RV Travel Newsletter: September 15-21. Issue 551

 

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Weekend of September 15, 2012

Issue 551 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!)


No more sewer smell in your RV
New roof siphon cap improves on old Shark Fin roof vents! No moving parts!
Are you fed up with smelling sewer odors in your RV? If so, the 360 Siphon is for you. Odors can only go one way with this new product -- up and out of your RV, not inside the living area. If RV manufacturers really cared about their customers they'd install these (Forest River soon will) instead of cheap vents that simply cover your sewer vent, allowing odors to stink up your rig and even bug's nests to plug them up. Click the video to see how this works. Easy installation. Fits all RVs. Learn more or order. Endorsed by RVtravel.com editor Chuck Woodbury.


Editor's corner

With Chuck Woodbury
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At the Hershey RV Show, my buddies and I have talked about the increasingly high cost of camping. I had thought in the weeks before the show, as I crossed the country with my RV, that where to stay overnight for many RVers might come down to a choice between a Wal-Mart parking lot and a $50 site in an RV park. Yes, I know you can find less expensive parks if you search, but they are often out of the way and/or not pleasant places.

On this trip, I have stayed a few times at KOAs. The weather was hot and muggy and I needed electricity to run my air conditioning. A basic electric/water site was $40 to $50, which is pretty standard these days: in my case, when I stay at such a park, I arrive early and leave as late as possible: I usually spend my time writing and tending to business matters. So I get good value for my money. Most overnighters, however, just sleep and leave -- and $50 is a lot to pay just to sleep.

I do not use swimming pools or park bathrooms -- and I'm not the only one.

WHY ISN'T THERE AN INEXPENSIVE, no-frills option at RV parks for low-impact RVers? RV park owners say it would be too hard to separate the bargain campers from those paying full price. I do not believe that, although I do believe it would be a challenge. I believe the owners don't have the necessary business savvy to figure out how to do it profitably. I also believe that one park offering a low price option is a drop in the bucket: there must be a well-advertised coast-to-coast network. But when it comes to an innovative idea, 99 out of 100 people will tell you it can't be done. Then one person will come along and do it. These are the Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Sam Waltons of the world.

Just look at Motel 6, a radical idea back in 1962 when it was founded by contractors William Becker and Paul Greene. The men saw a golden opportunity to provide an inexpensive, "no-frills" alternative to other once-budget motel/hotel chains such as Holiday Inn, which had grown increasingly upscale in quality and price. The TVs in Motel 6 rooms, for example, were black and white and coin operated unlike the free color TVs in the more expensive lodgings. Becker and Greene designed rooms to be cleaned in less time than the other chains. Motel 6 was a hit and has grown to 1,000 locations in the USA and Canada.

IN CONVERSATIONS AT THE HERSHEY SHOW, I was encouraged to learn that there is, indeed, some buzz about a national network of existing parks modifying their operations to serve overnighters for a low flat fee. Also at the show, I was lucky to grab a few minutes with KOA CEO Jim Rogers. I told him my concerns about reasonably-priced campgrounds for overnighters. "Right now we do not sell any end zone seats," he said. Translation: "We don't sell any bargain campsites." And although he never directly addressed my concerns, I came away hopeful that KOA might one day offer a low-cost option.

I believe a creative business person needs to come along with a plan for an extensive network of low-cost, no-frills, self-check-in campgrounds, and then run with it. The campgrounds would accomodate fully self-contained RVs for a single night, maybe two. "No frills" would mean no-hookups or 30-amps of electricity for an extra $5, no water or sewer hookups, no swimming pool, no bathrooms, and an automated dump station that could earn a profit.

Some one could make this happen. But is that person out there? To me, that's the question.

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CONTEST WINNERS TO BE NAMED NEXT WEEK
We received so many entries to our essay contest that we will not be able to announce the winner until next week's issue. So check back, and thanks to the hundreds of you who entered. From what we have seen so far, there are some very creative entries. The grand prize is a $429 Magellan RoadMate RV9165T-LM GPS.

ULTIMATE RV AND RV SUPER PAGES
DISCOUNT CAMPING CLUB UPDATE

We asked for your opinions last week about these two discount camping clubs that advertise heavily on the Web. The clubs have been widely described by RVers in other forums as a "ripoff" or "scam." Here is how our readers responded. And please leave your own comments.

NEW NEWSLETTER
In mid-November, we will debut a new newsletter -- RV DAILY TIPS. 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.

