RV Travel Newsletter: August 18-24. Issue 547

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Weekend of August 18, 2012

Issue 547 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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Recorded late afternoon, Friday, Aug. 17

Okay, where do I start? Whew! I arrived today at my fourth state of a two-month cross country trip. I will probably visit 15 to 20 states before I finish sometime in October.

I've been moving fast. I arranged to meet a couple of friends my first week away. I am happy to meet them, but I've been racing to meet up. I don't like that. I prefer to go at a snail's pace. So, I've put in a lot of miles on boring interstates where I have done battle with trucks, trucks and more trucks. I pass them on an uphill, then they roar pass me on the downhill. The speed limit says 75 for cars and 65 for trucks. I go 65 and the trucks fly by. How do they get away with that?

I am writing Thursday night from Provo, Utah, which is south of Salt Lake City. I was in Pocatello, Idaho last night at the Cowboy RV Park. It's a nice looking place -- mowed grass and many trees. I paid $34, which is a lot of money but I needed a hookup because it was bloody hot and I am not into sweating if I can pay $34 to power my air conditioning. I asked the guy at check-in "How are you?" He frowned. "It's hell getting old!" That's exactly what he said -- he just blurted it right out! I replied that I was older than him, which was my polite way of saying "Quit complaining." He said no way. I said yes. I should have bet him double or nothing on my campsite: if I'm older, it's free. If he's older like he says, I pay double. But I didn't think that fast. And, sure enough I was older by four years. He said I looked good for my age. If I were a woman he might have said, "Well, you are a handsome woman." A woman knows she is beyond her prime when someone calls her handsome.

BUT SOMETHING REALLY BUGGED ME about the Cowboy RV Park: for my $34 I had to level up my rig. The paved site I paid good money for was sloped. If I didn't put the appropriate blocks under my tires, I would have slept downhill. I would have had bad dreams or the contents of my stomach would have migrated to my throat, which is no good. This is what is wrong with too many RV parks: they want your business but don't go all the way to give you your money's worth. For $34 I expect a level site!

The trip so far has been excellent, but it hasn't been pretty: forest fires are burning up the West, and I have often felt like I was in a bad L.A. smog. In the gorgeous campground at Craters of the Moon National Monument in southern Idaho, where I should have seen a million stars in the night sky, I saw one. The smoke was thick. My eyes hurt. That campground cost me $5 with my old person's discount. It was a great deal except for the smoke.

I have visited a few museums so far and been fortunate enough to see the world's largest potato chip in Blackfoot, Idaho, home of the Potato Museum. I paid $3 admission, but that included a 4.2 ounce packet of Hungry Boy Premium Hashbrown Potatoes. Just add water: makes one pound.

I have posted often at Facebook, usually a few times a day. Even if you are NOT registered there you can still see what I write and my videos. Just click and look. Or better yet, sign up and then you can comment. That way you can tell me if you think something I posted was good or stupid. 

That's about it for now. Got to get some shut-eye and then move on down the road. . .

Here are two videos I have done so far on this trip. They are short.
•How I blew getting a free campsite.
A short report on my visit to Craters of the Moon National Monument.

IF YOU MISSED yesterday's (8-17-12) edition of the Great RV Accessories Newsletter, you can read it here.

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In November, we will debut a new newsletter -- RV Tips Daily. Every Monday through Friday we'll post one valuable tip about RVing and one video tip from a nationally respected RV expert. To sign up, click here. It takes about 30 seconds. And look at our list of other newsletters while you're there.

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Roadtrek has debut its lowest priced, lightest weight mid-size Class B motorhome. Its low weight and a smaller engine allow use of a lighter chassis. Weight is further reduced by a portable 110-volt generator for use only when needed. There is no propane system: everything is electric.

Montana's Crystal Lake Campground in the Big Snowy Mountains has finally opened after a year's closure due to flooding. Flood waters wiped out access roads, damaged trees, and flooded the camp's vault toilets.

An RVer is fortunate to be alive after her fifth wheel caught fire along Lake Corpus Christi in Texas. A neighbor used a wrench to break out a window and free the woman. This is the second RV fire the woman has escaped from in three months.

Residents of Red Bluff, Calif., will be asked to decide if RVers should pay a tax when they stay in RV parks in the city. The Transient Occupancy Tax applies now only to motel and hotel guests, but city officials say taxing RVers would rake in $100,000 more each year.

