Why not allow RV/Trailer camping? (It's all self-contained, etc.)

As most RVers know, not all RVs are completely self-contained. Some have bathroom facilities inside the rig, while some camper or trailer setups don’t have bathrooms or indoor kitchens. Staff interactions or enforcement issues with non-RV/trailer campers would put both staff and the public at risk.

Additionally, self-contained RVs require dump stations, which are currently closed. When they reopen, there will be a ramp-up period so they can be checked and adequately staffed.

Even though many RVers live in self-contained motorhomes, parks in some jurisdictions must provide serviceable restroom facilities in their campgrounds, no matter the clientele or “camping” equipment used.

Allowing one type of camping – or one type of RV camping - over another would require higher than normal staffing at a time when our staff is stretched thin.

Finally, we want each stage of reopening to reflect our commitment to access and equity. When campgrounds reopen, they should reopen to the broadest range of visitors possible.

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1. What is reopening on May 5?
2. Do I need a Discover Pass?
3. What are the "challenges" in opening camping? (Some people claim there's more social distancing practiced while camping than in day-use visits.)
4. Can I get an extension or refund on my Discover Pass for the month-long state lands closure?
5. Will bathrooms or other facilities be open at these areas?
6. Will restrooms at trails be open?
7. Are docks available at marine state parks?
8. Are pumpout stations open for boaters in Washington?
9. Will anchoring be monitored or regulated? How about beach landing areas for dinghies?
10. Since parks are day use only for now, what time will the parks close and all boaters sent on their way?
11. Are playgrounds open?
12. Is camping reopening?
13. Why not allow RV/Trailer camping? (It's all self-contained, etc.)
14. Will I get a full refund for my camping or overnight accommodation reservation?
15. Will state lands close if there are issues with crowding?
16. How can I report any issues of crowding, trash or other concerns of wildlife areas or boat launches to WDFW?
17. Can I still volunteer to help clean up and maintain my local state park?