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. Just email them to me, chuck@rvtravel.com.


DVD shows how to drive a motorhome
Learn how to drive a motorhome the right and safe way from RVer/tour bus driver Lorrin Walsh. In this 67-minute DVD, you'll learn how to confidently drive a motorhome. This should be essential viewing for novice motorhome drivers, but even experienced RVers will benefit. Now save 12%. Learn more or order.

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The highest speed limit in the U.S. will soon be 85 miles per hour -- in Texas. A 41-mile run on the toll road between Austin and San Antonio received panel approval for the limit, but Highway Department officials will decide just where and when the new limits will apply.
 
Touting an "automotive look," Keystone RV has received a U.S. patent for the front end cap design of its Cougar travel trailer. The cap is aerodynamic and includes an integrated propane storage compartment.
 
Pensacola, Florida RV dealer, Carpenter's Campers, has partnered with Habitat for Humanity to fund the construction of four single-family homes in 2012. Each new home owner will contribute at least 200 hours of "sweat equity" in the construction of their home.

Goshen, Oregon RV dealer Ingram RV is paying $34,000 in fines and restitution after allegedly bilking customers in consignment sales deals and defective RV problems. Dealership owner Mark Ingram did not admit to any wrongdoing.

Heartland's Prowler travel trailer line posted a huge 635 percent gain in sales through June, according to a report from Statistical Surveys, Inc. The company says they'll roll out new floorplans and upgrades in the upcoming model year.

With eight confirmed cases hantavirus contracted in Yosemite National Park, officials there have undertaken a trap and kill program to reduce the park's deer mouse population. Reuters reports a park service epidemiologist calls the rodent population "unusually high."

Internet RV forum group, iRV2 has sold out its upcoming National Rally at Sevierville, Tennessee. Members will meet September 16 for a week-long rally that includes two days of seminars.

The U.S. Forest Service has filed proposals for changes at the Albert Pike Recreation Area in Arkansas. Areas previously open to overnight camping will now be day-use only. This follows the deaths of 20 people in a flash flood there in June, 2010.


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Guide to Free Campgrounds
The 2012 edition of Guide to Free Campgrounds contains more than 14,000 public campgrounds across the USA, including national forests, national parks, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Corps of Engineers campsites and others, 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.


More news

Nicholas Pollock, a 15-year old Florida boy stricken with cancer can go RV camping with his family, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Giant Recreation World in Melbourne, Florida. His wish for an RV for his family was granted on September 8.

Lose your marbles? Tennessee's Standing Stone State Park will host the 30th Annual National Rolley Hole Marble Championship on September 15. Some of the top U.S. marble shooters will match up at the tourney and festival.

The Washington State legislature has ruled state parks must be self-sustaining. Now the parks' commissioners have fired back. They say without $18 million in state-provided funds the parks are in danger of having their nature changed by wealthy donors, into something other than "family oriented."

Early winter? In just four days the only road into Alaska's Denali National Park was closed twice due to snow, most recently last Sunday.

Virginia highway officials have provided us with proposed toll-rates for Interstate 95. Should the federal government approve, RVers would be charged these rates: Two-axles $4; three-axles $7; four-axles $9; five-axles $12 and six-axles $15.

A proposed ordinance by Arcadia, Calif., city council members that would have prohibited RV parking within view of the public has been tabled. At least 30 residents spoke out against the ordinance at the last council meeting.

On this date in history:
September 15
Compiled by Dell Bert

1890: Agatha Christie was born.
1928: Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin.
1946: Dodgers beat Cubs 2-0 in 5 innings, game called because of gnats.
1949: "Lone Ranger" premiered on ABC-TV.
1964: Beatles played at Public Auditorium in Cleveland.

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


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August RV recalls cover wide range of problems
LP and diesel leaks. Overheating electrical components. Steering gears that won't. And of course, "Drive 'til the wheels fall off!" It's all here in this month's recalls. Read all about it.

Your tires: What is ply rating?
"Ply Rating" is an old term left over from the days of cotton being used for tire reinforcement. Pre World War II. Today the actual number of layers or "ply" in the sidewall and tread are molded into the sidewall of your tires. The term "Load Range" is used today to identify the maximum inflation for a tire. Read more.