Managers at the RV/Motorhome Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Indiana say they're happy with an influx of visitors after the RV museum hosted the Midwest RV Super Show for the first time ever. More than 500 folks toured the museum during the show weekend.

A family of four escaped death after someone tried to light their trailer on fire in Hayden, Idaho. Police found a burn line leading from the rig to a melted gas can nearby. The owner says he'd had a confrontation earlier with a man who'd been spinning his tires in the RV park.

Navistar will throw an open house at its RV towable facility in Elkhart, Indiana September 18-20. It will also show off its newly reengineered Trail Lite and Holiday Rambler lines, including the return of the Presidential Luxury fifth-wheel lineup.

Two of Kentucky's Army Corps campgrounds will close early this year for road repairs: Kendall Campground closes November 4 and Waitsboro Campground September 9. Both should reopen in Spring, 2013. Flooding in May, 2010 damaged roadways in both campgrounds.

RV manufacturing giant Thor Industries says sales for its fourth-quarter were up 15 percent, with sales at $770 million. Stock in the company shot up 11.5 percent on the announcement.

The price of gasoline is up because of surging crude oil costs and refinery woes, and will likely make 2012 the costliest year ever at the pump. USA Today reports that the price of gasoline is up 31 cents since mid-July and is now higher than a year ago in 39 states. Prices are expected to climb until after Labor Day.

A freak hailstorm in the British Midlands on June 28 left at least one "caravan" insurer holding the bag for more than 100 RV damage claims. Hailstones the size of a 50 pence coin pummeled roof vents and panels. A "50-pee" coin as Brits call them is roughly the size of a U.S. dollar coin.

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More news

"Who's your daddy" questions are answered in a New York RV. Jared Rosenthal's motorhome has been converted to a mobile DNA test lab where paternal questions are answered for fees up to $575.00. Rosenthal says its a daily drama.

Pooped out? Sturgis, South Dakota officials have closed the city's RV dump station after "several incidents of improper and illegal use."

Off-road vehicle fans are none-too-happy after the Marine Corps announced it's considering closing Johnson Valley near California's Twentynine Palms and converting it to training use. Closure would add 146,000 acres to the base.

Thor Motor Coach has introduced the Model 37GT motorhome to its Challenger line of premium gas-powered Class A RVs. The new model offers a large island kitchen with massive countertop spaces. Learn more.

A rash of arson (and suspicious) fires have hit RVs in Huron, South Dakota. Last weekend police report someone set fire to a motorhome and a travel trailer, as well as two cars. All fires occurred within a half hour of each other on Sunday, August 12.

RVer Rita Crundwell is accused of embezzling $53 million from Dixon, Illinois city coffers. Her 2009 Liberty Coach motorhome went on the U.S. Marshals Service auction block. Marshals hoped the $2.1 million motorhome would sell high, but gave up when not even half the amount was bid at the August 3 sale.

RV manufacturer Forest River has caught a big financial break from Elkhart County, Indiana government. The county approved a property tax break to encourage the builder to expand plants in the county, bringing with it as many as 160 new jobs.

Florida state parks have seen a jump in visitation of 3.4 percent, a second straight year increase. Officials are happy about that as visits in the 2009-2010 fiscal year dropped 6 percent. Honeymoon Island was the system's favorite for the sixth year in a row.

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

On this date in history
Compiled by Dell Bert

August 18
1817: Glouster, Mass., newspaper reports a wild sea serpent offshore.
1926: A weather map is televised for the first time.
1937: Robert Redford is born.
                   1940: Automotive giant Walter P. Chrysler dies.
                   1992: Basketball great Larry Bird hangs it up.

Class B motorhome comes with
slideout and roomy bathroom

This is the roomiest Class B motorhome we have ever seen. It's the first to come with a slideout. The result is a lot more room than your regular Class B RV. If you are thinking of downsizing or are looking for an RV you can store in a garage, this might be the answer. Wow! Is this pretty! Check it out.

The list is long for the latest RV recalls
There are an unusually high number of RVs being recalled in the most recent government bulletin in July. Here's the rundown of what's being called in for repairs. Double check to learn if your RV is on the list.

Take a trip through some of South Dakota's most spectacular country
The RV Geeks take another break from their great tech tip videos to take you along on their trip to Mt. Rushmore, Custer State Park and the Black Hills of South Dakota. If you have never visited this piece of gorgeous America, put it on your bucket list. Watch their 5 minute video.

