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RV companies hope
to save the day.

Home Sweet
(Motor) Home
To support health care workers through the
COVID-19 pandemic, the RV and campervan
communities are sharing their rolling homes.
By Amelia Arvesen
WITH TRAVEL PLANS ON HOLD

this spring, summer, and possibly
longer, the RV and pop-up shelter
communities are working together
to help keep people safe. Many
companies and individual owners
are lending their mobile vacation
homes to workers on the front lines
of the pandemic. And because many
people don't have space outside their
homes to park a 30-foot RV, some
campgrounds-including KOAs and
fairgrounds across the country-
have reserved spots exclusively for
health care staff to safely isolate

from their families and stay safe
when they are traveling.
Airstream and Jayco are among
the manufacturers that are finding
new and creative ways to be of service during the pandemic. Both have
donated mobile homes to health
care providers and other frontline
workers, whether to use as safe
havens and quarantine capsules, or
to help medical facilities maintain
social distance while providing extra
virus-testing spaces.
"Like everyone, Airstream is looking for ways to do what we can to

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curb the spread of the coronavirus,"
says Bob Wheeler, the company's
president and CEO. "One of the best
defenses seems to be testing. These
are local heroes, and we're doing
what we can to help those doing
the testing stay warm and healthy."
Airstream made and donated
several Nest travel trailers to workers in Shelby County and Jackson
Center, Ohio-home of Airstream's
production facilities and corporate
headquarters. Indiana-based Jayco
contributed two toy haulers to local
clinics to serve as additional space
for pediatric immunizations and
another to a fire department.
According to the RV Industry
Association, numerous dealerships
are performing critical maintenance
repairs to the additional rigs on the
road; servicing mobile medical clinics already in the field; and selling
products to federal, state, and localagencies. The Adventure Lodge in
Boulder, Colorado, is offering health
care workers a 15% rental discount
on its fleet of adventure vans.
Manufacturers have also pivoted
production. SylvanSport is making
N95 masks, medical tents, face
shields, and more at its manufacturing facility in Brevard, North Carolina. Airstream's sewing department
shifted its focus from curtains and
cushions to masks and protective
gowns for hospitals in its area. Winnebago provided masks to a medical
center in Iowa. And Lance Camper
in Lancaster, California, offered up
its available supply of PPEs to its
neighboring hospital.
"As a safety-conscious manufac-

turer, we had many of the needed
PPE items on hand, and the Lance
Leadership Team was eager to
donate these critically needed
resources," says Matt Buckman, VP
and general manager at Lance.
The greater camping community
is also showing extreme generosity.
RV and campervan owners have
turned to Facebook groups like RVs
for MDs, as well as rental sites like
outdoorsy.com to share their mobile
homes with medical workers in
need. Through Outdoorsy, hundreds
of owners have discounted their
rentals for people on the front lines.
First, Outdoorsy worked with 30
private health care companies to
build an accommodation program
for nurses, doctors, and other first
responders. Then, on May 15, it
announced the Healthcare Heroes
program, which gives road trips to
health care workers who need time
to recuperate and recharge after
fighting the virus. Within the first
24 hours, Outdoorsy received 500
nominations for deserving workers,
and 200 vehicles were donated by
individuals. Outdoorsy co-founder
and CMO Jennifer Young says
she has been overwhelmed by the
stories. Plus, for all trips booked
from now until June 30, the site is
matching with nights donated to
first responders.
"In some industries or businesses,
there's just generally nicer, more giving people, and I think the campervan and RV communities are like
that," says Young. "This is why we
started the company-to provide
health benefits to people."

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