RV antifreeze: is it all the same?
As winter sneaks up on us, some RVers should begin to think about winterizing their rigs. For those who'll be winging to the south to avoid the cold snaps, more power to you, but if you're stuck where temperatures will drop below the freezing point, winterize or prepare to repair broken plumbing come spring. But here's a question -- is there a difference in the types of RV antifreeze?


End of Summer
Half-Off Sale!

Wow! More than 900 items are 50% off during this amazing sale!
Visit our website and see the huge selection of items -- there surely must be something you want or need -- and you'll get it now for half price! The sale lasts until the products sell out. And that could be very fast! So hurry! But remember, at these low half-off prices, the limit is one product per customer. First come, first serve! Visit our website now!


"Building blocks" make for RV tongue jacking quicker
If you struggle to use a manual tongue jack to raise your travel trailer, or even if you hate grinding away with an electric one, you've probably tried stacking blocks under the jack foot to reduce the amount of jacking. Here's a quick, inexpensive, and safer way to make up the difference in height. Read more.

No Shock Zone: Part Six:
Voltage drop. Why and what it means

This is a repeat of our 12-part series about basic RV electricity by Mike Sokol. What follows is the sixth segment of a 12-part series about basic electricity for RV users and how to protect yourself and your family from shocks and possible electrocution. We've all heard about how hooking up an RV on too long or too skinny of an extension cord can force its appliances to run on 100 volts instead of the regular 120 volts, thereby burning out the motors or other components. But before we get into the reality of what happens to gear running on 100 volts rather then a full 120 volts, let’s figure out why this voltage drop thing happens in the first place. Please read.

Wow! Cool radios are much more affordable these days
When Rich Miller, the Wanderman, bought his motorhome it was equipped with a cheap "bargain basement" brand radio. It was okay, but not all that great. Dissatisfied, he installed a better radio. And then, happy with the results, he began looking at other high quality radios on the market. The result? He was impressed at both their quality and affordable prices. Read his story.


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.


New RVer asks: "What is a blue boy"
So what's a blue boy? Well, it's a very useful thing to many RVers, primarily boondockers -- probably the greatest thing since sliced bread. Blue boys are portable waste tanks that allow RVers to leave their rig parked while still getting waste water out to a proper dump station. Read more.

Yet another RV destruction competition
It takes 10 minutes for this Destruction Derby to finish, with one RV left standing. What a mess! One thing this video illustrates is the flimsy construction of these motorhomes. Watch the video.


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.!  Packages start at just $29.99/mo for 12 months!  Offers end soon! CALL NOW for additional promotions and savings!  866-365-4372. Visit website for complete information.
LEGAL: Offers end 10/03/12. 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 important is a game room in your decision to stay at an RV park? Answer here.

Last week's question
At the end of the month, how hard is it for you to pay your bills for basic living expenses?
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.

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.


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
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Latest fuel prices
Here are the latest U.S. average prices per gallon of gasoline and diesel fuel.
Regular unleaded gasoline: $3.86 (on Sept. 14)
Change from week before: Up 6 cents
Diesel: $4.13 (on Sept. 10)
Change from week before: Up 1 cent


"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.


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.

Why do I need to buy new tires? Only 8,270 miles on the RV

Dear Gary,
I am thinking of buying a used Monaco motorhome. It has 8,270 miles on it. The owner says it requires new tires. Why would it need new tires with so few miles? --George, (Calgary, Canada)

Read Gary's response.

SEE GARY'S VIDEOS at RVdoctorVIDEOS.COM.


Get rid of your
uncomfortable RV mattress!

Excel Distributors is a leading manufacturer of RV mattresses, pillows, sheets and mattress protectors for true “home away from home” comfort. All mattresses are designed and made in the USA, in Tualatin, Oregon. Free shipping on all orders. End of Summer Sale! $75 off the Explorer mattress (queen or short queen). EXP 9/30/12  Call 888-691-6801 or visit www.exceldistributors.com. Get rid of that cheap mattress that came with your RV!

The RV Shrink

RV sewer solution

Dear R.V. Shrink:
You mentioned a few weeks back that you used some kind of sewer disposal unit that worked like a macerator using water to break down the solids. I am still trying to find the unit you were referring to. I am hosting in a park that offers me hookups but I have to move once a week to dump. If I could pump 50 yards I wouldn't have to move. We end up spending one morning a week putting everything down and away just to drive next door to dump. You could help restore my sanity if you could solve my sanitation situation without the need to move. --Dirty Swirly in Sweetwater

Read the RV Shrink's response.


Internet Specials!
 