Mark your calendar for

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 & RVtravel.com editor Chuck Woodbury

Compact BBQ grills that work
Our do-it-yourself guru Rich Miller, the Wanderman, takes a break from modifying and/or otherwise improving his motorhome to discuss compact barbecue grills that he can easily carry in his 24-foot RV. He's got a rundown of some good ones. Maybe you'll want one for your very own. Read more.

How to determine the age of your tires
Do you know when your tires were made? Do you know how to find out on a tire you plan to buy? Our RV tire expert and blogger Roger Marble explains what you need to know about the age of tires. It can sometimes be confusing if you don't know how to read the tire's manufacturing date code, but Roger explains that for you. Read the article.

Understanding and preventing
electrical shock from your RV. Part Two

This is a repeat of our 12-part series about basic RV electricity by Mike Sokol. Learn how the electricty works and how to protect yourself and your family from shocks and possible electrocution. Here is part two, about how to protect yourself and others from shocks and possible electrocution. This is important. Please read.
Did you miss part one of the series? Read it here.

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.

You have never seen an RV like this!
Let's see, how would we describe this? Humm. . . We'd probably say one of a kind, and that would be right because it's a concept RV. The idea is a very fuel-efficient car with modular living quarters. Confusing? Well, check out the photo and read more.

If you travel and don't blog about it,
did it really happen?

Do you keep a blog about your travels? Many RVers do. Not only is it a good way to share where you are and what you do with friends and family, it is also a way for you to document your life. Where were you on July 4, 2009? Can't remember? Check your blog: it might know. Read more.

Family RVing:
Coin toss game is a good (and fun) way to entice kids to take a walk

Most kids resist going on walks under the guise of being bored. Add some interest to an ordinary walk around the campground by letting a coin determine where you’ll end up. Campgrounds make an ideal place to try this activity since there are so many paths and roads. Start at your RV campsite by having a child toss a coin. “Heads” means you start walking and turn left. “Tails” means you head to the right. 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
About how often do you fly on a commercial airline? Answer here.

Last week's question
Would you loan your RV to your best friend for a weekend?
Read the survey results.

Past reader surveys and results.

Top RV Resort Expansion Opens This Fall
Bella Terra of Gulf Shores Phase 3 Ready October 2012

Bella Terra of Gulf Shores, one of the nation's top rated luxury RV resorts has broken ground on the third and final phase of the Class A only resort in Foley, Alabama. Lot owners who purchase before the October opening are able to customize their lots like never before including adding outdoor kitchens, gazebos, custom paver drives, and much more. The resort will be hosting three Open House weekends this Fall with resort tours, free entertainment, and special social events. Find out more by calling (866) 417-2416 or by visiting their website at www.BellaTerraRVresort.com.


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

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.

American's Largest
RV Consignment Dealer

Buy or sell your used motorhome, diesel pusher, fifth wheel, or travel trailer hassle free at PPL Motor Homes. And check our huge selection of parts!  PPL is the largest RV consignment dealer in the USA, selling over 24,000 consigned RVs since 1972. Visit the PPL website

Latest fuel prices
Here are the latest U.S. average prices per gallon of gasoline and diesel fuel.
Regular unleaded gasoline: $3.70 (on Aug. 17)
Change from week before: Up 4 cents 
Diesel: $3.96 (on Aug. 13)
Change from week before: Up 11 cents

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.

Backflow problem when connected to city water hookup

Dear Gary,
I am wondering if there is a replacement backflow valve for the city water hookup. It looks like I will have to spend $60 to replace the entire hatch for the freshwater city and tank fill. Any suggestions? --Rick M., (Baldwin, WI)

Read Gary's response.


RV Holding Tank Septic Treatment

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Capture the power of citrus to stop odor in your RV. This concentrated formula breaks down waste in your RV holding tank with a fresh scent of citrus. One capful of this convenient dry formula will treat a 40 gallon tank. There are eighteen treatments included in the 18.6 ounce bottle. Limit one per customer at this incredibly low price! Learn more or order.

