RV Travel Newsletter: Aug. 4-10. Issue 545

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Weekend of August 4, 2012

Issue 545 of RV Travel
Learn about RV camping, RV travel, RV news and much more. This newsletter, now in its eleventh year of continuous weekly publication, is made possible through sales at RVbookstore.com, by our advertisers, and through voluntary subscription contributions from our readers (thank you!)


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Editor's corner

With Chuck Woodbury
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When it comes to camping, we North Americans are very fortunate. In both the USA and Canada we have countless thousands of beautiful campgrounds to choose from in national parks, state parks, provincial parks, and national forests and other public lands -- where spacious, often private sites await. In my limited travels around the world, I have not seen anything elsewhere as wonderful.

In Europe, campgrounds are most often in flat fields, often grass-covered, where caravans (travel trailers) and motorhomes hole up side by side. I have never seen a North American type of campground in Europe, one with private sites like we have at home -- often separated by trees or foliage, with a picnic table, grill and a campfire pit. My favorites here at home are the campgrounds in a Western forest, perhaps by a lake or stream. In the winter, I enjoy BLM sites in the Southwest deserts, where you can see a million stars at night and relax by day in peace, or hike through the beautiful desert landscape.

The picture to the right above is one of the few campgrounds I found on my recent trip to Turkey. It's in an urban area behind a hotel in the seaside town of Kusadasi. Like other parks I observed there, the sites are very close together with no privacy. Oh, the campers were enjoying themselves, but to me, staying there would offer no meaningful experience with nature.

VIRTUALLY ALL THE CAMPGROUNDS I have seen in Europe are similar, whether in the U.K., Germany, France or Italy. Even in New Zealand and Iceland (see pic below, right), where I have camped, I saw nothing like what we have here in North America. Please email me ( chuck@rvtravel.com) if you have had a different experience or about your experiences in general: I'd also love to hear from some Aussies about the campgrounds in their land.

Granted, most of North American commercial RV parks are not scenic wonderlands. Many are designed for an overnight stop and nothing more. Others are "resorts" with swimming pools, spas, golf courses, game rooms and tennis courts. And there are others, like KOAs, that fit somewhere in between. These campgrounds definitely serve a purpose and are well suited to the needs of many RVers. But to me, the best campgrounds are the ones owned by you and me, the public, that showcase the incredible beauty of North America -- whether in a forest, the desert or along the seashore. They are places for peace and quiet (most of the time), and a chance to be outdoors in the fresh air, often with a canopy of stars to gaze upon at night.

Yes, we are fortunate here in the USA and Canada. Very fortunate!

P.S. Last week's reader survey question was "Do you ever talk to yourself (out loud)? It turns out that 91 percent of you do, at least some of the time. I loved the response of a reader named "Grumpy," who commented "I am the only one who dares to talk to me like that."

NEW NEWSLETTER
In the fall, we will debut a new newsletter -- RV Tips Daily. Every Monday through Friday we will post one valuable tip about RVing and one video tip from nationally respected RV experts. To sign up, click here and check the box for the new newsletter. It takes about 20 seconds. And look at our list of other newsletters while you're there.

Do you have any photos of yourself camping as a child? If so, we'd love to see them to possibly publish them in this newsletter -- like we did with the pic of the two young ladies in the news section of this issue. Just email them to me, chuck@rvtravel.com .

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Wholesale shipments of RVs to dealers were down from May but were still ahead of shipments in June a year ago. Towable sales increased 3.7 percent from the month before while motorhome sales declined 1.4 percent. For the year, movements of all RVs were up over the first half of 2011.

Have any information about the $54 million in "hidden assets" of California State Parks? Leave a tip at (916) 324-7561 or email ParksInvestigation@doj.ca.gov.

A 12-year-old boy suffered a broken pelvis when a 40 foot tree crashed on his tent in California's San Mateo County at the Sequoia Oak overnight campsite at Memorial Park.

Huntington Lake in central California is suffering a shortage of campsites. For two straight years Rancheria -- the area's largest campground -- remains closed. Remodeling of the camp started in 2010 and appears complete, but the managing agency says it is closed by "unscheduled holdups."

Arkansas RVer Pat Martin is having more than just a bad day. On an RV trip to Illinois, Martin tried to turn his rig around but wound up stuck in a ditch. The motorhome exhaust caught grass on fire, which consumed the unit. This was Martin's first trip out since last year when he had to have his rig repaired after it was hit by a tornado.