Joke of the week
Most of us have two chances of becoming wealthy . . . slim and none.


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, September 15, 2012 with a swell prize! TODAY'S PRIZE: The book "RVers Best Public Campgrounds."

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, September 15 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

NorthwestRVer
Cap off summer at Idaho's Redfish Lake.

Truck Camper News
Help for determining truck and camper compatability.

RV Wheel Life
Two more free admission weekends to National Parks. One coming this month.

RV News Service
Chasing fall foliage? Here are some leads for finding where to view it.


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

What type of roof is on your RV?
Watch my video that shows you two methods for determining what type of RV synthetic roof you have. For the most part there are two synthetic roofing materials, EPDM and TPO. In this video, presented by Dicor, learn how to correctly determine your RV roof type.

Learn more about RV repair and maintenance from Mark's many helpful books and DVDs at RVbookstore.com.


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 Short Stops
Cowboy Dinner Tree
Silver Lake, Oregon
It appears most folks here in the Oregon Outback wear western boots and drive pickup trucks. They also have hearty appetites. If your roaming takes you anywhere near the Silver Lake area, don't miss the Cowboy Dinner Tree. Lore has it that back yonder when cattle drives came through, one old particular tree marked the end of the day for many outfits. "Old Cookie" would light the dinner fire and cook those hungry boys some hearty grub. That same spot is now home to the Cowboy Dinner Tree Restaurant. Diners are hosted in a rustic cabin with fans cooling in the summer and wood heat come winter. When you call to make your (mandatory) reservation expect to be asked if you want steak or chicken. If you've come with your RV, ask about staying overnight in the dry camping lot across the road. Read more.

Get SECURE internet access anywhere,
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! Perfect for light internet users. Visit JustGetMobile.com to learn more.
*in most areas of the USA where Sprint wireless service is available.


In our Reader Forum

Rust removal
My city water (campground) inlet is rusting, and the rust has run down the side of my 2010 Itasca Class C motorhome. Any suggestions on how to remove it without damaging the painted finish?

Leveling jack issues
Just wondering if anyone has had leveling jack issues like we have. Almost from day one we've experienced one kind of issue or another with them. They are PowerGear electric jacks. Sheared pins and motor issues. Almost everytime we take a long trip, we will end up removing one or more of them because they won't retract. This time is no different. Any thoughts?

Clear coat concerns
Looking to buy our first RV. One that we looked at had just had a new 'clear coat' put on. What should we be concerned about. Will this last? I noticed what looked like scratches under the clear coat.

Our readers blogs or Facebook pages
EDITOR'S NOTE: Check in here to learn about the blogs and Facebook pages of RVtravel.com readers. Feel free to add your own.
 
Sign up for our forum. A great way to exchange information and get your RV-related questions answered.


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
Extended Warranty. See why so many RVers rely on Good Sam's program.


potogoldWin cash with our Pot of Gold Contest.
To participate, click here Monday through Friday.
The cash prize is now $165.00. 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: 98372, 68438, 40031, 33913, 98073

Bill's Hints
Power cables
Use the shortest power cable possible. Voltage drops result from long cable runs. Most permanently attached power cables are 25 feet long and are rated at 30 or 50 amps. Buy and carry a 25-foot extension with appropriate RV connectors.
-- 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

Mexicorn egg salad
Looking for something different for a lunchtime salad? Canned corn with red and green peppers, (one brand is Mexicorn) adds body and color to the same old egg salad.

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
"Your child may be an honor student, but you drive like an idiot!"
Have you seen a funny bumper sticker? Send it to chuck(at)rvtravel.com


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
Firefly lights are the most efficient lights in the world -- 100 percent of the energy is emitted as light. Compare that to an incandescent bulb, which emits 10 percent of its energy as light and the rest as heat, or a fluorescent bulb which emits 90 percent of its energy as light. Because it produces no heat, scientists refer to firefly light as “cold light.”


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
Don't bring firewood from home with you on your camping trips. Many campgrounds do not allow the practice anymore because the wood may bring along harmful bugs that can get lose and harm the native habitat.


Just Published!
Retire to an RV:
The Roadmap to Affordable Retirement
Are you considering the RV lifestyle? Is it for you? Can you afford to retire AND travel 365 days a year? Retire to an RV provides you with the information to help you make that decision. Learn more or order.


Worth Pondering
"What one has, one ought to use; and whatever he does, he should do with all his might." --Cicero


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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.


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