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Old 04-15-2017, 07:04 PM   #1
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Anyone hear of "sick camper" diagnoses?

Kind of a bad topic, so I apologize up front.

I'm currently house sitting, so I took the opportunity to clean the camper. I don't really "deep clean" while I'm in it. I keep things clean and wiped down but nothing crazy. But I'm going to be using it a lot this summer. I figure every time I'm out of it for a few days, I'll do a deep cleaning.

That got me thinking...like how cruise ships get a food-borne illness type thing going on now and then. Confined space, lots of cooking and all the other stuff that comes along with living. Has anyone ever heard of RV full-timers having issues with a bug in their camper? I mean we're sleeping, cooking, eating, using the bathroom etc all in basically the same room. For people who are a lot more slack on cleaning, it seems like it would come up now and then...
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Old 04-15-2017, 08:10 PM   #2
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The norovirus that happens on cruise ships get passed around through physical contact and contact with surfaces that infected people have touched, and it thrives in those sorts of conditions where there are lots of people sharing space and touching each other and everything around them.

So unless you are going to invite 2000 other campers to hang out in your trailer, you should be more or less safe, at least from contagious things.
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Fresh air and sunshine are great disinfectants. Throw open the windows, vents, and door as often as conditions allow.

I wonder how much of either the bowels of a cruise ship get...

Nothing wrong with deep cleaning from time to time, though!
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My Grandma always said " Hardwork and dirt never killed anyone "
Hard to argue with the logic of a 90 year old farmer.

As Jon said throw open the windows and doors and breathe in nature (Assuming your neighbor is not running a generator )
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Old 04-16-2017, 06:35 AM   #5
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Kind of a bad topic, so I apologize up front.

I'm currently house sitting, so I took the opportunity to clean the camper. I don't really "deep clean" while I'm in it. I keep things clean and wiped down but nothing crazy. But I'm going to be using it a lot this summer. I figure every time I'm out of it for a few days, I'll do a deep cleaning.

That got me thinking...like how cruise ships get a food-borne illness type thing going on now and then. Confined space, lots of cooking and all the other stuff that comes along with living. Has anyone ever heard of RV full-timers having issues with a bug in their camper? I mean we're sleeping, cooking, eating, using the bathroom etc all in basically the same room. For people who are a lot more slack on cleaning, it seems like it would come up now and then...
There are quite a lot of full timers whose blogs and youtube vlogs I have read over the years. I have never even once seen any of them have an issue with a "sick" camper. Lots of *bachelor* types on those blogs. Of course the vlogs tend to keep things fairly tidy since they are doing video of their interior now and again.
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Old 04-16-2017, 09:41 AM   #6
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I'm not so much worried about mine. I know there are a lot more messy people than me. It just got me thinking. And a quick google search didn't find anything, so I agree, it must not be an issue. I mean I see some trailers that are just downright gross...and still hear nothing about people always getting sick in them.

Was just curious.

Makes sense that to really get media it would have to spread through a lot of people, but if you've got some nasty stuff growing in your camper due to uncleanliness, it seems like you could keep getting sick. But it must be pretty rare, which is good.
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Old 04-16-2017, 10:26 AM   #7
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Our family contracted the norovirus one time like everyone in town, so I studied everything I could. It isn't a matter of being dirty or close quarters in an RV, we have never gotten it while full-timing BUT is is crucial that people be careful of "sanitary" conditions, not messy, not dirty, but "sanitary". The biggest enemy with an RV is the working with the black tank and not washing your hands or wearing gloves and thinking about what you are touching therefore spreading throughout your living space. Ah, the things I have seen.

Please be aware that many times, I have seen RVers getting ready to pack up and leave their campsite put the black hose over the fresh water connection and wash it out. Think about that.. We always wipe it down and run the water some before hooking up.

https://www.cdc.gov/norovirus/ Often called the "stomach flu", it is not a type of flu.

With 3 of us having it at the same time, it was a nightmare. They said the hospital was telling people not to come in because there was no space for them, and they would be better off at home. Once that many people have it, the contamination is pretty much impossible to halt. It would be on shopping carts, door knobs............
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I just went out and refreshed the Kanbera Tea Tree oil in our camper. I keep it in the camper year around. Due to the high cost for small containers, I purchased the BAG and refreash the small container as required.