Visitors to Colorado State Parks can enter free on August 6 in celebration of Colorado Day. Don't get too excited, all other fees including camping and reservation fees will remain in place.

Campers in Alberta, Canada have been having quite the time with wildlife lately. Last week a young wolf was killed after it stalked a man, his child, and their puppy at Mount Kidd Campground. In Banff, campers were warned of bears in campsites at Two Jack, and cougar sightings at Mosquito Creek.

Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort in Santa Claus, Ind., donated $6,300 to the Ronald McDonald House in Evansville in 2011. Combined with the previous two years, the RV park has donated a total of $29,000 to the charity.

An RVer returning home from a non-RV vacation was startled to see his motorhome parked beside the highway, about 50 miles from where it should have been. Police are looking for whoever took the RV from Terrace, BC.

U.S. Forest Service officials in North Dakota have reopened the Burning Coal Vein Campground in the badlands area, 28 miles south of Medora. Road and parking spur improvements accompany new picnic tables and grills. Drinking water is now available too, courtesy of a hand pumped well.


Mark your calendar for
America's LARGEST RV SHOW!

Make your plans now to attend the huge Pennsylvania RV Show, coming Sept. 12-16 to the Giant Center in Hershey. See more than 1,000 of the newest model RVs plus a sprawling display of RV accessories, services and travel information. Enjoy free educational seminars every hour. Take a break to visit Chocolate World (yum!). Want to stay overnight? RV camping is $25 a night on the premises. This is the Granddaddy of RV shows. Don't miss it! Learn more at LargestRVshow.com (and print out a discount coupon). Meet the RV Doctor Gary Bunzer.


More news

RVing UFO chasers set your GPS for Wilbur, Washington. A pattern of seven crop circles has appeared in a wheat field, ten miles south of Grand Coulee Dam. Crop circles first appeared here two years ago.

Cruise America, a major motorhome rental agency, has taken delivery of their 30,000th motorhome. At present the company's fleet includes 4,000 RVs. Through its 40-year history the company has sold 26,000 used rental units.

Australian RV manufacturer Knott Investments Pty, has lost the ability to use the brand name Winnebago on its products. The U.S. company Winnebago says Knott tried to "hijack" the brand name to prevent the U.S. company from selling in the Land Down Under.

Forest River is recalling 850 model year 2005 to 2011 Berkshire and Charleston motorhomes. Read the details.

Road workers who forgot to reinstall warning signs may be up for a cussing after a British Columbia couple tried to cross under a nine foot overpass in Ascension, Prince Edward Island. Their RV's air conditioner was neatly sheared off; another RVer following behind stopped in time after witnessing the clip-off. Height signs were neatly stacked beside the underpass.

Good Sam rallies for 2013: Albuquerque, N.M., April 11-14 at the Balloon Fiesta. Syracuse, New York, June 13-16 at the New York State Fair.

Non-profit groups and others that donated money to help keep California state parks open are crying foul after $54 million in "hidden funds" were discovered on the state's books. Some want their money refunded, others suggest a promise that the "found" money will be spent on parks.

After flooding rains fell on Arizona's Chiricahua National Monument, saturated soils and more predicted rains have forced the closure of the monument's Bonita Canyon campground until further notice.

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On this date in history:
August 4
Compiled by Dell Bert
1914: U.S. proclaims neutrality in World War I.
1927: Country legend Jimmie Rodgers records for the first time.
1936: Jesse Owens wins the long jump in the Olympics.
1944: Anne Frank and her family were arrested by Gestapo. 

Keep up with RV Industry
news
throughout the week at RVbusiness.com.



RV cabinets: The space is often useless. Better design necessary
Our blogger Russ De Maris writes: "The distaff side of our team thinks that the RV industry needs to hire more women for the design side of the job. She may have a point -- it seems like industry can make it "pretty" but they seem to have a real problem making it "practical." Take cabinets as an example. Nifty "oak" with filigree scroll work, shiny mirrors, and brass pulls, but open the door and inside is a big space that's often useless." Read more.

Why can't you use deep cycle batteries as engine start batteries?
Rich Miller, the Wanderman writes: "When I was planning my solar charging system, I had to determine the storage capacity of my house batteries. Since my battery compartment is so small, I can only fit two Group 27 deep cycles in there." This got Rich thinking about why he couldn't rig things up so he could start his engine with the house batteries. In part one, he discusses what might be involved.

