plans are postponed for now, we look forward to sharing new videos and blog posts about the National Parks we visited before the coronavirus pandemic.

We're also taking the opportunity to work on a few mods on our RV. If you have an RV too and can't wait to get out camping, then look out for new blog posts about our mods coming soon. This is a great time to be working on your RV to get everything ready for when this is over!

Without the electrical upgrades we made to the RV, we would be really struggling right now. We don't have a generator so we're reliant on the sun for power, but at least we don't have to worry about carrying gas cans around!

Installing a Double Kitchen Faucet and Ultrapure RV Water Filter

Upgrading our kitchen faucet and adding a dedicated filtered water spout for the Ultrapure under-sink filter system.

Installing a Double Kitchen Faucet and Ultrapure RV Water Filter

Similarly, our upgraded water faucet with its inline cartridge filter means we have clean, drinkable water for the entire time we're off-grid without having to fill bottles of water. And, somewhat remarkably, more than 8 months after we planted the seeds, our AeroGarden Harvest Elite is still giving us fresh herbs, although I don't think it'll last too much longer.

AeroGarden Harvest Elite in our RV

Living in an RV, one of the things we miss is our garden, and fresh herbs. Fortunately, we've found a way!

AeroGarden Harvest Elite in our RV

For now, we just hope you're safe too and that everything returns to "normal" as soon as possible!

Stay tuned for more!

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