The RV Shrink
So exactly what is a full-time RVer?
Dear RV Shrink:
We are new at all this RV lingo we hear around the campground. We have people tell us all the time that they are FULL-TIMERS. We finally figured out that meant living in their RV year-round. We live in our rig year-round but some of that time is in our driveway at home. We found it so easy to live in our rig we stopped moving back into the house when home. We think of our property as one of the nicest campgrounds we stay in. When I explained this to a campground neighbor, she said, "Well, you're not a full-timer if you still own a home and go back there for a few months every year." Now I'm afraid to open my mouth when the subject comes up about full-timing. Can you define the term more precisely for me? --Fully confused in Folsom

Read the RV Shrink's response.

Internet Specials!

Joke of the week
Child getting ready for school: "All the kids at school say I look like a monkey."
Mother: "Hurry up and comb your face."

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 18, 2012 with a swell prize!
TODAY'S PRIZE: A travel-size first aid kit. Keep it in your car or in your backpack for basic medical emergencies (you should have a bigger one for 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 18 beginning at exactly 9:30 a.m., Pacific Time (12:30 p.m. in the East).

Official Knowledge Quiz Rules.

Save $4.95 on Wal-Mart guides!
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

Should you buy an RV new or used?
The cost of the RV and how much you can afford to pay each month are important factors when deciding between a new or used RV, but there are several other factors to consider too. If you are only going to use the RV two weeks out of the year, a used RV might be your best decision. On the other hand, if you are planning on going fulltiming or traveling cross-country, a new RV with a full warranty would be a more logical choice. 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.

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.

In our Reader Forum

One or two air conditioning units?
I will become a full timer in a few short months. As I narrow down my fifth wheel selection I keep coming to the question of one or two air conditioning units. Do you think I should limit my selection to trailers with two AC units or at the bare minimum a trailer that is pre wired for a second AC? --Ron Hyde. Read comments or answer here.

What type of RV cover is best?
We just purchased a 40 foot Fleetwood RV and want recommendations for the best RV cover. We have been told canvas is best but seem only to find polypropylene covers. The manual that came with the RV says canvas only. What is preferred? Can you offer a suggestion? Read the comments or answer here.

Sign up for our forum. A great way to exchange information and get your RV-related questions answered.

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even while your RV is moving*

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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.

Questions and answers
for editor Chuck Woodbury

Send your RV lifestyle-related questions to Chuck@RVtravel.com. Please no questions about RV repair or maintenance, just lifestyle.

Dear Chuck,
My wife, two corgis and I have been RVing with a 30-foot travel trailer for three years. I'm retiring next week and one of our goals is to travel without a strict schedule. Here in California one must make reservations well in advance. What do full-timers do when it's time to move from one area to the next? We aren't ready for the snowbird circuit, but want to "see" the country. --Alan and Judy

Alan and Judy,
I seldom make reservations. I'd say when you MUST be somewhere -- or want to be there at a certain time, make a reservation. Otherwise, just hit the road and start looking for a place in the late afternoon that looks good. If you totally strike out, there's usually a Wal-Mart parking lot for a one-night stop. In general, campgrounds in the most popular areas will fill up fast or be reserved well ahead of time. Off-the-beaten path destinations or en-route destinations are much easier to get into without a reservation. Good luck.

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To participate, click here Monday through Friday.
The cash prize is now $145.00. 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.
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Bill's Hints
Holding tank treatments
When buying holding tank treatments, check how many treatments are in the bottle. Treatment doses range from two ounces to eight ounces. Don't be fooled by big jugs that may have less treatments than you think. -- From Motorhomes Made Easy


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
Orange Custard Bars
Serve these toothsome bars for dessert or a coffee klatch. They’re moist, so provide a fork and plate. They can get sticky in hot, humid weather so keep them cool and, for food safety, refrigerate leftovers. No mixer required and there is only one bowl to wash. 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
My wife says I should get up and go to work, but the voices in my head say I should stay home and clean my guns.

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

This year's drought is expected to ruin many crops and increase food prices, but perhaps not much. According to the August 6, 2012 issue of Time Magazine, "Americans are comparatively well insulated from the increase in crop prices, largely because our diets are so full of processed goods that only about 15 cents of every dollar we spend on food actually goes for food. (Most of the remainder goes to packaging and advertising.)"

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
When pulling over to let a slower vehicle pass, try to do so on a downhill stretch of road. When you get going again gravity will give you an extra push, saving you fuel as you return to your cruising speed.

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
"Nothing happens unless first a dream." --Carl Sandbug

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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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