RV destructs before your eyes
Have you ever seen an RV get bounced and banged around so that in a few minutes it's a heap of rolling trash? In this short video, watch as an RV is driven in front of a fair crowd over jumps and moguls. With each one the RV loses a piece of itself. The owner of the RV bought it for $5, lived in it for a couple of years and then decided he wanted to see what would happen if it got jostled a bit. Here's the hilarious result!

Buying an RV? Watch for water damage!
Not everyone can afford a brand new RV, and many first-time RV owners buy a pre-owned rig, often to make sure the lifestyle is a good fit for them. There are plenty of things to be considered when evaluating a used rig -- far too many to cover in an individual article. But with your money (and happiness) at stake, one of the first things to watch out for when used-RV shopping is water damage. Read more.


"The Most Comfortable Camping Chair!" -- Chuck Woodbury
Superb back support!

The STRONGBACK folding camping chair was designed to provide back support; other camping chairs don't. Sit just once in a STRONGBACK chair and you'll never sit in a regular camping chair again! And the STRONGBACK is far more comfortable than any other camping chair. RVtravel.com editor Chuck Woodbury is a big fan. Click the video to see his 60-second testimonial. Visit the STRONGBACK website for more information.


How to avoid overloading your RV
Overloading an RV is dangerous and should be avoided. While it is almost impossible to overload a passenger vehicle because of space restrictions, that's not so with an RV where there's lots of room, and that can present a serious problem. Read more.

2013 version of
Microsoft's Streets and Trips released

The 2013 version of Microsoft Streets and Trips is a helpful travel companion and easy-to-use laptop guide enabling you to get the most out of your road trip, making efficient customized travel plans whether on the road or at the pump. Here's a rundown of features on the new 2013 edition.

Generators: less is more
Our boondocking blogger Dave Helgeson writes: "When it comes to boondocking I subscribe to the “less is more” philosophy. In this weeks installment, let’s look at how this mind set applies to generators. Read more.


RV Technical
and Roadside Assistance!

Add a roadside assistance plan today from Coach-Net and give yourself valuable peace of mind while you're on the road away from home. We've got you and your family covered. Your membership includes coverage on your RV and all other personal vehicles (including motorcycles) -- owned, rented or borrowed! Learn more about our RV plans.


RV Roadtrip: RV Geeks travel Glacier Park's spectacular "Going to the Sun" Road
The RV Geeks are taking a break from their helpful "how-to" tech videos while they are on the road. In their latest video they spotlight traveling Glacier Park's legendary "Going to the Sun" road. If you have never traveled this, you'll get an idea of the fabulous adventure that awaits you. And if you have traveled it, then here's a trip down memory lane. Watch the video.

A truck camper classic combo:
Silver Streak and Chevy Longhorn
If you're a truck camper buff, here's what many would call a classic combination: A Silver Streak cabover atop a Chevy Longhorn, both of relatively the same vintage. The camper was built in 1968, and the pickup (with an original 37,000 miles) just a year later. Read more and see a photo.

How to understand RV weight terms
Overloading an RV, whether a motorhome, travel trailer, fifth wheel trailer or other recreational vehicle, can spell big trouble. Here is advice from RV expert Mark Polk about how to understand basic RV weight terms. Make sure you understand these terms before buying an RV. Click here.

How to deal with a "texting" driver
Keeping your eyes out for road hazards is a full-time business for the RVer. Between pot holes and exit signs, our eyes are constantly moving. Then add in the "impaired driver" factor. Weaving between center and fog lines, driving way to fast or slow, they telegraph an unmistakable signal that something's wrong. What's often wrong anymore is the "texting driver." Read more.


FREE DIRECTV & RV Satellite Kit for
Your RV!

(With purchase of DIRECTV home service) Take all of your favorite shows, movies and sports teams with you on the road!  NFL SUNDAY TICKET is back and is included with CHOICE programming or higher!  PLUS, right now, DIRECTV ON DEMAND, with thousands of shows and movies is INCLUDED!  And for a limited time get FREE HBO, SHOWTIME, Starz & Cinemax for 3 mos. with CHOICE programming or above! Packages start at just $29.99/mo!   Offers end soon! CALL NOW for additional promotions and savings!  866-365-4372. Visit website for complete information.
LEGAL: Offers end 8/29/12. Credit card required (except in MA & PA); New approved customers only. All offers require 24-month agreement. FREE RV KIT: Requires NEW residential home service activation & purchase of ENTERTAINMENT programming or above.  Additional terms and conditions apply. Call for details.