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Old 04-16-2017, 11:12 AM   #9
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I have seen many used RV's for sale I wouldn't touch with a 10 foot pole because of the smell of mold and mildew. I would think that would make sensitive individuals sick. I would also think that campers that have had leaks at some point would be susceptible to mold growing in the walls, especially stick built. But I'm just making this up...haven't seen any official reports.
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Kind of a bad topic, so I apologize up front.

I'm currently house sitting, so I took the opportunity to clean the camper. I don't really "deep clean" while I'm in it. I keep things clean and wiped down but nothing crazy. But I'm going to be using it a lot this summer. I figure every time I'm out of it for a few days, I'll do a deep cleaning.

That got me thinking...like how cruise ships get a food-borne illness type thing going on now and then. Confined space, lots of cooking and all the other stuff that comes along with living. Has anyone ever heard of RV full-timers having issues with a bug in their camper? I mean we're sleeping, cooking, eating, using the bathroom etc all in basically the same room. For people who are a lot more slack on cleaning, it seems like it would come up now and then...
Getting sick is usually caused by germs. If you are healthy when camping then you shouldn't get sick in your camper from your camper. They are your germs and you're used to them. If you let black water back up or don't use proper sanitation when dumping such as disposable gloves and then washing your hands then you could get sick. I see people do awful stuff like using re-usable gloves and putting them in the compartment with their drinking hose. That is an illness waiting to happen. But all in all no you should not get sick from your camper if you keep it reasonably clean. You may get sick when out in public and it shows up later.
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Well I'll explain where my line of thinking came from a little better.

There are a few different situations that are combined in my head to bring up this question, though they don't necessarily relate directly to one another.

One is the norovirus thing. Quick spreading and an entire ship/hotel etc needs to be sanitized. Food-borne illness. Nothing to do with my own germs. This would be from not cleaning up well enough after preparing food. Right along with this would be the already mentioned black water tank stuff. I think more often than not when I'm behind someone at the RV dump, they don't wear gloves, or they wear leather gloves...

Another is something like what can happen in a brewery or I guess hospital. It is such a good environment for breeding germs, that they breed. Because of that, people sanitized the heck out of them. Which can create super bugs. Sometimes a brewery will need to shut down and clean all the lines and everything way better than usual, because they start getting their own special stuff growing and it funks up the beer. So really good sanitation or not, it's such a good breeding ground for things that there's just only so much you can do.

Third I guess is the "sick building" syndrome. Either because of something like lead, mold or other things, a building gets infested and creates constant, low-level irritants to people. Some are more sensitive than others, but everyone's immune system is having to work overtime.

I'm sort of surprised it doesn't happen more in RVs but maybe Jon is right with the sun and fresh air.

As far as "my own germs", it's true, but only kind of. We all have e-coli in our guts. But we also have "good" bacteria. It's when the good and bad get out of balance that we get sick. We are all walking around with more foreign cells in our body than our own cells. When things are balanced, we're healthy. When they get out of balance...But there are constant inputs to my trailer, from the wind, rain, anything I bring in from outside. So even though "my own germs" can and do make me sick, my trailer is getting exposed to, and possibly breeding all sorts of things that aren't mine, personally.

All of which is not to imply I'm a germaphobe...I think the fact that I've learned as much as I have about all this, yet still am not OCD about it and am pretty relaxed, shows how little of a germaphobe I am

It's just stuff I think about sometimes when I have time.
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Most likly, some people could make the unit sick!!!!!!! Just saying
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Mold can be a problem, black mold! Mold allergy Symptoms and causes - Mayo Clinic

One issue I have seen with wearing gloves and the black tank if they keep the gloves on while putting up the hose in an apartment or bag and then touch the outside of the container with the same gloves. The reusable ones have to be stored somewhere, taken off and removed. I have heard many just advocate cleaning your hands. My husband was never able to get the sequence to avoid contamination or, he just didn't want to do the job!
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Can't you guys just go camping and have some fun.....
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