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Idled traveler offers RV to health care provider

Idled traveler offers RV to health care provider
Idled traveler offers RV to health care provider
Jenny Pauly of Corydon is offering to loan her 28-foot-long recently remodeled RV to a health care provider in need of self-quarantining during the COVID-19 pandemic. Submitted photo
Kaitlyn Clay, Staff Writer, [email protected]

Jenny Pauly had just finished renovating her RV when the COVID-19 pandemic began. She had purchased the RV from her neighbor and was preparing for a cross-country trip to the West Coast. Once campgrounds began to shut down across the country, Pauly and her family knew the trip had come to an end before it even began.

Pauly came to find a solution for the unused RV, however, after seeing a group on Facebook called RVs 4 MDs. This group works to match RVs that are sitting idle and not being used with health care workers who need a place to isolate or self-quarantine after a shift or for an extended period of time. When Pauly first came across the group before the pandemic, it had about 200 members. Now, the group has more than 31,000 members on Facebook.

“I just thought that it was a small thing that I could do to show my support for our first responders in the area,” Pauly said. “It was best for us to stay at our home, but that isn’t the case for a lot of people in the health care profession. If other people can benefit from using our RV, why would we not do our part to help out? It was a simple decision for us.”

While Pauly and her family have found two possible matches in the past, the RV, which is 28 feet long, was too big for the space on their property where they would hope to keep it.

The group on Facebook and Pauly are working to still find a match for a health care provider to use the RV, which features one queen-size bed, one twin-size bed, a full bath, a kitchen and a small TV. The RV does have air conditioning but will have to be able to reach a power hookup in order for that to be provided.

Pauly said she is offering to deliver and set up the RV in Southern Indiana or the Louisville area. Her hope is to one day be able to explore the country in the RV, but, for now, her desire is to help those who are helping everyone else.

“Maybe when the campgrounds are open and I feel it’s safe, we will take it on the road,” Pauly said. “But until then, there are bigger issues and many more people who could use this RV for a place to keep themselves isolated to prevent the spread to their families or loved ones, and that’s what I hope it can be used for.”

For anyone in the medical field interested in utilizing Pauly’s RV during the pandemic, she recommends they reach out on the Facebook group RVs 4 MDs or to her on Facebook directly.