This Week's Reader Survey
How much TV coverage of the Olympics are you watching? Answer here.

Last week's question
Do you ever talk to yourself out loud?
Read the survey results.

Past reader surveys and results.


Build Your Dream Lot!
Phase 3 of Bella Terra Now Selling

What's on your wish list for the ultimate lot? Custom pavings? A gazebo? Waterfront seclusion? Five-star amenities? Get all of these and more at Bella Terra of Gulf Shores! Already one of the TOP RATED Class A Only resorts in the country, Bella Terra has broken ground on the third and FINAL phase of their five-star resort in the heart of the Emerald Coast. Each of these new oversized, waterfront lots can be customized with a number of luxurious amenities. Call Bella Terra today at (866) 417-2416 or find out more at Facebook.


Resources

Upcoming RV Shows
See the long list of upcoming RV shows for 2012 and 2013.

FreeCampgrounds.com
More than 2,000 places to stay for free or less than $10 in an RV.

Latest RV Recalls
See them here, along with past recalls.


Get SECURE internet access anywhere,
even while your RV is moving*

No contract. No recurring monthly fees. Secure connection!
Learn about a new mobile Internet service that allows you to connect your laptop or tablet while you're on the go at 3G speed. There are no contracts, no termination fees, no credit checks -- and you own the equipment (which costs about $45 or $85). Pay for usage just like with a prepaid cell phone. And the connection is secure: so go ahead and do your online banking safely! Watch a video by RVtravel.com editor Chuck Woodbury or visit JustGetMobile.com to learn more.
*in most areas of the USA where Sprint wireless service is available.


Latest fuel prices
Here are the latest U.S. average prices per gallon of gasoline and diesel fuel.
Regular unleaded gasoline: $3.57 (on Aug. 3)
Change from week before: Up 8 cents 
Diesel: $3.79 (on July 30)
Change from week before: Up 1 cent


https://rvbookstore.com/shop/images/2/t/1483.jpgBest seller. New edition!
Guide to Free Campgrounds
The 2012 edition of Guide to Free Campgrounds contains more than 12,000 public campgrounds across the USA, including those in national forests & national parks, & on lands of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) & at Corps of Engineers lakes -- all with camping fees of $12 or less per night! This is one of RVbookstore.com's all time best sellers. Learn more or order.


RV DoctorAsk the Doctor
The RV Doctor, Gary Bunzer, answers your questions.

New this year: Gary's eBook, The RV Doctor's Technical Guide to RV Electrical Systems. Learn all about your RV's 120-volt electrical system. Order now and be reading a few minutes later.

Wall damage from water intrusion. Is there an inexpensive fix?
Dear Gary,
What's the most inexpensive way to deal with a soft wall spot where there was prior water damage? Also, the outside has a bubble. Anyway of smoothing it without spending a fortune? Under our window, the day/nite shade pulled out and upon inspection, found a little hole where wall is soft and we need to fill it in with something and patch it but clueless where to begin. We got the RV about five or six years ago and didn't really pay attention to the small bubble outside. But later on, our day/nite shade on both sides of our bedroom under the windows pulled out from the wall. . . . Is there a filler we could put in the holes? And is there a way of straightening out the bubbles outside, patching them or something we could do? . . . --Angie L.

Read the complete question and Gary's response.

SEE GARY'S VIDEOS at RVdoctorVIDEOS.COM.


Slimline 175 Watt Power Inverter

List price $39.99. Now only $11.95!
Never go without power to your portable devices again! The 175-Watt Slimline Power Inverter is the most compact, flat inverter on the planet! This light-weight power inverter plugs into your auto‘s cigarette lighter or other 12 volt port and has separate jacks to power all of your AC, DC and USB devices. Perfect for laptops, game systems, MP3 players, digital cameras, mobile phones, GPS systems and more. It will even play through your car speakers. Limit one per customer at this incredibly low price! Learn more or order.


The RV Shrink
The disagreement is: Where do we junk the junk?

Dear R.V. Shrink:
My wife and I are green minded individuals and take our recycling responsibilities seriously. Our ideas part company when the recycle starts to pile up and we can't find a bin to dispose of it properly. My wife insists we carry it until we find the proper receptacle and I tell her we don't have the room for large amounts of recycle. It is an ongoing argument. Often we have recycle in the tow car, in the basement storage and even in the roof pod. Help me, please. --Junk in the trunk in Tahoe

Read the RV Shrink's response.


Internet Specials!
 

Joke of the week
Wife: "I think you only married me because my daddy left me a lot of money."
Husband. "That's not true. I didn't care who left you the money."


Headed to Alaska?
Check out these books and DVDs

2012 Milepost Directory
DVD: RVing Alaska with Joe and Vicki Kieva
Traveler's Guide to Alaska Camping
Guide to the Alaska Highway
The World Famous Alaska Highway
DVD: Alaska By RV
More Alaska Books


This issue's
Knowledge Quiz

One quiz on Saturday, August 4, 2012 with a swell prize!
 
TODAY'S PRIZE: The just-released new edition of Janet Groene's best selling book "Living Aboard Your RV."

QUIZ QUESTION WILL NOT APPEAR until the exact start time as noted below (before the actual start time you will only see previous contests).

Answer the quiz here on Saturday, August 4 beginning at exactly 9:30 a.m., Pacific Time (12:30 p.m. in the East).

Official Knowledge Quiz Rules.


Michelin RV Tires
Buy at Competitive Prices through FMCA’s Advantage Program. Learn more.


Odds and Ends

RVing the South
Changes coming for RVers who camp on TVA lands.

RV Arizona
State parks beckon RVers to August events.

Northwest RVer
Hike the waterfall trail at Silver Falls State Park.
Wenatchee Youth Circus to appear at two 1000 Trails parks.
      Visit the Northwest RVer page at Facebook. . .

RV Short Stops
Free RV camping with Arizona caving adventure.
Manito Park is a Spokane, Wash., treasure.

Frugal RVer
Credit card "Swipe fees" may swipe more from your wallet.


Save $4.95 on Wal-Mart guides!
GET THE POCKET GUIDE FOR FREE
Here are two great guides to Wal-Mart stores, the "Wal-Mart Atlas" (Second edition, published 2011) and the "Wherezitat? Locate A Wal-Mart Pocket Guide" (includes stores that DO NOT allow overnight stays). You get the Wherezitat guide for FREE with the purchase of the Atlas, packaged together to save you $4.95 over purchasing separately. Get both guides for only $24.95, a $29.90 value! Learn more or order.


Tech Tips from Mark Polk

Is your RV an orphan? Not so bad if it's an older model Fleetwood
An orphan RV is an RV that was built and sold and at some point (after the sale) the RV manufacturer went out of business, leaving the consumer with no warranty, parts or service network. Unfortunately this happened with lots of RV manufacturers across the country during the recession. Fleetwood, however, will continue to support RV owners in warranty, parts and service. If a person owns a motorized Fleetwood product, built prior to the new Fleetwood ownership, warranty work and service work will be honored at current Fleetwood dealerships. Read more.

Learn more about RV repair and maintenance from Mark's many helpful books and DVDs at RVbookstore.com. And don't miss Mark's new RV consumer magazine. Click here to read it.


2012 EDITION
Guide To The Firearm Laws
of the 50 States

RVers who travel with a firearm may not know that what's legal in their home state may be a felony in another. This 2012 book explains current, specific gun laws for every state. Don't cross a state line with a gun without knowing the laws. Learn more or order.



RV Insurance: Specialists in RV insurance. Explorer RV Insurance
RVs For Sale: Thousands of RVs for Sale, New, Used by Dealers & Private Sellers. RVzen.com

potogoldWin cash with our Pot of Gold Contest.
To participate, click here Monday through Friday.
The cash prize is now $135.00. Each weekday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Pacific time) we publish a randomly selected U.S. Zip Code. If you live there and are the first to tell us, you win the money which increases every day there's no winner. Certain rules apply.
Last week's Zip Codes: 67134, 38858, 38769, 75946, 61532

Bill's Hints
Awning tip
Sometimes you have to roll up your awning while it is still wet. Remember to extend it later to dry the canvas and prevent mildew from forming." --From Motorhomes Made Easy


eBOOKS!
INSTANT READING ABOUT RVing!

With eBooks you don't have to wait to read your book. Just place your order and your eBook will be delivered almost instantly to your email inbox. These eBooks are written by RV experts and delivered in PDF format. Check out the big selection of eBooks at RVbookstore.com. Browse the RVbookstore.com eBook department.


The RV Kitchen
Chicken Mushroom Salad
Buy garlic vinaigrette or another tangy oil and vinegar dressing in a bottle. Everything for this quickie salad can be bought pre-cut, pre-cooked and pre-packaged. Just throw it all together and bask in the compliments. Get the recipe.

Cookbooks for RVers: Big selection at RVbookstore.com.


New edition. Just published!
Living Aboard Your RV
Anyone who has dreamed of living on the road in an RV will find Living Aboard Your RV invaluable in planning and living the lifestyle.  Author Janet Groene, with her vast experience as a full-time RVer, has put all the essential information in one volume, covering all the necessary topics from choice of RV to electronic communication, costs, banking issues and so much more.  Even those who plan to travel only a few months of the year - or seasonally - should read this.  Learn more or order.


Bumper Sticker of the week
Bad Spellers of the World, Untie! (thanks to reader Bob Duncan for this one).


These DVDs will make you a better RVer
Get these popular DVDs and others at RVbookstore.com

Tow Your 5th Wheel Trailer Like a Pro
Better Business Bureau Guide to Buying an RV
Choosing an RV: A Logical Approach (with Joe & Vicki Kieva)
Do It Yourself RV Care (with the RV Doctor)
Drive Your Motorhome Like a Pro
Guide to Class A Motorhomes
Guide to Class C Motorhomes
Towing Behind Your Motorhome
Guide to Travel Trailers & Fifth Wheels
Guide to Trailer Towing, Weights, Hitch Work & Backing
Guide to Winterizing Your RV


Trivia
Weird: Perhaps the oddest weapon ever was patented in Waterloo, New York in 1862. The combination gun and plow was designed to be used by farmers to quickly turn their plows into powerful guns to defend themselves if attacked while plowing.


Best sellers at RVbookstore
•Baby picture has nothing to do with this ad. It's just a cheap trick to attract your attention.

RVers Best Public Campgrounds. Directory of public campgrounds along major roads.
Trailer Life RV Road Atlas. A best seller every year.
Mountain Directories East & West editions. Learn about steep grades ahead.
Trailer Life Campground Directory. You travel by RV? Then you need this!
DVD: Deep Cycle Batteries. Learn all about this essential RV item.
Big Rigs Best Bets Campground Directory. THE directory for owners of big RVs.
The Fifth Wheel Bible: The only book just about fifth wheel trailers.


Random RV Thought
A good alternative to a power-sapping air conditioner is a low-power, 12-volt evaporative cooler. One such unit, TurboKOOL, requires a mere 2.2 to 4.6 amps to operate depending on the speed of the fan, and it can even be solar powered.


BEST SELLER!
RVers Best Public Campgrounds
This is a terrific guide for RVers who like to stay in public campgrounds not too far off the beaten path. It lists hundreds of such campgrounds within a 30-minute drive from an Interstate highway. They include those managed by the feds, state, county or cities. Overnight fees for most campgrounds are $19 or less. The campgrounds will accommodate most RVs. Learn more or order for only $17.95


Worth Pondering
"If you limit your actions in life to things that nobody can possibly find fault with, you will not do much." --Charles Lutwidge Dodgson


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. . . and on our several dozen other websites and blogs. If you have a business or represent one with a product or service aimed at RVers, you should check this out.

About the RVtravel.com editor
Chuck Woodbury has explored America by RV for nearly three decades. In the '90s he published the quirky travel newspaper Out West, and was an "on the road" writer for the New York Times Syndicate. His RVing adventures have been profiled on ABC News, CNN, NBC's Today Show, and in People Magazine, USA Today and in hundreds of newspapers.  These days, he lives near Seattle where he drinks massive amounts of coffee and travels often in his motorhome and sometimes by plane when vast expanses of saltwater would turn his RV into a leaky submarine. He is the host of the Better Business Bureau DVD "Buying a Recreational Vehicle," the definitive guide to purchasing an RV the right way.

Chuck on the radio
Hear Chuck on Rick Steve's travel show on National Public Radio.


RV Travel staff
Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Contributing editor: Russ De Maris. Contributing writers: Julianne Crane, Gary Bunzer, Silvanna Clark, Bob Difley, Roger Marble and Richard Miller. Office Manager: Jody Allcott. Warehouse operations: Eric Brotman. New York City correspondent: Emily Woodbury.

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